ONLY ORDER THE PIZZA AND THE BARONES ITALIAN SALAD!! That is why we go. It's why everyone in L.A. and beyond goes. It's the reason people that moved away from LA come back... The PIZZA... nothting else, well the salad too.
Started ok but the server was very rushed and stressed and unfortunately that made us feel stressed right off the bat. There were only 2 of us and our drinks came over 5 minutes apart from each other (a lemonade and a non alcoholic beer). Our appetizer was the caprese salad which was actually good. The tomatoes were excellent, the basil was fresh and the buffalo mozzarella while not super smooth and creamy as we are used to, was still very good, just different. The main course took a very long time to come. I had the angel hair primavera with chicken and my wife had the special with eggplant, shrimp and ravioli. The eggplant was salty like an anchovy, literally as was most of the rest. So salty she could not eat it. We called the waitress over and calmly explained, she checked with the manager and was told they woukd give us a free dessert. We stated we would prefer something she could actually eat, after all it is a $25 plate of food. They would only agree to knock 3 bucks off our bill and would not replace the meal. Whatever. My primavera had some very tasty grilled chicken on top but the veggies were horribly mushy and overcooked and there was a puddle of water at the bottom of my plate. Very unappealing. The couple dining next to us waited almost an hour and their food never came. The manager was refusing to agree to let them just pay for their froinks and leave and finally they just asserted themselves and did it. On our way out, still trying to be gracious, I said good evening to our waitress and she rudely turned her back to us! Unbelievable! I will never go there again!
I love Italian Food. Barone reminds me why I love it so much. The Italian dressing is so mmmm.... its very good. Thanks Barone, will be back.
When I was a small child my father would bring home Barone's pizza and salad every Thursday night. Rolos for dessert. We're talking late 50's early 60's. He was a film-editor, and worked long hours. But it was an incredibly special treat,one that my brother and I always looked forward to. I avoided the pizza 'cause i was small and, um, stupid. But once i got over my avoidance of anything squished together Barone's was my favorite place to be. Birthdays, whatever, I did not have an aversion to square shaped pizza. I wish i could copy that Italian dressing because it still haunts me. In a good way.
I had the veal scallopini on marsela, it was to die for. Beautiful, thin white veal. They're known for their fantastic pizza and the ones we shared were superb. Excellent toppings and thin crust that I like the best. We had a very gracious Italian hostess. She was so pleasant and friendly and made certain we all felt welcome and comfortable. The Italian dressing on the salad was fabulous. If I had one complaint it would be there was too much food... but doggy-bags to the rescue - I had a lovely supper as well.
Pros: Our ""Red Hatters"" group felt so welcome, like queens!
Cons: Nothing - our lunch was perfect
i've been to this restaurant quite a few times, and i have to say it is certainly one of my favorites. the food is amazing quality, and couldn't be prepared any better. if you want really authentic italian food, i suggest you go here, you won't find any better. the pizza is my favorite, it has such great flavor. the menu selection they have is great. they have almost everything. i love barone's. i believe everyone should get to experience the great ambiance they have there.
Pros: very nice and polite staff, amazing owner
I had eaten here once before for a friend's birthday...it is an older, dingy looking establishment, I was told the food was good. The food could barely be considered mediocre. We ordered pizza and salad. The pizza crust was slightly burned and the salad was pretty generic and not all that fresh. The service was not great. On my second visit to said establishment, I was invited to meet friends with our children, I suggested other places but this was considered by the others in our group to be most convenient. I grudgingly went along. From the moment we walked in, the service could not have been worse. I asked for a table for eight and was told by the manager that they needed to prepare a table, I followed him to the table, only to have him sharply tell me that he had told me to ""wait up front!"" while rolling his eyes. ""I need room to work!"" I was hardly hovering over this manager with the surly demeanor. I told him that I didn't hear him ask us to wait up front, but that I'd gladly wait there until our table was ready. When the rest of our party arrived at the restaurant, the children in our group who entered quietly and were well behaved, were instantly discriminated against merely for being children by both the manager and the older, very rude, most unpleasant waitress. The waitress was so rude to the children as they were sitting down that she made one of them cry. She then looked at the grown-ups in the party and said ""I didn't do nothing. I don't know what her problem is!"" At which point we left. This place is so unfriendly to families. The food is not that good, the atmosphere is lousy and the service was just awful. I will never return to this place. Save yourself...go somewhere else...we did and couldn't have been happier.
Cons: Horrible customer service, dingy atmosphere, food bland
Barone's has been around forever, but apparently it will not be for long. It is amazing that Tom, the owner, does not know what in the hell he is doing. Not only did he lose his two restaurants, it looks like he will not be happy until he runs the Famous Italian eatery into the ground.
Barone's had class and taste when the original owners had this restaurant. Somewhere around 6 years ago, it went downhill. The last owner passed away and that is when trouble came to manage it. It is too bad that this ""family"" restaurant has been ruined. It was such a joy before.
Cons: Rude owner, staff. Food - terrible
Went to Barone's last night...y favorite pizza usually. Last night orderd two pepperoni pizza's and the were both burned. Either the ovens aren't working properly or
I usually love this restaurant...we sometimes eat there Friday evening and go for the pizza, which is the best. Never had a service problem until....\r
my 82 year old mom raved about this place to her friends at assisted living and they decided to take a field trip there. First, the valet pitched a fit because they brought a ""senior van"" onto the lot. The worst though was when this group of very sweet seniors asked for separate checks. Most of them are in their 80's or 90's and very sensitive to their spending. The waitress not only refused, but said that if they sat apart, they could do 2 on one bill--and actually made them sit in different groups. Management was called, but got huffy and said that was just their policy. No separate checks. The staff was rude thoughout the lunch and seemed glad to be rid of them.I t was NOT the height of \r
the rush hour--I understand that sometimes accomodating special needs customers might be a pain, but these people didn't deserve to be treated in such a rude manner. They won't be back, and it makes me wonder if I will be. I am very disappointed in Barone's---this isn't the restaurant I've come to know.
Pros: Good pizza
Cons: rude service--what happened?
I have eaten at Barone's for forty years. They have excellent pizza and salad, delicious house dressing. I am absolutely in love with the fried zucchini, it is light and crisp and not greasy at all. It seems that there are few good restaurants left in the Valley. Thank goodness this one is still around.
Pros: Best fried Zucchini in Los Angeles
Cons: difficult parking
I went to celebrate my birthday with my family. We have been going to Barones for decades. Recently I read the reviews they have received, mostly negative, and I was concerned that they had gone down hill. Well they haven't. Barones has never been a World Class restaurant, so don't expect that when you go. The food is good old fashioned Italian and has never changed. I've been eating there for more than 40 years and my parents for more than 50. Also regarding the lady with the heavy accent and the bad attitude, she has obviously had a change of mind as she was delightful while we were there. Everyone deserves another chance. Barones is an institution and should have that. You can't be perfect ALL THE TIME. So lighten up people. My family and I will continue to go back as always.
Pros: Pizza - Spaghetti - Sandwiches
well my wife and I thought we'd try out the ""famous barones"". We made our reservation to 3 weeks in advance as we wanted to see our friend perform there. We were assured over the phone by the man who took our reservation that we had a very nice booth near the stage. Upon our arrival, to our dismay, it all went to hell when we checked in with the hostess. I don't know her name, but she was a middle aged women with dark hair and a heavy accent. She had a cold and rude manner. After checking in she made us wait for several minutes then proceeded to lead us to our table far to the back of the room. When we asked her what had happened to the table we had been promised ""near the stage"". She got very defensive and rude. Saying something about it being very busy and we would just have to be ""happy to have a place to sit at all"". Now, our reservation was for 8:00pm. We arrived at 7:55pm. There was hardly anyone in the place at that time. So I was in shock at why she would be so short and rude, and why she gave us such an aweful table. I was appauled at her non existant customer service skills. Not to mention I could barely understand her hideously thick accent. \r
The room proceeded to fill up as it came closer to show time. It was a good show from what we could tell, but we were so far in the back, who could really tell anything. Our server was very nice. Her name was Marissa, I believe. She took wonderful care of us for the duration of our dinner! We had the highly recommended pizza, which was fantastic. We also had Lemon Drop martinis that were made to perfection, the ""old school"" style, which I rarely see these days so it was great to see a place where the bartender knows how to make the classic style of drinks.\r
As we left, we saw the god aweful hostess from earlier sitting with the guy we had been told earlier was the owner. So maybe she's his wife. If so, keep your wife at home and out of your restaurant before she ruins it.\r
To some it all up. Everything was great except for that horrible, rude hostess. My advice is get someone who can run the front desk so you don't anger your customers before they get to experience the great food! I probably wont ever go back. When I make a reservation well in advance to ensure I have a good table, I expect that the reservation is respected.
Pros: great pizza
Cons: terrible hostess
I would not recommend this place they are not honest people.\r
We ordered from one menu and then when we paid they had changed the prices to a much higher price than the menu and said too bad
What an absolute horrible experience I just had at Barone's. As a kid that was my favorite place to go so tonight I thought I would share it with my husband. Im sorry I did. The service was terrible we ordered a large pizza and 45 minutes later the waitress told us it was gonna be a while because they had a big order before us. Then 30 minutes after that I had to flag her down to get our check due to the fact we had still not recieved our food. She brought me the food and the check 15 minutes after that. the pizza was the worst thing I have ever eaten. Needless to say I think I took two bites out of it and my husband never ate any he was so mad. It was very greasy and extremely salty. I paid my bill and was asked if everything was ok and I said no I felt I was treated very poorly. They didn't offer to take the pizza we didn't eat off the bill. And what's worse than all of it they NEVER AND I MEAN NEVER once apologized to us. I will never go back there and I hope that this gets to many readers as possible and they take it into consideration not to either.
I never would have guessed that this restaurant would be such a very bad experience. The waitress was very good, but the Veal Marsala which was on the menu (but not on their website menu) was not delivered. Instead, I got a plate of very overcooked, tough chicken marsala. The chicken was so tough that you had to use a knife, or press very hard using the fork to cut it. The mushrooms and marsala sauce were tasty, but not the chicken. Remember, I ordered 'Veal', not chicken. I called the waitress over and after explaining the problem with the order, agreed to try eating it again. After another couple of bites, I just couldn't eat any more and requested that the waitress take it back and serve me the veal marsala. A taller, 45ish owner / manager brought the plate back to the table and stated, ""We don't do that here!"" I was caught a little off-guard and reiterated that I ordered veal, not chicken. He again said that they didn't do that at Barones, and that it 'was' veal. He then started cutting it in front of everybody at the table and to get their support left the dish for everyone to eat. I again told him that I ordered veal and was not happy with the dish and then requested eggplant parmagiane. It was O.K., nothing special. Later, after my friends had left, and while finishing my eggplant, called him over to my table. I told him that I used to be a waiter at a very nice country club and that I thought his conduct was not only unprofessional, but 'cheap'. I then told him that as a customer, I deserved to be treated with respect. He would not listen to my concerns and started argueing. After making him aware of his 'trashy' service, I then finished my meal and left. I would also like to say that their 'baby' martini's at $11.00 each are way overprice for a middle class Italian restaurant. $5.00- $7.00 would be reasonable for a 'so-so' restaurant. I would never go back there again. Terrible service, overpriced drinks.
What a disaster! The old Barone's on Ventura had great pizza, mediocre food and interesting decor. This new attempt is a nightmare. Great pizza is now only good, and that's when you get the right order, the other food is hospital cafeteria awful and they apparently couldn't affored to remodel the old Hoppe's/Matterhorn Chef, so the Bavarian decor is ludicrous for a red-sauce ""joint"". But the real problem is the service. Apparantly, the son of the former and ledgendary owner now owns it and seems barely able to keep things together. The two kids in ill-fitting white shirts and poorly tied black ties who try to run the takeout counter still, after two years, have no clue what to do next. I live two blocks away and was initially delighted at the prospect of having this valley gem literally at my doorstep. But excitement turned to horror as soon as I tried them out - DISASTER. I gave up on dining there - the food is just too bad - but the takeout pizza is still worth the trip. But two times out of three they get the order wrong then make lame excuses about why. So try getting the pizza - but be sure to check your order. And when you find a place with professional staffers, think Musso Frank or the old Martoni's, go often and keep them in business. This place deserves to sink.
Pros: Walking distance close
Cons: The food, the owner, the children trying to be the staff...
When we first got there we got sat at what looked like a dirty table. A friend of mine was given a dirty spoon and my boyfriend's glass of wine was dirty and kind of questionable. This already had us feeling uneasy about the decision to eat at Barone's. While all this happened, it didn't seem that anyone, including the waitress cared that our table was dirty. We overlooked it and went on to get our bread. The bread was so hard....I think that it might've chipped a tooth. Now, I'm not sure if it's always like this.....or they just wanted our dining experience to be horrible because it certainly was. We ordered our food...which was OKAY. We were hoping it was going to be spectacular after all that. The food was mediocre and the service was awful....I would never go back. The only reason I would eat Barone's again is ordering pizza to go, which my boyfriend claims is delicious....I have yet to understand why.
Pros: Food was okay
Cons: Everything else was bad
My extended family has been going to Barone's for 50 years, 20 years for me. I always have their antipasto salad and pizza. Only a couple of pizza places in New Haven, CT can beat Barone's. With the old location you always wondered if it would be replaced by a high rise, so I'm glad they found a new place. The service is fine, and has not changed despite what other reviewers said. I had an entree once and it wasn't as memorable as the pizza.\r
Never having lived in LA, Barone's is always a detour on a road trip, but manage to get there three times a year. Lucky are those that live closer.
Pros: Great pizza and salad
Cons: Entrees not up to the pizza
I have been going to this restuarant for over 30 years and ever since they moved to their new location the place has gone into the toilet. The son of the old owner obviously has no idea on how to run a restuarant which has been an institution for over 50 years. The service is way below average(which used to be great). They charge for valet parking which the new location is in Van Nuys...paying to park at a restuarant in Van Nuys is unheard of. Also they added live entertainment which is terrible...when we walked in one of the other people in our party asked if it was karaoke night (and he wasn't joking) the entertainment was that bad. As for as the pizza what I used to classify as the best i can say it is just OK. Though the horrible service and outrageous prices make it seem worse than it really is. Then when i went to complain to the guy who inherited the restuarant comes over to the table dressed like it was 70's night was in a hurry to get away and had no interest in taking responsibilty for his actions of wrecking this valley institution. I hope this guy comes to his senses and figures out how to run a restuarant.
Pros: Poor service...overpriced...valet parking in Van Nuys
Cons: Pizza is still OK
Barone's is in walking distance from my home. It is so disappointing that the food is less than mediocre. The alfredo sauce is gummy not yummy, the marinara is lackluster. I have not found one entree that was good. It's pricey for bad food. The service is spotty. I would recommend Barone's only for those who like to sit at bars and drink.\r
They are wasting a great opportunity to prepare good meals. The booths are comfy and if they changed chefs- this place could be a real winner!
Pros: nice booths
Cons: mediocre booths, service is lacking
We have celebrated many birthdays at Barone's, the food has been great, but in some occasions the service has been very bad. That changed when one night a waiter by the name of Jesse made eating at Barone's very pleasant. Unfortunately last night Jesse was not around and we ended up with a young waitress. She ignored us and treated us like she was doing us a favor. We requested to talk to the owner who actually brought her to talk to us and instead of apologizing for the bad service, she just argued like a spoiled teenager. The owner did not take action and just stood there. We later learned she was the owner's daughter. We will never return.
I grew up going to Barone's, it was always a special place for me and my mom. Tonight I was excited to take my son there for Mother's Day and was thoroughly disappointed by the bad service. The most amazing thing is that I think it was the owner's daughter (or relative) who was waiting on us. I understand that one adult and a small child don't promise a huge tip but we were ignored! The pizza is still yummy but I really don't care for bad service. This won't be the last time I have Barone's, however, next time it will just be take-out.
Pros: rectangle pizza!!!!
Cons: bad, bad, bad service. the owner should be ashamed of himself and his staff.
Yes, this restaurant is big and well-lit, and the service is good, but I really don't like the pizza. It is so greasy and thin and the crust is too hard to eat. The prices are too high for what is really just a family restaurant. I understand the history and tradition of the place, but I was disappointed. I do like one of their salads that has some rigatoni in it, but overall, just average food.
Pros: size, ambiance, parking, good for kids
Cons: food, prices
Hands down the best Pizza in LA! Ever since I moved out to LA from NYC, I have not been able to find pizza that lives up to my NYC standards. This place absolutely did the trick and maybe beat out some of my favorites back east. Even if you live on the West Side, it is worth the drive.
Pros: Food, especially Pizza
Cons: Parking - no parking lot, you have to valet
I didn't realize that Barone's had live music but they did (it was Thurs night). It was a great backdrop to the delicious pizza! The staff was friendly and it was overall a great experience.
Pros: Pizza, Great Staff
My parents have been dining at Barone's for over 40 years. Last Saturday night we decided to go there before attending a theater performance. We ordered their usual, Barone's salad for two and a medium pizza. The waiter seemed very confused that that was all we were ordering. My dad was not that hungry so he was just going to have a piece of pizza and my mom and I were to share the salad and pizza. The waiter came back a few seconds later to inform us we would have to order an appitizer if we wanted to stay because there is a $10.95 minimum per person and no sharing on any meal. Isn't the point of ordering a pizza to share it? Who eats an entire pizza by themselves? We asked to see the manager and she said the same thing. We were never asked if we were going to order dessert or drinks later. We were just asked to leave. It wasn't very busy that night either so letting us have the table would not have been a problem. I won't lie to you, Barone's has excellent pizza. But their rule makes no sense and is discriminating against the elderly. My parents are on a fixed income and cannot nessessarily afford $10.95 per person for dinner. They also share because they don't have large appetites. Unfortunately, after 40 years of patronage, Barone's has lost our business.
Pros: Food is very good
My family has been going to Barone's for years, the food is excellent and the Pizza is absolutely phenominal!! The sauce is mild and a tiny bit sweet. not like every where else that just slops some tomato paste on it and calls it pizza sauce, (you know the kind that gives you heartburn). the crust is crispy on the outside but soft and bubbly on top and for those who love pepperoni, this is the best there is! The service was awesome, the waiter was on top of refilling drinks and coming around to make sure everything was ok. Not once did we have to ask for a thing after ordering. we were seated right away and everyone was friendly and helpful. i recommend Barone's highly to anyone who wants great italian food and the best Pizza to be found anywhere!
Cons: Not much that I could see
After living in Italy I severely missed the pizza, but at Barone's it is as close as you can get without taking a flight across the Atlantic! Whatever their ""secret"" ingredient is, it works! I always get the Barone's salad, I love the dressing. 99 % of the time I get pizza, but once I decided to get the fettucine alfredo and was not disappointed at all. It was very creamy but not ""heavy"". I actually like the ambiance, but the staff could be a little bit friendlier!\r
Pros: Pizza! Never have to wait for a table
Best pizza in town, without a doubt!Of course, if you don't like thin crust, and judicious use of a variety of cheese, then this is not for you.....for those who don't like an inch thick of bready crust buried by crappy imitation mozzarella cheese and greasy additions, then stick with the others...Barone's is the best and the crowds show it....too bad they closed up in Toluca Lake to make some bucks on real estate...oh well....
Pros: good pizza and red gravy place
Cons: jparking and location
I'm new in LA, but Barone's pizza already is my favorite.\r
I've looked around, but it's still the best! Except service and especially the parking attendant... So rude, so unintelligent and so selfish... So now I think twice before order some pizzas from Barone's... The couple more such accidents whit that mexican guy who meets you from the beginning and with yellings sends you away (if you're about a pick-up. It's clear, cause valet doesn't expect any tips from pick-up's customers...) Sure I understand: mexicans are the cheapest chose (...), but a couple more, and I'll be forced to say ""good-buy, Barone's"" - My nerves worth much more for me... \r
And how I see, I'm not the only one who complains about parking service...\r
So do something, Barone's!
Pros: Great pizza
Cons: Horrible parking service
I've been to Barone's only twice and loved it both times. Just made reservations for tonight. High backed red vinyl booths, lounge singers, mellow unpretentious clientelle. Service on the week night was fantastic: charming, conversational, efficient. Service on the friday night I was there not as good but efficient and they were busy. Exellent comfy yummy italian food including a good variety of vegetarian meals. One of my favorite places in the valley.\r
Tips: Ask for a cozy red vinyl booth. Park on the residential right next to the resturant and save yourself from the valet fee. Go on a weeknight for better service. Make a reservation for a Friday night as they are busy. Call ahead or check their schedule for the lounge singer nights.
Pros: Good food & ambiance.
Cons: Can get a bit loud on the weekends.
We used to frequent the Toluca Lake Barone's quite often and when that was closed we visited the other location, but not more than a couple times. Now that has moved to Oxnard St and I can honestly say tonight will be our last visit to Barone's. $29.00 for their 'famous' steak and the only thing I can think of is gristle, fat and flavorless. The atmosphere hasn't changed much since we were last there(The Old Heidleburg circa 1995.)\r
I miss the Regina Caelle and the old and experienced staff of the Toluca Lake location...somehow recapture that atmosphere and experience and I will be back. Even the Ventura Blvd location was better than this reincarnation, and I wasn't a big fan of that either.
Cons: Parking, service, Value
I finally got around to checking out Barone's at their new location on Oxnard. It was a little off my beaten path but ultimately worth it.\r
I stopped in for lunch recently. Initially I was a little put off by the valet parking especially in the middle of the day in Valley Village. I solved that problem by simply parking on the side street next to the restaurant. There are signs on that street so make sure to read them before you park. \r
When I walked into the restaurant I had to wait several minutes before being seated even though the restaurant was not very crowded. Some of the wait staff was standing around while the hostess and another employee were busy talking on the phone at the front desk. OK , at this point I thought about leaving but luckily decided to stay for lunch after driving out of the way on limited lunch time minutes. \r
After being seated I was immediately greeted by the wait staff and everything improved. After I was seated the service was top notch. The salad and pizza haven't changed in years! If you're a fan of NY style or Chicago style pizza this might not be the place for you. This pizza is square with a crispy thin crust, zesty sauce, and plenty of cheese. My only (slight) complaint about the pizza is that it may contain too much cheese but it is good quality. I typically order the plain cheese pizza.\r
Barone's is now located in the historic Matterhorn restaurant. You still get the old time Barone's ambience at this new location.
Pros: Ambience, Food
I have been a patron at Barones in both their past locations for over 30 years but after dinner there last night 7/30/06 I will no longer waste my time and money putting up with the inefficiency and frustration of trying to enjoy a meal at their new location. The Piza was fine.. up to par.. It stops there. The waiter was horrrendous. He got the drinks wrong which we accepted anyhow since we did not want to re-order and wait again. The salads were incorrect and then he forgot the dressings which took another five minutes. The Pizza was served as we started our salads. When the check came it was un-readable. I'd suggest some ink in their print machine (or are they tring to hide some prices). Then to top it off the additional parking fee was $3.50 for this out of the way, so called ""family restasurant"", Beverly Hills prices for low end Valley fare. Thye evening was a waste and it will not happen again. Good bye Barones.
Pros: Pizza only
Cons: Service, efficiency, parking
Everything about this place was terrible. Parking is bad, the wait for a table is long, the service is horrible and the food is even worst. Just make sure you have plenty of patience!!
I am a native from Sherman Oaks, CA. My family have been patrons of Barone's since the early 70's. By far the best pizza I've had here in Los Angeles.\r
Crust: nice, thin cracker crust.\r
Sauce: a little zesty, but has a great flavor I've never tasted on any other pizza.\r
Cheese: just the right amount. I believe they use two diferent cheeses.\r
Toppings: I recommend meatball and bacon if you're looking for an atery clogging treat!\r
Their service has always been good. We just picked up a pizza (7/13/2006) the second day after their re-opening. It was jam-packed so be patient and expect delays. Call ahead about 1-2 hours to order. Normally, you can order 30-45 minutes in advanced.\r
The new location is where Matterhorn Café (formerly Old Heidelberg) used to be on Oxnard & Woodman. Parking lot is a lot smaller but they have valet now. Once the mad ""Grand Opening"" rush dies down, I expect it will be better. The interior of the restaurant is nice; lots of old dark wood, brick...just like a SFV restaurant from the days of yore should be!\r
Pros: THE BEST PIZZA IN L.A.!
Cons: Parking might be a little scarce in the new location. Expect delays until grand opening rush is over.
Finally Barone's is re-opening in their new location.\r
This pizza is so delicious! The service is OK....not\r
exactly the best when busy.\r
This is a great place for couples and groups!\r
It's very old school, not trendy, very ""down to earth.""\r
Leave your attitude at the door and enjoy!\r
Pros: pizza, salad and more
Cons: at times unfriendly waitresses
I can't wait for their re-opening! They are the best! I've been a fan for many years and they have the only pizza I look forward to eating.
Originally from Boston, I have an incredibly hard time finding even a passable pizza out here in La La Land. I have finally found the holy grail. Barone's in Sherman Oaks is far and away the best pizza in the San Fernando Valley. Believe me, I have tried most of them with GREAT dissapointment. The crust is thin, the sauce just slightly spicy with just the right amount of cheese. My favorite is the bacon and mushroom. Try it, you'll die for it! Dosen't beat the hometown pie, but thank God it's out here in the land of fruits and nuts.
Pros: full bar, good service
I have been patronizing Barones since the mid 70's, and the quality and quantity of the food hasn't changed one iota. The pizza still tastes exactly like it did 30 years ago. I would reccommend the pepperoni pizza, which is still my favorite.
Pros: Comfortable Seating, Good Parking, Bar
Barone's pizza is without a doubt the best, most unusual, tastiest thing you will ever eat. They closed their Toluca Lake branch so I don't get to go there as much as I want, but it is fantastic. If you eat in, the atmosphere is Regal Beagle all the way-- '70s and not apologizing for it. The other dishes there are very old-school, not fancy Italian, but solid. But I would stick to the pizza; it's just simply the best. I ran a marathon last year and everyone asked me what I wanted to eat afterwardI had Barones cheese pizza.
The best pizza I've had since moving here from the east coast. Everything is fresh and homemade. The pizza is a must have but the rest of the menu is is also worth the drive from anywhere, the steaks and broiled shrimp are outstanding and the homemade cheesecake is absolutely the BEST!! Casual, comfortable, affordable and kareoke on Fri and Sat nights..... what a great way to spend an evening.
Pros: Plenty of free parkin, Full Bar, Great Service
It's really not fair to compare Barone's to other great pizza restaurants (and I've been to them all...my runner-up would be Pizzeria Due in Chicago), because their pizza is just...different somehow.
I grew up in L.A. eating pizza at Barone's and always make a point of eating there (or at least picking up a pizza) whenever I visit family in the area.
Pros: Simply the best pizza, Real Bacon topping, Still in business!
Cons: Atmosphere is dated
The Best Pizza In the World. I have eaten pizza in Italy, Chicago and New York. This Restaurant serves up the best pizza anywhere. It has a thin crust of perfect consistency. Homemade tasting sauce, plenty of cheese and an excellent variety of available toppings. Not to be missed. The pizza is worth the somewhat abrupt service. If this troubles you simply order to go.
Pros: Taste, Ambience, Value
Cons: Service, Service, Service