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.7 FO00 MULBERRY STREET PIZZERIA I recently stopped to have a slice of New York style pizza on busy Beverly Drive. Mulberry Street Pizzeria is named after Mulbeny Street in downtown New York. I sat counter side, next to a display of colorful, large (emphasis on the LARGE) slices of thin crust pizza. With friendly patrons sitting to my side and smiling employees behind the counter, there was a chill vibe that blended East Coast & West Coast temperaments. Patrons seemed to know the employ- ees by name. Small talk passed from the lady sitting next to me to the cute employee. The nostalgia washed over me, taking me back to my pre-married, collegiate years in New York. Mulberry Street Pizzeria is a wonderful, casual, "meet-your-friends at the pizza joint" atmosphere. I was also impressed by the cleanliness (counter seat- ing gives a wide view of the preparation area). Mulberry Street Pizzeria offers free delivery, and in house there are tables and counter seating. Ritchi Palmer, a native New Yorker, also known as the "pizza guru" and his partner, the actress Cathy Moriarity (think Raging Bull), have opened up three Mulberry Street Pizzeria joints. Two are located in Beverly Hills and one is in Encino. While the owners backgrounds may be Hollywood, the menu reads New York. This amalgam of East and West Coasts is reflected in the decidedly downtown New York decor: black and white checkered with the requisite red, and the numerous celebrity 8xl0's which adorn the walls. I enjoyed the slice of the eggplant tomato basil ($3.75): breaded eggplant slices with fresh basil and tomato slices. The crust was browned nicely, how- ever, I would have enjoyed a spicier bread batter for the eggplant. I improvised by adding grated parmesan cheese. The slices range from $2.25 for cheese to CL00S00I00EDS Affordable Care, Inc. Live-in $85, live-out $10.50/hr. 310.275.9373. Family run since 1993 140 South Beverly Drive officespace Up to 1200 sq, feet available, 00elocafion call 310-278-5798 OFFICE SUITE AVAILABLE ! Ig window kitchen and reception area adjacent to parking structure on So. Bevedy Drive $950 310.278,0431 $4 for the Sicilian Slice. On the menu are homemade Italian heroes, also known as wedges from $7.95-8.95. The frittata is stuffed with potato, pepper, egg, and onion. The pasta is very popular, especially with the lunch time crowd. A gen- erous serving of rigatoni or spaghetti comes with marinara sauce ($6.95) or with meatballs or sausage ($8.95). The daily specials are the way to go: cheese ravi- oli ($5.95), eggplant parmesan ($5.95), and spaghetti with clam sauce ($5.95). I ordered the house salad ($3.95): crispy romaine, tomato slices, and red onion rings with generous portions of balsamic vinegrette. You may want to go light on the dressing. I was tempted by the chicken wings ($5.95): served spicy and hot or regular. You may appease the sweet tooth with one of Cathy's homemade cakes ($3.50). Next door to Mulberry Street Pizzeria is the Famous Mrs. Field's Cookies. I must admit, I could not resist a tin of fresh cookies to go home with. Yum! Mulberry Street Pizzeria is a great pizza joint for the young and young at heart. The atmosphere is wonderful. However, with the incentives the Pizzeria offers in the way of frequent delivery bonuses: you receive any pizza and a large salad free with 10 stamped delivery receipts (what a bargain!), you may never visit the place! Check out Mulberry Street Pizzeria next time you are in the neighbor- hood, especially if one of your old neighborhoods was once the Big Apple. You'll feel like you're in the old neighborhood once again. Mulberry Street Pizzeria 240 S. Beverly Drive and 347 N. Canon Drive 310.247.8100 Yaelle Shaphir BEVERLY HILLS WEEKLY HOMELESS 7 c"'b , c(, February 1 -z,, ,J,JO 15