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Nicky D's brother Bobby DeMarinis works the kitchen at De la Vina's newest pizzeria.

Paul Wellman

Nicky D's brother Bobby DeMarinis works the kitchen at De la Vina's newest pizzeria.


Nicky D’s Wood-Fired Pizza

New York–Style Pizza on De La Vina


Where: 2840 De la Vina Street, (805) 898-2222, nickydspizza.com.

What: This relatively new spot serves up New York–style pizzas.

How Much: Lunch time (11am-3pm) dine-in special of two cheese slices, house side salad, and fountain drink, $7.99.

The Dish: On the streets of wintry Manhattan, one can witness many a pair of mittened hands being warmed by folded slices of take-away pizza, too unwieldy to eat flat. In a slower-paced, more seasonal Santa Barbara environment, one can indulge in this New York–style wood-fired pizza at Nicky D’s. Turning out pies in this style — thin pliable crust, charred dough bubbles, and a thin slather of marinara sauce beneath salty cheese — has proved successful in both Nicky D’s original Silverlake location and its De la Vina digs. Options are in ample supply at this dine-in or take-out establishment, in terms of both entrée choices and topping selections (choose from 40). Hero sandwiches, home-style pastas, chicken wings, and calzones appear on the menu, as well as appetizers that include the popular pesto twigs (four wood-fired twig breadsticks baked with pesto and mozzarella). A chalkboard menu and red-tile wall enhance an ambience that is meant to be as casual and comfortable as its eats.

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