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1. Hollywood Pies 6116 1/2 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (Mid Wilshire)

Though they started as a covert operation run out of an alley, Mid-Wilshire's Hollywood Pies has established itself as a pizza heavy-hitter doling out what many Midwestern ex-pats call the only true Chicago-style deep-dish in the city. There are more than 10 kinds of deep-dish pies on the menu, and if you know a thing or two about Chicago pizza, you'll want to order your pie "Native Style," which gets you an added topping of crushed whole tomatoes, olive oil, and oregano. One slice of these multi-layered monstrosities will keep you full for ages.

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2. Pizzeria Mozza 641 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (West La)

Owned by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Nancy Silverton, Pizzeria Mozza put LA pizza on the map when it opened in Hollywood in 2006. It's been a continuous hit since then (and has expanded to Newport Beach and Singapore) because it serves some of the best pizza in the city. The perfectly bubbly, chewy and charred pies are topped with Italian meats and cheeses, like the fontina, mozzarella, and sottocenere white pizza and the eggplant, parmesan, ricotta, and mozzarella pizzetta. Pizzeria Mozza has the casual but upscale vibe characteristic of Batali's restaurants. It's a go-to for dinner, but definitely consider brunch, when the morning pastry basket is proof of Silverton's top-knotch pastry skills.

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3. All' Angolo 4050 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (Koreatown)

Anybody who's tasted the house-made pasta at this beloved K-Town Italian gem won’t be surprised to know that its pizza is equally outstanding. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, from the thin-crust pies topped with crispy pepperoni and breaded eggplant to the steaming calzones. The strip mall storefront is unassuming and basic, but the generous Italian-style portions will make you feel like royalty.

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4. Stella Barra Pizzeria 6372 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

From Lettuce Entertain You, this Hollywood spot is part of an upscale mini chain (there's a nearby location in Santa Monica) that focuses on artisanal pizza. The menu is split between red and white thin-crust pies (plus a few starters and salads), and there's an option to have your pie made the extra-thin, Roman way. The shaved mushroom pie, topped with parmesan cream instead of tomato sauce, is a signature. The space is laid-back and homey with an open kitchen where you can see the daily-made dough rising in its 18-hour fermentation period.

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5. Abbot's Pizza Company 1407 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Abbot's is a basic counter-serve slice joint in Venice. The gourmet pizzas are loaded with toppings, like the Five Onion with leeks, shallots, red, green, and yellow onions, or the Popeye's Chicken with tequila-marinated chicken, spinach, mushroom, and onion. Abbot's crusts come in bagel-like varieties: you can choose between onion, garlic, sesame, poppy, hot pepper, and everything.

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6. The Coop Pizza 10006 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034 (Culver City)

The Coop has been family owned and operated for more than 40 years, so when you bite into one of their fresh pizzas, you can taste what has kept them in business for so long.

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7. DeSano Pizza Bakery 4959 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (Hollywood)

It’s nuts that DeSano isn’t a thousand times more famous: the casual East Hollywood pizza shop imports its ingredients straight from Italy, and you can clearly taste the difference when you bite into any of the its cheesy masterpieces. The industrial space includes an open kitchen with a few pizza ovens, communal wood tables, and flat screen TVs, so it’s great for groups. And don’t think DeSano is just about pizza, the menu includes calzones, meatballs, and cannoli.

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8. Pizzanista! 2019 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (Downtown)

Founded in 2011 by skateboarder Salman Agah, Pizzanista! has gained the rep of having some of the best 'za, which is made from fresh, all-natural ingredients. They blend the flavor of New York thin-crust style with California’s fresh produce with amazing results.

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9. Garage Pizza 4339 1/2 W. Silverlake Blvd, Silverlake, CA 90029 (Silverlake)

GP's a tiny, rock influenced joint (music docs like Decline of Western Civilization play on the flatscreen) in a Silverlake strip mall, run by two LA pizza vets (Cappricio, Hard Times, etc) who wanted to showcase the custom pies they'd perfected during pizzeria slow periods (i.e., marijuana shortages).

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10. Pizza Buona 2100 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

Super-thin crust, light on the toppings, high-quality cheeses, veggies, and sauce: if those make up your ideal pizza trifecta, then Echo Park's Pizza Buona's the spot for you.

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11. Maximiliano 5930 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (Highland Park)

Opening tomorrow, Maximiliano is a casual, traditional-Italian spot sparsely decorated w/ red and white walls that sexily suggest splattered spaghetti and sauce, all from the guy who owns Eagle Rock's beloved fast-casual pulled-pork-and-burger spot The Oinkster, aka what Kermit promised to never call his girlfriend while checking in on Foursquare ever again.

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12. Village Pizzeria 131 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004 (Hancock Park)

These Larchmont 'za slingers has been tossing dough since 1997 and to make sure customers keep coming back for more, they make their own sausage, meatballs, marinara sauce, fresh crushed garlic, clam mixture, pesto, and balsamic & Italian dressings based on their own special house recipes.

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13. Casa Bianca Pizza Pie 1650 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041 (Eagle Rock)

This Eagle Rock institution serves Italian food of the family-style, checkered tablecloth variety. You know what we mean -- hearty Italian-American dishes like eggplant parm (served with a side of spaghetti of course), meatball subs, and mozzarella sticks that are cheap and consistently good. The pizza is what makes Casa Bianca an LA institution though. The thin-crust pies are customizable with a variety of toppings, but the fried eggplant is a must. If the cheesy slices don't charm your pants off, then surely the retro decor (leather booths, stained glass chandeliers) will.

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14. Dino’s Chicken and Burgers 2575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Dino's is an LA institution; from the crazily inexpensive half chicken w/ fries to the DUI sandwich (pile of fries, carne asada, pastrami, cheese, special sauce), you really can't go wrong.

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15. Rocco's Tavern 12514 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (Hollywood)

Not only does Rocco's have great drink specials, their grub menu is also loaded with tasty options including burgers, sandwiches, and of course, hot and fresh pizza.

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16. Barone's 13726 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91401

Founded in 1945, Barone's serves up rectangular, Neapolitan-style pizza, as well as a wide array of other Italian specialities, in which red sauce reigns. The decor draws style cues from 1940s diners, with overstuffed red vinyl couches and jumbles of framed photos.

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17. Mulberry Street Pizzeria 347 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (Beverly Hills)

Ask anyone who grew up in LA to name the pizza that makes them nostalgic for childhood, and they'll likely say the floppy pies from Mulberry Street. With two locations in Beverly Hills and two in the Valley, this checkered-tablecloth restaurant feels like a classic New York pizzeria, and it kind of is, given that the owner is from the Bronx. The flappy, thin-crust pies come in massive slices and are topped with the spot's signature marinara sauce, which is also available to buy.

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18. 800 Degrees Pizza 1146 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Westwood)

The restaurant group that brought us Umami Burger is behind this fast-casual pizza chain with locations all around the world. 800 Degrees is kind of like the Chipotle for pizza -- you choose the ingredients for your pizza at an assembly-line counter, then the pie is cooked under two minutes in an insanely hot (800 degrees!) oven. The pies are satisfying, the service fast, and the ingredients top-notch. Speciality pies and gluten-free crust is also available, so really, the choice is yours.

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19. Michael's Pizzeria 5616 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803 (Long Beach)

Michael's is ranked amongst some of the best pizza in and around LA. Head here for any number of uniquely topped pies, or just hang out with a brew and a bud. Always wood-fired and made with fresh (never frozen!) ingredients, Michael's pies taste like a piece of Brooklyn but with West Coast cool.

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20. Pedone's 1332 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

This Italian pizzeria is slinging some of the best pie South of the city. Head here for an after-surf bite or a fulfilling snack.

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21. Palermo 1858 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

This Italian resto's doling out some seriously tasty goods, but be sure to harp on their 'za. It's crispy, gooey, cheesy, and all sorts of delicious.

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22. Pizza Boy 1321 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205 (Glendale)

This thin crust-haven goes above and beyond to rectify what other 'za slingers fail to do: they recreate classics and do them the right way, with fresh sauce, cheese, and perfectly seasoned.

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23. The Luggage Room Pizzeria 260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Pasadena)

This Pasadena hotspot is slinging some of the best pies in all of LA.

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24. Jones Hollywood 7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

For gourmet 2am pizza, parties where disposable cameras serve as tabletop center pieces, and craft drinks served in a vintage supper-club-inspired dining room, Jones is something of a Hollywood staple. The 20-year-strong eatery is notorious for tasty Italian-American plates and celebrity sightings, both of which seem to draw plenty of crowds to the photograph-lined red-brick space. The restaurant is casual, with red-checkered table cloths and canned Italian groceries stacked against the walls, while the crowd is typically on the more glamorous side. And whether you come for hefty, authentic pizza and pasta dishes, or one of the inventive house cocktails, be sure to check out the bathrooms -- they're decked with photos of movie stars and socialites, sipping dirty martinis in the famous Hollywood nightclub that used to inhabit the space.