LA gets a lot of flack from New Yorkers for not having great pizza, to which we say: you're under a foot of snow right now and it's 80 degrees outside here. FACE. Oh, and also, we have a ton of great pizza, in literally every neighborhood in LA. To prove it, here're a ton of great LA pizzas, listed by 'hood:
Best Pizza Place: Dino's
A longtime standby for all the local studios (CBS reprezent!), Dino's does hand-tossed pies made with a proprietary dough, with stellar specialty options like a lasagna pizza (?!) done with fresh, local Italian sausage and ricotta cheese.
CULVER CITY/ PALMS/ WEST LA
Best Pizza Place: The Coop
This delivery-and-take-out joint's locally beloved for 1) NY-style pies, and 2) being named after one of the best characters from Wet Hot American Summer.
Best Pizza Place: Pizzanista!
This Clash-inspired slicery gets down with a killer breakfast pie called the Rise-and-Shine (with an over-easy egg and bacon), and the Meat Jesus (with pepperoni, sausage, and bacon) -- plus, in case that's not enough, they have a special pie on Sundays that's topped with mac and cheese.
Best Pizza Place: Casa Bianca
Some may say it's declined over the years, but A) those people are liars, and B) there's no question the 50yr-old-plus CB is one of LA's most well-respected pizzerias, made infamous by Pulitzer winner Jonathan Gold in the '90s -- and visited by his disciples daily ever since.
Best Pizza Place: Desano Pizza Bakery
Not that there's an enormous amount of competition in the hood (except for Osteria La Buca, which, granted, is pretty frikkin' great), but the just-opened Desano is doing Neapolitan-style pies via Nashville, with four wood-burning ovens blowing out pies with Italian-imported ingredients.
Best Pizza Place: Pizza Buona
Right on the Silverlake/Echo Park border, this local-fave's a family-run, sweet-crusted pie-ery. Two Boots down the street may have more exotic ingredients, but here, you can taste the love, man.
Best Pizza Place: Mulberry St
Their floppy-crusted pies are an acquired taste, but once you've acquired it, you pine for nothing else. Except their BBQ sauce. Mmmmm.
Best Pizza Place: Pizza Boy
This family-run pie spot's been around since '88, and they really pile on the toppings -- including pastrami. Yeah. Pastrami pizza. You want that.
Best Pizza Place: Village Pizzeria
These guys make everything in-house -- meatballs, marinara, sausage, garlic & clam sauce, dough -- for a pizza that's totally unique-to-them. Plus: beer and wine!
Best Pizza Place: Maximiliano
This sit-down, kinda-fancy Italian spot busts out crazy-good, bubbly crusted pies, as well as an always-creative pizza of the month that's worth return visits... especially if it's the Meatlovers pie, with bacon confit (whaaaaa?), fennel sausage, Calabrese sausage, and pomodoro sauce.
Best Pizza Place: Pizzeria Mozza
It'd literally be impossible to do a "best pizza in LA" list without including Mozza. Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali's always-packed ode-to-cheese-discs is just simply the best in the city. Hint: if you want to get in, wait 'til about 10pm and eat at the bar. The wine tastes better that way, anyway.
Best Pizza Place: All Angolo
This hidden-in-a-strip mall shoebox shoots for (and scores with!) dishes from the Romagna region of Italy, including fresh pastas, and yah, pizza biancas that make you glad you passed up the best KBBQ in town (even just for one night).
Best Pizza Place: Palermo
They've got everything from omelets to veal scallopini at this old-school ristorante, but you're here for one thing: the pizza rosa, a thick slice oozing with mozzarella and feta, and gushing with fresh tomatoes.
Best Pizza Place: Michael's
Zagat just called this place the #1 Pizza IN THE COUNTRY. In the country. So, yeah, go here.
Best Pizza Place: Hollywood Pies
This unassuming spot's best known for their deep dish, Chicago-style pies (RESPECT!), but their thin-crusters are shockingly just as good. Just don't expect 'em fast: everything's made-to-order, so it can take an hour or so from order to delivery.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD/STUDIO CITY
Best Pizza Place: Roccos
All three Roccos locations (Wilshire, Culver City, and Studio City) are totally legit, but this one trumps its nearby competition, due to cheese that's perfectly molten and crust that's crisp-where-it-counts-and-moist-when-it-doesn't.
Best Pizza Place: Luggage Room
In just a couple of years, The Luggage Room's reigned supreme over Pasadena's crusty masses, thanks to smashed-ice "slushy" cocktails and pies topped with sausage from meat-masters Lindy and Grundy.
Best Pizza Place: Stella Barra
Crazy-fresh moz and a perfectly bubbly crust are just a couple of the reasons this relatively new Main St. 'za-spot's become an absolute mainstay.
Best Pizza Place: Garage Pizza
Whether you've stumbled out of Jay's Bar, The Satellite, Akbar, The Silverlake Lounge, or really anywhere, they're open 'til 4am. Doesn't hurt that the pizza's actually totally great, too.
Best Pizza Place: Pedone's
This homespun restaurant is the place. It's won literally every award possible from every local publication possible, with credit going to homemade sauce and specialty pies, like their jalapeno/chorizo Pizza Mexicano.
Best Pizza Place: Abbot's
Yes, Abbot Kinney also has Gjelina, but who wants to overpay for pizza AND get yelled at, at the same time? No one's screaming at you at Abbot's -- instead, they're going to give you perfectly proportioned pepperoni pie with bagel crust. Yep. Again: bagel crust.
VAN NUYS/SHERMAN OAKS
Best Pizza Place: Barone's
Another classic, red-booth ristorante, only this time, Valley-style. You can do a single-serving 8in house-style guy with sausage, pepperoni, and green onion, or go big and get a monster 2x16in shrimp or clam. But what you're really here for, on Fri and Sat nights, is a buncha dudes who cheese-ily impersonate The Rat Pack and sing.
Best Pizza Place: Jones
It's an institution for the best reasons: there's always actually-good rock music blaring, there's always actually-good-looking rock girls hanging, and the pizza's super-excellent -- especially after 10pm, when it's only six bucks.
Best Pizza Place: 800 Degrees
If you're a UCLA student and you haven't had 800 Degrees yet, you fail. And if you're not a UCLA student and you haven't had 800 Degrees yet, you also fail. It's top-your-own-pizza that's cooked for you in, like, two minutes!!! They definitely win.
1. Hollywood Pies6116 1/2 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
2. Pizzeria Mozza641 N. Highland Ave, Los Angeles
3. All' Angolo4050 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
4. Stella Barra Pizzeria6372 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
5. Abbot's Pizza Company1407 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
6. The Coop Pizza10006 National Blvd, Los Angeles
7. DeSano Pizza Bakery4959 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles
8. Pizzanista!2019 E 7th St, Los Angeles
9. Garage Pizza4339 1/2 W. Silverlake Blvd, Silverlake
10. Pizza Buona2100 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
11. Maximiliano5930 York Blvd, Los Angeles
12. Village Pizzeria131 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles
13. Casa Bianca Pizza Pie1650 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock
14. Dino’s Chicken and Burgers2575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
15. Rocco's Tavern12514 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
16. Barone's13726 Oxnard St, Van Nuys
17. Mulberry Street Pizzeria347 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills
18. 800 Degrees Pizza1146 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles
19. Michael's Pizzeria5616 E 2nd St, Long Beach
20. Pedone's1332 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach
21. Palermo1858 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
22. Pizza Boy1321 E Colorado St, Glendale
23. The Luggage Room Pizzeria260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena
24. Jones Hollywood7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Pasadena hotspot is slinging some of the best pies in all of LA.