Food & Drink

LA's 13 best under-the-radar pizza joints

Published On 11/12/2014 Published On 11/12/2014
Pizzeria Il Fico
Prime Pizza
South End
Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta
Pizzeria Il Fico
The Good Pizza
Pellicola Pizzeria
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1. Prime Pizza 446 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

What if we were to tell you that the guys behind LA's best burger (at Golden State), best BBQ (at Bludso's), and best breakfast burrito (at Cofax) opened a NY-style pizza slice shop? You'd want to go to there, right? Well, that's what we're telling you. Tally ho.

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2. 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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3. South End 2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291 (Venice)

This romantic pizzeria and wine bar slings gourmet pizza from a Mozza vet, in Venice.

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4. Wood Handcrafted Pizza 2861 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91504 (Silverlake)

This recently opened not-the-Eastside Eastside favorite is cranking out all sorts of deliciousness in a wood(get it???)-burning oven, including a white pie with brussels, smoked mozz, and crispy pancetta.

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5. Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta 710 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030 (Pasadena)

Another neighborhood spot that deserves more widespread recognition, Mamma's has been filling the stomachs of Pasadeners for years with aged, hand-tossed dough made with secret-imported-from-somewhere-proprietary-water and baked in a 700lb brick oven.

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6. Vito's Pizza 846 N LA Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

Anyone craving a real New York slice should stop by this authentically Big Apple-style pie joint.

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7. Pizzeria il Fico 310 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

This sorta-schmancy Robertson Blvd Italian spot's got two lauded chefs making Southern Italian pies, once of which you're pretty much required to order at least once (/every time): La Pugliese -- a doughboy with mozzarella, rapini, sausage, roasted tomato, burrata, and caciocavallo cheese.

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8. 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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9. The Good Pizza 7929 Emerson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

You know when your friend is all like, "let's get pizza. But not from a chain. Let's get the good pizza". Yeah, this place capitalizes on that. And they should. Because it's ridiculously good (oh, they also have a pizza topped with BBQ chicken and FRENCH FRIES. So there's that, too).

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10. Joe Peeps NY Pizza 12460 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91607 (West Village)

An iconic logo isn't all this standby offers: they've got customer-graffiti'd walls, monster subs, and of course, quality pies, with a deeper-dish style than most LA 'za.

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11. Pellicola Pizzeria 421 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057 (Downtown)

The 213 LA guys (who are behind some of LA’s best bars, including the Varnish and Seven Grand) seem to always get it right, and this downtown pizzeria is no exception. Pellicola serves pizzas by the slice or by the pie, and flavors range from simple pepperoni to loaded vegetarian. It's open late every night (1am Sunday-Wednesday, 3am Thursday-Saturday), and black-and-white Italian movies are projected on a big screen nightly, so you'll likely want to sit and stay a while. Come extra hungry though -- Pellicola makes must-try Nutella dessert pies.

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12. Brownstone Pizzeria 2108 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041 (Eagle Rock)

Brownstone crushes the pizza game in Eagle Rock, with super-economical $1.99 NY-style slices (!) and high-quality, classic toppings.

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13. Apollonia's Pizzeria 5176 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Located inside a former strip-mall Chinese joint on Wilshire, this intimate, be-tiled pizzeria's slinging pies topped with all the industry standards (pepperoni, sausage, cheese...) and plenty of industry not-so-standards, including scary animals like alligator and rattlesnake as well as "duck bacon", or what the bouncer yells to Kevin when an angry Kyra barges into the strip club.