Despite their impudent claims of hating it, New Yorkers have a long history of making LA home: witness Brooklyn-born Joe Torre, longtime NY resident Tommy Lasorda, or countless other transplants who never managed the Dodgers. For another NYer whose relocation's absolutely welcome, check Two Boots.
A Manhattan pizza institution for 20+ years, Boots is finally opening in Echo Park, serving stretched (rather than rolled) pies that add a unique Louisiana steez via thin cornmeal crust, spicy tomato sauce, and toppings both Cajun (Creole chicken, crawfish) and typical. The cozy, patioed Sunset space features a happily bizarre mural of spaceships, baseballs, jellyfish, and the Yellow Submarine; 'za's available by slice or pie, w/ specialty choices named after cinematic characters, like The Newman (white pie, sopressata, sweet Italian sausage), Mr. Pink (marinated chicken, plum tomatoes, fresh garlic), and an affair w/ tasso, ground beef, cheddar, and mozz named The Dude (order it up, and mark it ate). To keep flavors consistent with its East Coast counterparts, all the olive oil & mozz're sourced from the same purveyors as the NY spots, though the water for crusts is still from LA; test batches have been "almost perfect", finally proving that water is...water.
Soon, Boots'll offer delivery to addresses within a few-sq-mile radius -- at which point, they'll truly be adapted to LA, since their home's on the Eastside, and they'll fiercely refuse to ever go west of Vermont.