Chef Brandon Gray had been working in LA’s favorite kitchens (Providence, Trois Mec, Cape Seafood & Provisions) for years and was considering a career change when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Like so many in the industry, Gray pulled off a BMX-style pivot with the launch of Brandoni Pepperoni, a one-man pizza joint that he operates out of his Mid-City apartment, even earning the approval of KCRW’s Good Food radio host, Evan Kleiman. Gray’s pies change with the season and his current special is Cheddar 23, with Nueske’s Bacon, mozzarella, smoked mascarpone, a Gomez Munak Farm egg, pecorino cheese, and cracked black pepper. Don’t sleep on his “Bonus Tracks,” or sides like wings with housemade ranch or blue cheese dressing and a Next Episode tiramisu with Italian meringue, Valrhona chocolate, and Italian liqueurs.
How to order: Order online.
This born-during-Covid home operation from chef Brandon Gray (Providence, Trois Mec), is serving up some of the most absolutely gorgeous pizzas you’ve ever seen in your entire life, with inspired names that reflect Gray’s hometown and state. The Californication features steamed lamb shoulder, chickpeas, Oaxacan cheese, and salsa borracha, while the Victory Lap takes it home with jidori chicken, sausage, pepperoni, and mozz. Test Kitchen Thursdays are exactly what they sound like, and a great way to sample whatever Gray’s experimenting with before it makes its way on the permanent menu.
How to order: Place an order for pickup via his website.