U Street Pizza
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The gist:Next door to sibling restaurant Union, U Street Pizza opened in April courtesy of Union co-owner Maria Petulla and executive chef Chris Keyser. The nostalgia-inducing pizzeria shares an outdoor deck with Union, with an interior that boasts exposed brick walls, hanging copper light fixtures, and a long white terrazzo bar, plus a colorful hand-painted mural by local artist Eric Junker at the back of the restaurant.
The food: The pizzas pay tribute to the pies chef Keyser grew up with in upstate New York, with dough that’s fermented over two days and made from a blend of artisanal wheat from Washington and Vermont, produce that’s sourced from local farms like Girl & Dug and Wieser Farms, and finished with 18-month aged Fiscalini cheddar in lieu of Parmesan. Cooked in an electric deck oven, the pizzas come out with perfectly puckered crispy, chewy crusts. Seasonal salads and vegetable sides like Japanese eggplant with Calabrian chili agrodolce, Spanish onion, and basil, help round out the menu, along with housemade zeppole, risotto rice pudding, and fresh soft-serve (flavors change daily).
Cost: Pizzas cost $19-26 and custom pizzas start at $17 with toppings $3.50 each; salads are $15-17; vegetable sides are $14 and $16; desserts start at $5 for soft-serve up to $11 for zeppole.
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The sister restaurant and next-door neighbor of one of our favorite Italian spots in the city, opened earlier this year courtesy of restaurateur Maria Petulla and executive chef Chris Keyser, offering a casual, California-inspired pizzeria with seasonal dishes and well-sourced ingredients. For example, the dough is made from artisanal wheat sourced from Washington and Vermont and fermented for two days before it’s topped with hyper-seasonal ingredients from local farms and cooked in an electric deck oven. In lieu of traditional parmesan, Keyser tops each pie with Fiscalini cheddar from Modesto. The Petaluma-style pizza presents a compelling vegetarian option with Petaluma mozzarella, grandma sauce, Pecorino Romano, and California olive oil, or go big with the vodka pepperoni that’s doused with creamy vodka sauce and Fresno peppers.
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Sibling restaurant to one of the best Italian spots in the city, U Street Pizza comes courtesy of restaurateur Marie Petulla and executive chef Chris Keyser, offering a California-inspired pizzeria with locally sourced ingredients and seasonal dishes. Joining Restaurant Week for the first time, stop by to see why we’ve deemed it one of our favorite new restaurants in LA. They’ve got some of their most popular pies on offer, including a vegetarian Petaluma-style pizza with organic Petaluma mozzarella, passata sauce, pecorino romano, basil, and California olive oil, and a vodka pepperoni with vodka sauce, Ezzo pepperoni, Fresno peppers, mozzarella, and provolone. For dessert, their flor di latte soft serve is on offer with your choice of sprinkles, candied hazelnuts, and Fresno hot honey.
The deal: $45 for a four-course dinner.
What to order: Caesar salad, Italian street corn, vodka pepperoni pizza, and flor di latte soft serve.