Dough Worth Flipping Over in LA (AKA, LA's Best Pizza)
Who says New Yorkers know more about pizza? Fuhgeddaboudit. The best coast has its own pizza scene, boasting everything from tomato-laden deep dish, to NY-style thin crust so good it could turn a Bushwicker to an Echo Parker in an LA minute (~twice the time of a New York minute), to completely unique California pies. I really wanted to fit a joke in somewhere using “homeslice” but it just didn’t flow. So… “homeslice”. There. Now read the damn article.
Everyone’s favorite Abbott-Kinney restaurant draws in the crowds not only for its prettier-than-thou squash blossom pizza among a list of other solid wood-fired pies, but also the seasonal veg dishes are 👌🏽👌🏽. Another option is to go across the street to GTA (Gjelina Take Away) and grab a pizza to each on the beach. Because everyone knows that beach pizza tastes 300% better than regular pizza. Wanna know what else to do/eat in Venice Beach? *shamelessly self plugs* Read THIS.
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
You’d think Little Tokyo would be filled with Japanese food, right? Well yes, that’s technically correct. But it’s also home to Baldoria, serving some crazy inventive personal pies. Some particularly creative (and delicious) pizzas to try are the Little Tokyo Steak, decorated with strips of miso-marinated flat iron steak, spicy and tangy yuzu kosho, and shishito peppers, and the Sweet Mary, topped with tender chicken, strawberries, fontina, smoked bacon, and aged balsamic. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar.
243 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Casa Bianca Pizza Pie
This classic in Eagle Park classic has been flipping dough for over sixty years, with no signs of stopping. A favorite of the late Jonathan Gold, the old school spot, serving pies as thick as can be, is decked with red checkered tables, filled with hungry locals and visitors alike. Top off your masterpiece with as many toppings as you’d like, but the only one that really matters is the fried eggplant. (spoiler alert: it’s JG’s fav).
1650 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
The hot new thang on the Venice Beach restaurant scene is known for its rustic pastas and neapolitan pizza. The atmosphere is pretty, the pies are divine, and the pasta is also a must-order. I know, I know. This isn’t a pasta list. But trust me on this one.
3386, 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Jon and Vinny's
Everyone loves Jon and Vinny’s. The blistered pizzas walk the line between traditional Italian with a Californian kick. You’ll want to order one of everything (more power to ya), but here’s the shortlist: The Breakfast Pie, topped with Zuckerman Yukon gold potato, egg, rosemary, olive oil, parm, and red onion, with a #yolkporn style runny egg right in the middle. The LA Woman, decked in burrata, tomato, basil, olive oil, and sea salt (so simple… then why is it called the LA Woman??). The Ham and Yeezy, topped with ham, vodka sauce, red onion, caciocavallo, smoked mozzarella, pickled fresno chiles, and a superiority complex.
412 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dough Box is half about the pizza, half about the experience. East LA-ers know the drill: call in to place an order, drive to the shop in El Sereno, and swap your paper for a box or slice (lol y) of sizzling deep-dish pizza. It’s weird and it makes me love it even more. And oh yeah, the pizza is actually really good.
2734 N Eastern Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032
If a pizzeria were a celebrity, it would be Pizzeria Mozza. And it would be Meryl Streep, because everyone (except that one person who actually saw Ricki and the Flash and holds it against her) LOVES her and would consider her the GOAT. Most people in LA would consider pizza beast Nancy Silverton's shop to be the best in the biz, so come taste for yourself. The wood-fired pies are doughy, filled with airy, charred bubbles. Ingredients range from the standard, to the “why didn’t I think of that”: goat cheese and leeks, burrata and squash blossoms, or broccolini with caciocavallo cheese.
641 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
This no-frills Italian joint from Alimento chef Zach Pollack has lived up to the hype. It feels like Alimento’s chill younger cousin who shows good new music you would have never found on your own. Pies here range from the classic (think: the best margherita you’ve ever had), to funky takes on American classics, like BBQ chicken and Hawaiian. 🙌🏽
2100 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Homesick Brooklynites can get their fix at this famed NYC import, serving delicate brick-oven fired thin crust pizzas out in El Segundo. It’s just like making the trek to Manhattan to Brooklyn, making the experience even more authentic, no MetroCard needed.
2121 Rosecrans Ave #1399, El Segundo, CA 90245
This Arts District restaurant is still somehow the hottest ticket in town, even years after opening. Maybe it has something to do with the dope Neapolitan pies they sling night after night. Everything else on the menu is pretty amazing too, but you’ll definitely want to make the trek to this barren part of the warehouse-heavy district to sample one of their rustic pies, like the can’t-miss Alla’nduja, topped with sweet San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, black cabbage, fennel pollen, and the house-made spicy ‘nduja.
2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Triple Beam Pizza
Triple Beam has major street crew thanks to its star-studded crew of Mozza fame. The Highland Park pizzeria has been drawing crowds from all over the city to gorge on the single slices of Roman pie (charged by the ounce) to be enjoyed on the patio, and washed down with a cheap glass of wine.
5918 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042