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Family owned and operated by a professional skateboarder, Salman Agah and his wife and brother in-law, Pizzanista combines the traditional thin crust pizza of New York with the abundantly fresh California ingredients and creates a one-of-a-kind delicious pie. Hand tossed dough is created from 200 year old sourdough cultures and tomatoes are hand milled from California. The establishment is located in the downtown Arts District of Los Angeles in a pre-World War I building. Pizza by the slice and salads are also available.
This local pizza joint specializes in New York Style pies. Located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, Tomato Pie Pizza Joint not only cares about its patrons, but about its community. Practicing recycling and composting, volunteering for school functions, and donating pizza to organizations, this pizza place offers more than just a good slice. Everything from East Coast favorites, fresh salads, specialty pies, appetizers, pastas and sub sandwiches are available. The outdoor patio is a great spot to enjoy the California sunshine and a great piece of New York style pizza.
Los Angeles is known for its pizza joints but Cruzer Pizza is one of the rare restaurants to serve completely vegan pizzas. The interiors are minimalist and the day's menu is written on a blackboard. Savor pizzas in varieties like Indian Kima Gourmet Pizza topped with Indian herbs, the Ratatouille Gourmet Pizza with eggplant, and Gourmet Pesto Pizza blending artichokes and spinach. Other items include Cheese Calzone, Vegan Meat Lasagna, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake and Tiramisu. The desserts are made without the use of eggs and guests can also opt for gluten-free items if they have allergies. The sheer variety of pizzas, desserts and beverages makes this a favored vegan eatery with both children and adults. If you are unable to visit this restaurant, it offers free delivery services.
With white subway tiles and a large brick oven, this pizzeria in Hollywood is touted as having some of the best Neapolitan pizza in the city. Honoring the old world tradition, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria uses the best ingredients available with local mozzarella and flour imported from Italy. It's thin crust is simple and delicious made with just four ingredients, flour, salt, water, and wild yeast. Ready in under two minutes, your pizza will be ready by the time you leave the counter! Try the classic margarita, or opt for one of the specialized creations like the Napolenta with anchovies, shrimp, garlic, and capers.
If your idea of culinary heaven involves a yummy, gooey pizza pie with delicious toppings, then definitely make a stop at Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood. The restaurant serves the tasty Italian favorite, with toppings like clams, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, eggs, nettles, burrata cheese, mozzarella and lots more. Diners will be wowed by the distinctive flavor of the wood-fired oven that each pizza is baked in. Delicious antipasti, desserts, and wine are also available, and the menu includes a large selection of vegetarian options. Proprietor and TV personality Mario Batali created a restaurant that is bright, lively, colorful and dedicated to using sustainable ingredients. This place is hard to beat for a casual meal and value for money.
Since opening over 50 years ago, Casa Bianca has been a local favorite. The walls are covered with memorabilia, from autographed head-shots of no-name celebrities to Italian artifacts. Casa Bianca draws in families, couples, professionals, hipsters and anyone else within a 10-mile radius. The pizzeria is cozy, upbeat and casual. The pizza is the best item on the menu. They offer traditional toppings, like pepperoni and adventurous ones, like eggplant. Some nights you may even wait over an hour, but it's worth it. After the meal you'll understand why night after night the line is out the door.
Many consider it the best pizza in Los Angeles, if not the world. Actress Cathy Moriarty runs this mini-chain that serves New York-style pizza and pasta. The home-made desserts here are very tasty too. The walls are plastered with movie posters and photos of New York gangsters. The small rooms offer up to 10 small tables—just enough room for a pizza and a drink. If you need an East Coast fix, this is the place to get it.
One of the best spots for pizzas, Pitfire Pizza North Hollywood is known for their wood-fired baked pizzas. Focusing on market-driven ingredients, they feature a menu that also includes daily specials. Though it is limited, you can be sure of their quality. Try their delightful creations like the Burrata, Big Sur, Zoe's Pepperoni, Field Mushroom and Honey Bear. They also have a separate menu for kids. Dine alfresco in their heated patio and enjoy the peppy beats played by the DJ nightly.
Branding itself as a gourmet pizzeria and bakery, Milo & Olive is a Santa Monica favorite on the famous Wilshire Boulevard. Wood fired pizzas are charred to perfection with a crispy, light crust and gooey fresh mozzarella cheese. Daily changing salads are inspired by farmers market finds with organic ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes and crunchy cucumbers. The morning hours see a variety of delectable pastries made fresh from scratch, while the afternoons and evenings feature a selection of small plates aside from the pizza and salad. Baked breads, gourmet coffee, wine and craft beer round out the menu selections.
Opt for a seat in the pleasant outdoor patio of Gjelina to understand why locals love this eatery. Be it the plates of charcuterie, oysters or entrees, each dish on the menu is bursting with flavor, ready to be savored by hungry diners. The pleasant sun, lush greenery and fresh breeze at lunchtime add to the experience of relishing contemporary specialties. There is a fire pit too for warming up the cool nights. Do have a look at the comprehensive wine list to sample some interesting varieties.
The Zagat Survey and L.A. Weekly have both dubbed this place the “best pizza” joint of West LA. If that doesn’t convince prospective pizza-lovers, then perhaps one of their ultimate gourmet pies with bagel-dough crust will do the trick. For picky eaters, the option of choosing a sauce and topping is available; pick alfredo sauce and tequila lime marinated chicken, for example, or olive pesto sauce with mushrooms. The Salad Pizza and Breakfast Pizza are local favorites. The place itself is small yet decorated, with beach themes that remind customers of Venice! Call ahead for more information.
Diners at the Stella Barra Pizzeria are greeted by its dark walls and bare ducts that lend an air of casualness to this restaurant. However, the staff, led by chef Jeff Mahin does not take its menu casually. Artisan pizzas baked with an assortment of toppings like candied bacon, butternut squash, prosciutto, fingerling potatoes and scallions make the menu. They are complemented by a variety of salads and sandwiches. The wine list is extensive, with specially chosen labels from around the world.