Kids don’t want to eat their veggies? No news there! But maybe you don’t want to trick them into eating vegetables tonight. Give everyone a night off and take the family out for pizza! Red Tricycle put together a list of kid-friendly pizza places for parents and kids to enjoy.
Tomato Pie Pizza
Make your own pizza with their choices of East Coast classic or gourmet toppings, or pick one of their gourmet pizzas (try the Prosciutto happiness or the Carnitas Way). Also famous for its tomato pie pizza which has no mozzarella and a little grated Pecorino instead. Two locations: Silver Lake and Melrose.
Masa of Echo Park
More of a Chicago deep dish fan? This place makes everything from scratch including the dough every morning and uses local and Chicago-imported products. Yum! 1800 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Open everyday.
Milo + Olive
What’s not to love about a neighborhood bakery and artisan wood-fire pizzeria that’s almost always open for dine-in or take out? Kids love the pizza and family atmosphere (and scent of fresh baked cookies in the air), parents love the farm to table ingredients and spectacular sides like kale salad and fried local squid. 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
Not your typical pizza joint, Pizza Fusion is dedicated to providing healthy food by serving organic ingredients and being an earth-friendly business! Three locations: Hollywood, Santa Monica, Temecula.
Danielle’s wood-fired pizza
Looking for the perfect hand-tossed made to order pizza? Danielle’s got it. Fresh ingredients, thin slightly wood burned crust, it’s like a short trip to Italy! We do suggest ordering takeout, though, as the dining room is tiny, and not the best scene for wee ones. 4822 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village.
Red Devil Pizza
Think you can eat a lot of pizza? Red Devil Pizza offers the 28″ four topping pizza challenge! Too much for you? Just share one with the family and watch the big eaters at work! This place is also home of the 50″ pizza, the largest round deliverable pizza. 17555 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills.
Family-owned since 1949, Miceli’s offers a large selection of tomato-based pizzas the kids will love along with the singing waiters and the checkers tablecloths. The menu also offers a wide array of pasta and Italian entrees if you don’t feel like pizza! 3655 Cahuenga Blvd W., Universal City.
Abbott’s Pizza Company
If you want a lot of choice for your buck, head over to Abbott’s Pizza. Choose from their gourmet or New York style pizza selection or make your own. Forget the blend crust and marinara sauce, at Abbott’s you can choose from five different sauces and six different crusts (onion, garlic, sesame, poppy, hot crust or blend). So get creative! And if you still want to get your cup of veggies for the day, try the cheeseless veggie! Three locations: Santa Monica, Venice and Culver City.
Alejo’s delivers healthy portions at reasonable prices and will appease any picky eater you might bring along. 8343 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester.
Not only is it delicious, it’s friendly for all diets (with gluten free and vegan options, and a special kid sauce with ground up veggies they’ll never notice, but will devour), they have tons of family meal options, loads of yummy topping, and best of all, they give kids lumps of pizza dough to play with while their custom pie bakes and sends them all home with balloons. We’re in love. (They also do birthday parties!) With locations in Santa Monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Calabasas, Marina Del Rey and Westlake Village, one is probably right near you.
Too tired to think? They’ve got a gazillion rotating, seasonal combinations that temp the most gourmet palate. Feeling picky? Custom design your own creation. Don’t feel like pizza? There’s pasta, panini and fresh salads. And the kids menu had them at mini-pizza, mini mac & cheese and opposite-of-mini chocolate chip cookies. (And there are gluten free crusts and vegan cheeses to pick from here too…) Seven locations: North Hollywood, West Hollywood, West LA, Downtown, Mar Vista, Costa Mesa and Manhattan Beach.