The Very Best Pizza in L.A.

While amazing pizza didn’t use to be synonymous with LA, we’ve discovered the pizza joints around town that officially change that perception. Here are the best spots in the city where the whole family can go and savor a delicious pie no matter what type you fancy.

photo: Shera S. via Yelp

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Watch out west coast! There may be no reason to fly back to New York for a slice. Grimaldi’s has opened it’s first California outpost in our very own backyard—El Segundo to be exact—and there are so many things to love about it’s newest location.

First and foremost, there is a ton of space both indoors and out (with a huge firepit to boot!). Second (and most importantly) the pizza. The mouth-watering, just like pizza is meant to be, thin crust, coal-oven fired, foldable pizza that will have everyone so gloriously happy in their east coast-style pie, they’ll be singing along with the Frank Sinatra tunes. If you want to give your kids an introduction as to why New York pizza reigns supreme, this is the spot to do it.

2121 Rosecrans Ave.
El Segundo
Online: grimaldispizzeria.com

photo: via Janelle Connor


Dearly beloved, we gather at Pizzanista to witness the union of mac ‘n’ cheese and pizza, and we promise that your palette will never be the same again. This soulful slice of heaven is (appropriately) only available on Sundays at this Arts District hot spot. While kiddos devour their mac ‘n’ cheese pizza, parents can pick from a variety of slices with mouth-watering toppings. The only problem you’ll have is deciding which slice to try first. Meat Jesus (loaded with bacon, sausage, and pepperoni), Vegan Pepperoni and the Sicilian (for those wanting a thicker style crust) keep folks coming back again and again. Most patrons here are uber cool and looking for a slice on the fly, but groups and families pile in booths to enjoy their smorgasbord. A nice selection of beer and wine rounds out the experience for parents; while kids continue stuffing their faces full of cheesy goodness. It’s no wonder we consider this place the holy grail of slices.

2019 E. 7th St.
(213) 627-1430
Online: pizzanista.com

photo: via Janelle Connor

DeSano Pizza Bakery

DeSano Pizza Bakery is to Neopolitan pizza, what Micro Mini is to toddler scooters: The very best. This joint serves exceptional Italian (right off the boat) ingredients in a casual and fun environment. Every pie is hand-crafted to perfection and scrumptious beyond compare. Kids adore the Margherita, and plant-loving parents will adore the Verdura — with mounds of perfectly-cooked mushrooms, tender broccoli rabe, and bursting cherry tomatoes, this pie is the ultimate veggie-lover’s pizza dream. TVs blasting games keep all the sports fans in your family entertained, while the rest of your crew can observe the master pizza makers twirling dough and working the wood-burning ovens.

4959 Santa Monica Blvd.
East Hollywood
(323) 913-7000
Online: desanopizza.com

photo: J. A. via yelp

Affair with my Plate

Come in for the pizza and stay for the love! Whole pies served fresh out the oven are everything at this NY-style pizza eatery on Wilshire in Brentwood. This family owned and operated shop passionately caters to those with big stomachs and even bigger hearts. Most afternoons you’ll find the owner’s kids hanging around doing their homework, while their Grandmother runs the kitchen. Families eating here feel the love and dig sharing pies like the Rachel alla Ranch (Ranch sauce, bacon, and chicken) and Shirley alla Seasoni — a pizza representing the four seasons divided into sections of zucchini, ham & peppers, pepperoni, and mushrooms.

11819 Wilshire Blvd. #103
(310) 479-9500
Online: affairwithmyplate.com

photo: via Janelle Connor

Vito’s Pizza

It seems like pizza is popping up everywhere west of the 405 these days, but our pick for yummy thin-crusted goodness is an old LA standby: Vito’s. This new-ish Santa Monica outpost offers pizza-lovers a chance to enjoy the same super thin and delicately crisp crust we’ve come to adore, but in a space that encourages camaraderie and community. Though slices are available and equally delish, whole pies for the table make Vito’s the place to be for weekend family dinner. The TV screens and a pool table don’t hurt! Dining-in is a real treat (parents, did we mention beer and wine?) but ordering (double-cut) pies for kids birthday parties is an absolute must and will impress even the pickiest party-goers.

2455 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica
(310) 884-5900
Online: vitossm.com

photo: Tran T. via yelp

The Good Pizza

Local families go gaga for the good pizza at this residential Westchester spot. Slices and pies are well-balanced with a perfect ratio of cheese to sauce to thin crust. Fret not if little ones pass on healthy toppings, pizzas here come with slivers of basil, which (desperate) parents count as a vegetable! And since kids usually eat all of their pizza, you can indulge them in a decadent slice of chocolate pizza. This delectable dessert is worth the drive and the carb overload. So whether you’re looking for savory or sweet, The Good Pizza has got you covered.

7929 Emerson Ave.
(310) 215-1883
Online: thegoodpizza.com


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