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LA’s Best New Pizza Spots of 2021

Ordering in pizza… again? (No judgment!) Instead of opting for your go-to delivery place, change things up and try out one of LA’s newest pizza joints. Want to indulge in a Detroit-style pie that’s thick and crispy-edged? We’ve got options. Prefer a NY-inspired crust that’s thin and immanently foldable? Yep, that’s here, too. Read on for all the details.

The Newcomers

Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co.

LA's newest fast-casual pizzeria has a warm and welcoming vibe, and serves up pizza, loaded fries and spicy wings, along with beer, wine and cocktails. Reviewers are raving about the perfectly chewy-yet-crispy Neapolitan-style pies, and variety of toppings. (Though you can never go wrong with Brooklyn Ave.'s O.G. pizza, featuring pepperoni, fresh oregano and mozzarella.) Fun fact: Cesar Chavez Ave. was formerly Brooklyn Ave., hence the name. 

Open Tues.-Sun., 11a.m.-9p.m. (until 10p.m. on Fri. and Sat.), for takeout, delivery and outdoor dining.

2706 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.
Boyle Heights
323-968-1106
Online: brooklynavepizzaco.com

La Morra Pizzeria

Get 'em while they're hot—or frozen—at this La Morra's recently opened take-out window. The popular, take-home frozen pies have been known to sell out, but you can pre-order for pickup to secure your slice of the pie (literally). Favorites include the classic Marghertia (with real buffalo mozzarella), Cavolo Rosso (a vegan option), and the super-satisfying Patate (with Yukon Gold potatoes, rosemary, raclette cheese, panna, black pepper and parmigiano). 

Open Wed.-Sat., 4p.m.-9p.m. and Sun., 4p.m.-8p.m., for takeout, delivery and outdoor dining (though seating is very limited).

8022 W. 3rd St.
Beverly Grove
Online: lamorrapizzeria.com

Quarter Sheets

Haven't tried Detroit-style pizza yet? You'll want to stalk Quarter Sheets on Instagram for a chance to sample the pan-baked, Sicilian-inspired thick-and-airy crust that's all the rage. Sure, Quarter Sheets claims it's "Glendale's #1 least authentic Detroit style pizza," but you can blame the seasonal, creative toppings for the lack of Motor City authenticity, not the crispy-edged perfection of the crust. An ever-changing weekly menu always includes the classics (plain cheese and pepperoni), plus one original pie, featuring ingredients like whipped feta, hen of the woods mushrooms and poblanos. As yummy as the pizzas are, make sure to save room for Quarter Sheets salty chocolate chunk cookies and other desserts. 

Available Thurs.-Sun. for pickup only. Place orders via DM on Instagram—get detailed ordering instructions here.

Online: instagram.com/quartersheets

Bootleg Pizza

After a stint as a pop-up, then a food truck, Bootleg Pizza now has a brick-and-mortar location. Somewhere in between Detroit style pizza and traditional pizza, the sourdough crust is baked in a square-shaped pan and manages to be both thick and crispy. For something adventurous, try the Hot Jimmy, with mozzarella, ricotta, hot sausage, roasted whole garlic, black pepper, parm and hot honey.

Open daily, 12p.m.-8p.m., for pickup only.  

5504 W. Pico Blvd.
Pico-Robertson
Online: bootlegpizza.com

Little Coyote

If you prefer a slice of pie you can fold rather than the trendy, thicker-crusted versions, Little Coyote is your jam. Their New York-style pizza is hand-stretched, with a thin, foldable crust. The owners of the new Long Beach spot say it's "inspired by the old school New York pizzerias we loved so much as kids." In addition to pizza, you can also find Italian and meatball subs, plus a robust beer and wine list for pairing with your pie. 

Open daily, 12p.m.-8p.m., for pickup, delivery and outdoor dining. 

2118 E. 4th St.
Long Beach
562-434-2009
Online: littlecoyotelbc.com

OId-School Favorites

Pizzana

Featuring Naples style pizzas coming out of wood-burning ovens, this beacon of bubbly crust and billowy cheese has become a Westside institution—and has since opened an outpost in West Hollywood. The restaurant’s naturally fermented dough and wood-fired oven work in tandem to create a crust that is both gloriously chewy and perfectly charred.

Open daily, 11:30a.m.-9p.m., for pickup and delivery. Consider their "Heat and Slice" option, for a fresh-from-the-oven experience.  

11712 San Vicente Blvd.
Brentwood
310-481-7108

460 N. Robertston Blvd.
West Hollywood
310-657-4662
Online: pizzana.com

Hail Mary Pizza

 

Open daily for curbside pickup and delivery. 

3219 Glendale Blvd.
Atwater Village
323-284-8879
Online: hailmarypizzala.com

L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele

1534 N. McCadden Pl.
Hollywood
323-366-2408
Online: damicheleusa.com

Pizzanista

Even if you are a pizza purist, Pizzanista's famed mac 'n’ cheese pizza might just convert you. (Note: This slice of heaven is only available on Sun.) Besides Pizzanista's signature slice, favorites include the Meat Jesus (loaded with bacon, sausage, and pepperoni), Vegan Pepperoni and the Sicilian (for those wanting a thicker style crust). 

Open Tues. thru Sun., for takeout and delivery.

2019 E. 7th St.
Downtown
Online: pizzanista.com

photo: Andie Huber

Roberta's LA

While you can get a plain margherita style pie for the kids, if you want to really let those tastebuds sing, order the Bee Sting (pictured). Tomato, soppressata, mozzarella with chili oil, honey and basil all come together in a perfect marriage of spicy sweet flavor on just thin-enough crust that will have you wondering why you ordered it to share. 

Open daily, 5p.m.-10p.m., for delivery and outdoor dining. Reservations available via Resy.

8810 Washington Blvd.
Culver City
Online: robertaspizza.com/los-angeles

Danielle's Wood-Fired Pizza

Don't let the unassuming strip mall location fool you; the pizza here is top-notch. Order it by the slice, build your own pie, or try one of Danielle's gourmet creations at the under-the-radar San Fernando Valley spot. 

Open daily

4822 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village
Online: daniellespizza.com

Michael's Downtown

The best thing about this Long Beach favorite? The kids can make their own pizza. Just ask the staff and they'll bring them their own dough that they can pound out into any shape they want, say what toppings and voila! A personalized pizza just for them. 

If you're not ready to dine out just yet, try Michael's make-your-own Pizza Kit, which includes everything you need to create your own pie at home. 

Open daily, 11:30a.m.-10p.m., for takeout, delivery and outdoor dining. Reservations available via Resy.

210 E 3rd St.
Long Beach 
562-491-2100
Online: michaelsdt.com

Grimaldi's Pizzeria

Enjoy thin crust, coal brick-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 without purchasing an airline ticket, this is the spot to do it.

Open daily, 11a.m.-9p.m., for takeout, delivery and outdoor dining.

2121 Rosecrans Ave.
El Segundo
Online: grimaldispizzeria.com

–Janelle Connor, Andie Huber & Shannan Rouss


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