Watch out NY and Chicago, pizza is having a moment here in LA and we’re not mad about it. Check out some of the newest pizza joints to hit our town as well as some steadfast favorites…because pizza night is never a bad idea.
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Mangia! Mangia! Italian pizza is hard to beat which is what makes this Roman-style pizzeria, located at The Americana in Glendale, worth the trip (bonus: you'll get the taste of Italy without the jet lag!). And don't fret westsiders, this pizza hot-spot, has locked in two permanent, brick-and-mortar locations to open in early 2022: Caruso’s Palisades Village and Waterside at Marina del Rey. Order by the cut, the half or whole pan, it's the kind of pizza you'll come back to again and again.
As one reviewer wrote, "The crunch on the bottom gave way to a tender, flavorful crust filled with lovely air pockets, and a slight tang from the fermentation process. The toppings were spot on as well. The unctuous soppressata and the warm oozing burrata made for a perfect combination. But the biggest surprise was the mixed mushroom pizza. The earthy mix of both cremini and porcini mushrooms combined with provolone and mozzarella cheeses was absolute perfection!"
769 Americana Way
Danny Boy’s Famous Original is Chef Danial Holzman's answer to the enduring question: “Where can I get a great New York style slice here in LA?” For east coast transplants, it's like a slice of heaven sent straight from Little Italy. Of course nothing beats a basic cheese or pepperoni pizza but don't miss out on the hot hero sandwiches—like meatball parmesan, chicken parm. and sausage, peppers and onion. Located in HALO DTLA, this grab-and-go style is the perfect pitstop when hanging around Bunker Hill and just a 3 minute walk from The Broad Museum—one of our favorite museums with kids.
330 S. Hope St.
Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co.
This fast-casual family-style pizzeria has a warm and welcoming vibe, and serves up wood-fired 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.
2706 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.
La Morra Pizzeria
Get 'em while they're hot—or frozen—at this La Morra's 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).
8022 W. 3rd St.
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 Place orders via DM on Instagram—get detailed ordering instructions here and keep an eye on for their newest spot to feature pizza, cake and a wine shop coming soon to Echo Park.
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.
2118 E. 4th St.
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.
11712 San Vicente Blvd.
460 N. Robertston Blvd.
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).
2019 E. 7th St.
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.
8810 Washington Blvd.
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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.
4822 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
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.
210 E 3rd St.
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.
2121 Rosecrans Ave.
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