If you’ve walked around Melrose Ave. lately, you may have smelled some mouthwatering scents wafting through the air. That’s in large part thanks to the numerous rich pizza options that have popped up within the 21-block area from Fairfax to Highland. Pizza lovers from all over the city have begun flocking to Melrose, testing out all the savory pizza types and attempting to decide upon a favorite.
If you’re overwhelmed at the number of pizza options or perhaps want to cater your pizza experience to a specific style, here is a definitive guide to all the pizza places on Melrose.
A casual newer pizza joint that serves both deep dish and thin crust options, Blackbird is a great place to hang with friends when you want to unwind and be a bit decadent. Since good deep dish pizza isn’t always easy to find (outside of Chicago, of course), people seem to love the yummy cheeses and extra crunch the deep dish has to offer at Blackbird. The pizzas here come in full size only – no slices available. You can order the eponymous Blackbird pizza for a great mix of mushrooms, artichokes, onions, ricotta, and feta cheeses. Or, if you’re especially hungry, the Balls Deep is their signature deep-dish with yummy meat balls that are guaranteed to leave you feeling satisfied. People also enjoy the fact that there are lots of beer options and microbrews to enjoy along with every juicy bite.
7459 Melrose Ave
This New York-style eatery prides itself on bringing you an authentic Little Italy experience inspired by the NYC transplant and restaurant founder, Frankie Competelli. When you enter this restaurant, you’re treated like family. You may even get served by Frankie himself, or one of his family members like his daughter, Rosemary, who also works at the restaurant. The New Yorker pizza is a simple, thin crust pizza that boasts just cheese and tomatoes combined so deliciously you’ll wonder why you’d ever want to eat anything else. This throwback classic Italian joint not only offers pizza, but pasta, sandwiches, a clam bar and all sorts of other delicious Italian options. Plus, make sure to get a picture with the Frank Sinatra mural to really commemorate the visit.
Frankie’s on Melrose
7228 Melrose Ave
Come for the Hapa Haole Hula Pie, stay for the popcorn Brussels.
This modern gastro pub offers pizza and so much more. Though pineapple on pizza isn’t everyone’s style, the off-menu Haole Hula Pie (pork, pineapple, plum sauce, and edible flowers) seems to be quite a beloved Yelp item at LN2. People rave about the restaurant’s bright ambiance and creative pizza stylings like duck confit pizza, which combines goat cheese, butternut squash, basil, and roasted plum hoisin. And lots of customers love the Popcorn Brussels, tumeric tempura and spicy miso ranch-encrusted Brussels sprouts. Husband and wife team, Mica Ray and chef Christopher Robbins, combine years of experience in corporate kitchens into a delightfully unique dining experience at LN2—the name for the chemical symbol for nitrogen which features in many of their cocktails and desserts. Plus, if you happen to be nearby during brunch time, grab yourself one of their insanely popular Bloody Marys.
7212 Melrose Avenue
This sinfully delicious pizza is an excellent option for anyone, but particularly for people who have specific food allergies or preferences. They offer traditional pizzas along with vegan cheese options for vegans or those who avoid dairy, and cauliflower crust in case you’re observing a keto or gluten-free diet. The Zucha pizza offers the curious yet delicious-sounding veggie combination of pumpkin, olives, feta, zucchini, red bell pepper, and spinach. And based on the way people rave about the alternative options, they’re good for restricted diets and omnivores alike. Part of Lucifer’s name comes from the ability to order really, really hot pizza options like the Ringburner, which has pepperoni, jalapeños, black pepper, bell pepper, and red pepper flakes. So, if you’re into some serious sensation while you eat, this is a great option.
7123 Melrose Avenue
Nestled right next to its fancier sibling, Osteria Mozza, this restaurant offers the same deliciousness of its neighbor but in a much more casual setting. The pizzas come in smaller, personal sizes so you can savor every bite. You can also enjoy a nice Italian wine list for a truly authentic eating experience. The margarita pizza (which features only buffalo mozzarella, tomato, basil and extra virgin olive oil) will allow you to enjoy how delicious the simplest options can be while you savor the famously tasty crust. But if you want to stray from your pizza craving, the grilled cheese menu has a ton of incredible offerings like Ruth’s Grilled Cheese, which combines white cheddar, scallions, shallots and horseradish (plus bacon if you’d like). Unlike Osteria, it’s much easier to get in without a reservation, though making one is suggested if you want to make sure you snag a spot on a busier night.
641 N Highland Ave
Well-known as a popular pizza spot in West Hollywood, Provami Pizzaria recently brought their deliciousness to Melrose. Run by Vito lacopelli, a YouTube tutorial creator and personality, you can expect all the playful deliciousness he’s built his career on with every menu option. Before you dive into any of the pizzas, it’s easy to get lost in all the yummy-looking appetizer options like the smoked mozzarella with honey and the homemade beef and veal meatballs that are slow-cooked in the wood burning oven. The most popular pizzas are the Neapolitans. Truffle lovers will absolutely savor every bite of the Truffle Pizza, which boasts smoked mozzarella, parmesan cheese, black truffle pesto, fresh truffle from Italy, and white truffle oil. Provami’s serves many other pizza styles as well, along with coffee, gelato, salads, and all sorts of tasty sides.
7407 W Melrose Ave
Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Chef Daniel and Caitlin Cutter, Ronan is not to be missed. And, thanks to the beautiful two-story floral mural from local artist David Flores painted on the side of the building, it’s hard to overlook. The menu prides itself not only on excellent options created from responsibly raised, locally-sourced ingredients. People rave about the Margherita pizza which has a playful menu description of #DOPE and includes the less common Margherita pizza ingredient of pecorino Calabrese. But people also love the creative craft cocktails like the You Up? (Averna, Mezcal, cold brew coffee, pineapple, and lime). The trendy indoor decor combined with the cozy (and heated) outdoor patio are also major draws.
7315 Melrose Ave
Sal’s Restaurant in the heart of the Melrose Improvement District not only offers great pizza options, including the classic pepperoni and yummy shrimp, but they have a ton of general casual Italian eatery foods available as well like spaghetti and various pastas. You can get a no-cheese veggie pizza called, simply, the Vegetarian pizza that has artichokes, eggplant, mushrooms, peppers and onions. Or you can go to the other end of the spectrum and get the Meat Lovers pizza, which has chicken, sausage, bacon, and mozzarella. Plus, they offer a very popular bottomless mimosa deal during brunch and lots of great comedy shows in the spacious back room. Oh, and they there’s a decadent graham cracker pie for desert that people lose their mind for.
7356 Melrose Ave
The Sit Down is well known in Los Feliz as THE spot for classic wood-fired Napolitano pizza, and authentic Sicilian Italian fare made with farm-fresh produce. The restaurant’s newest location on Stanley Avenue, just off Melrose, offers a quiet, intimate setting, steps away from the busy shopping district. Pizza fans can delight in a wide variety of both Pizza Rosso (made with tomato sauce and mozzarella) and Pizza Bianco (no tomato sauce) options. Pizza offerings range from delicious vegetarian, vegan and traditional offerings such as The Butcher (made with pepperoni, sausage, salami, mortadella, and meatballs), to the Carbonara (pancetta, roasted egg, parmigiana cream sauce). They also offer fresh pasta and bread, along with an extensive breakfast and brunch menu.
The Sit Down
707 N Stanley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
This restaurant is the perfect place to dine when you want to spruce up your Italian-style eating with a little classier clothing. The more upscale ambiance combined with the daily specials means that this is the perfect place to grab a relaxing drink and a comforting pizza after a long day of work. The Happy Hour menu has some great pizza options including a pizza with pepperoni, honey, and chili oil for an extra kick, or just something as simple as pizza Bianca with roasted mushrooms, broccolini, and taggiascha olives. Or you can enjoy any number of yummy Italian options, including homemade pasta (like the spaghettini which has white and black garlic, calabrian chilies, pecorino) or heavenly grilled avocado (made with moroccan lemon, calabrian chili oil, ricotta salata). It also has a large heated patio space that adds even more ambiance to the savory experience.
7505 Melrose Ave
While there are many options to get delicious pizza all over, this restaurant on Melrose is especially popular because it’s the perfect place to refuel during a long shopping (or Instagram picture taking) experience. They sell pizza by the slices and, like other restaurants, have some gluten free options if that’s necessary – or just preferred – for your diet. There are also a number of vegetarian-friendly options that are clearly marked on the menu. Plus, they call their pizza “pies,” which makes it even more charming. Meat eaters are big fans of the BBQ chicken and onion house pie which includes marinated chicken breast, red onion, mozzarella cheese, cilantro and smoky barbecue sauce. But vegetarians will love the Miss Green, which has pesto sauce, spinach, broccoli, zucchini, nutmeg, mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta cheese. Plus, their garlic knots (made with olive oil, garlic, and romano cheese) will melt in your mouth.
Tomato Pie Pizza Joint
7751 ½ Melrose Ave
If you want an authentic Tuscan-style experience without ever getting on an airplane, this recent addition to Melrose is the restaurant for you. Torelli Trattoria is run by a mother and son duo who incorporate the tastes of their native Italian town in every entrée and pride themselves on creating an authentic Italian experience. In fact, many people say that dining here is like getting lost in a small Italian village with both the quiet, friendly atmosphere and the exciting tastes in every tempting bite. With the ever-changing seasonal menu, there’s no one thing that this restaurant is known for beyond ambiance and excellence. Pizza options are exquisite, such as the Capricciosa which is made with prosciutto cotto, Italian sausage, sautéed mushrooms, mozzarella, and pomarola. Their ever-changing menu is nicely broken up into pizzas, different kinds of meats, appetizers, and salads. Plus, the wine list is extensive, so you’re guaranteed to find something perfect to pair with your dish.
7469 Melrose Ave