You may have heard the rumor that Los Angeles doesn’t know a thing about pizza, and basically only New York and Chicago have got it down. That’s totally not true, and whether or not the country cares to admit it, WE know there are plenty of excellent options in our city. Several are right here on Melrose Avenue. So if you’re jonesing for some pizza, consider these pieslingers.
Not saying there’s anything wrong with New York pizza, ‘cause there’s not. If you’re in that state of mind, do it right at Frankies New York Italian Restaurant. Frankie and his family are from NY, and make all their meals homey, easy coast-y, and well into the night (the kitchen’s open until midnight – WHAT?!). Only four pizza options here because how many more do you need? Sausage, peppers, and onions – done!
Sal’s Vienna Café stays fairly traditional, offering big pies with a slightly spicy tomato sauce and just enough cheese to hold some eggplant, artichokes, maybe a little prosciutto. You want a foldable slice that doesn’t fall apart or dump its contents on your lap, and that’s how they make ‘em at Sal’s.
A little joint with a lot of choices, Tomato Pie Pizza Joint lets you do it your way. Thin, square, deep dish, gluten-free crust options are customizable with meats that are free of garbage (hormones, nitrates, antibiotics, MSG), pasteurized cheese (with a vegan option), and fresh herbs and veggies. Go spicy, go veg, or heck, try a pesto sauce.
Old school pizzamaking with new school attitude. That’s Lucifer’s Pizza. All fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, everything made by hand, flavor palettes pulled from cuisine all over the world like Thai satay chicken and Greek lamb and rosemary make this a great stop for both the traditionalist as well as the adventuresome. Gluten-free and vegan options are available.
If reservations are suggested, you know your’re not in for a typical pizza experience. Pizzeria Mozza elevates the pie in ways you really must taste to believe. To call it food art might diminish how truly decadent and satisfying these gourmet pizzas are. Squash blossoms with tomato and burrata might be one of the simplest options. Egg, bacon, yukon gold potato, and bermuda onions is a breakfast for any hour.