Over the weekend, Jonathan Gold filed in on 800 Degrees, the quick-serve budget-friendly personalized Neapolitan pizza concept born from a collaboration between chef Anthony Carron and Umami Restaurant Group. Both concept and pizzas are a winner:
The new restaurant, crammed into a high-ceilinged remnant of what old-timers will remember as the Bratskellar, is based on an idea so simple that it is hard to believe nobody came up with it decades ago: high-quality pizza reformulated as fast-food — cheap, delicious, made with sustainably grown ingredients, infinitely customizable — and in and out of the ferociously hot wood-burning oven almost before you have gotten to the cash register.
This is a place with real Neapolitan pizza for six bucks; drinkable wine; cheap and delicious burrata salads; and an outer-space soda machine. It is vegan-friendly. It is open until 2 a.m. in Westwood Village, a famously difficult dining neighborhood.While The Goldster likes the pizza at Mother Dough better than the pies here, he still feel that 800 Degrees "is remarkable...there is really something here." [LAT]
[Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]
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