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LA Chefs Weigh In On Their Favorite Local Pizza Joints

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For Eater Pizza Week, we thought it would be fun to get our city's top dogs to weigh in on their favorite pizza places. Spoiler Alert: Nearly every chef we asked had the same three answers. Everyone mentioned Nancy and Mozza, as if it was obvious. Not a lot of chefs in this city seem to do delivery, and prefer to dine in when possible. Their answers, below.

· Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun): Mozza and Joe's.

· Michael Voltaggio (ink.): Stella Rossa.

· Piero Selvaggio (Valentino): Vincenti on Monday night. Chef Nicoa is also a pizza master.

· David LeFevre (MB Post): My favorite pizza in the city is at Sotto. I love the flavor and texture of the crust and the combinations that Zach and Steve come up with, from a simple tomato/mozz/basil to their guanciale. The wood burning oven is a beast and, having visited and worked in their kitchen, I have the utmost respect for their soulful respect for tradition.

· Adam Horton (Raphael): Mozza, the Salame, Mozzarella and Fresno Chiles. Also 800 Degrees.

· Ricardo Zarate (Picca, Mo-Chica): Mozza, the Goat Cheese and Leek Pizza.

· Suzanne Goin (Lucques, Tavern, AOC): Raffallo's with the kids. Alex just picks the pepperoni off and eats them so we need extra! And lots of chilis on the side for me and Dave!"

· Walter Manzke (Republique): Milo & Olive, even before I worked here! I like Mozza and the NY-style pizza from Vito's and LaRocca's.

· Alex Reznik (La Seine): 800 Degrees and Sotto, Zack knows how to make a pizza.

· Quinn and Karen Hatfield (Hatfield's): Mozza, Fennel Sausage Pizza.

· Waylynn Lucas (fonuts): Stella Rossa, the Shaved Mushroom Pizza.

· Suzanne Tracht (Jar): Mozza, Fennel Sausage with chili pepper on the side.

· Marcel Vigneron: Mozza.

· Neal Fraser (BLD): Sotto.

· Joe Miller (Joe's): Angelini Osteria.

· Ray Garcia (FIG): Delmonico’s.

· Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill): I'm not a huge pizza eater, and there are so many great places, Mozza, Gjelina, Antica, and Pitfire, but if I'm going to eat it, I like to have a nostalgic slice at Damiano’s on Fairfax. It reminds me of the old fashion Italian restaurants that I ate at growing up.

· Susan Feniger (STREET, Border Grill): Pizza is one of those great late night things for me because it’s spicy, savory, and an easy comfort food. I get it delivered at home from Maria’s with tons of fresh basil, pepperoni, and mozzarella and it reminds me of growing up in Toledo. But there is nothing better than taking home one of Nancy’s delicious pizzas from Mozza2Go, and I have such a hard time deciding between the fennel sausage or the egg and radicchio.
·All Pizza Week 2012 Coverage [~ELA~]

Pizzeria Mozza

800 West Coast Highway, , CA 92663 (949) 945-1126 Visit Website