Photos by Elizabeth Daniels
In the world of pizza and UCLA students, chef turned pizzaiolo Anthony Carron is a godsend. Since its inception in January 2012, his 800 Degrees custom Neapolitan pizza concept has fed students and Westwood denizens affordably priced, high quality pizza pies, fired in 60 seconds within an 800°F wood-fuled oven. In fact, Carron is arguably the instigator of the present design-your-own quick cook pizza trend, which is sweeping the nation like wildfire. Newer to the game are places like PizzaRev, Blaze, and Pieology, just to name a few.
In anticipation of 800 Degrees Santa Monica's delayed January 21 launch, here now a look inside the completed pizzeria. Obviously, the long pizza bar is a definitive characteristic, and this is how patrons can pick and choose toppings of choice from truffled cheese to clams to bacon jam. Larger than the Westwood original, Santa Monica encompasses 5,000 square feet, with 120 seats, a 14-seat private dining room, and a to-go area that also vends olives and 800 Degrees-brand pizza kits. Note: There's free parking for 90 minutes with validation in the attached lot.
All 800 Degrees Coverage [~ELA~]