A new round of pizza wars is heating up in Los Angeles, and the most unique entrant into the mix has to be Pain Pizza. The pop-up newcomer will land at Silver Lake’s We Have Noodles shop for one night only, on Sunday, February 11.
Pain Pizza is unique in several ways. First, it’s the brainchild of food writer Karen Palmer and chef Nick Montgomery. The former is a relatively recent New York City expat who got into a bit of an early kerfuffle over a one-starred LA Weekly guest review she doled out to Tintorera, while the latter is an NYC kitchen vet who opened up Downtown’s ill-fated Osso.
Even more interesting is the concept itself. Rather than, say, wood-fired pies from the likes of La Morra, Pain Pizza will debut their signature French bread pizzas. These are smaller, cheesier bites done up on a Bub and Grandma’s baguette — it’s like what a suburban kid might pop in the microwave growing up, offered at $5 apiece ($7 for the pepperoni) alongside a couple of salads and a tiramisu. Because the pop-up is happening at We Have Noodles, the team will also sell beer and wine.
Add Pain Pizza to a growing list of lesser-seen pizza styles emerging around Los Angeles right now. There’s also Roy Choi’s mixed-message slices at Pot Cafe in Koreatown, deep dish at the newer Blackbird on Melrose, and today’s look at wide Roman slices from Highland Park’s Triple Beam Pizza. The Pain Pizza party starts at noon at We Have Noodles (3827 W. Sunset Blvd.), and goes until it’s all gone.