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Downtown’s Latest Is a New York Pizza Player With a Japanese Hifi Bar Vibe

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Lupetti Pizzeria and In Sheep’s Clothing combine in the Arts District

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

East Coasters longing for a slice of New York City-style pizza could be in for something great with Lupetti Pizzeria, opening soon on Alameda in Downtown. But there’s more than just slices to this casual newcomer, including whiskey and a killer sound system.

Lupetti Pizzeria will arrive later this spring at 310 S. Alameda, right on the edge of Little Tokyo and the Arts District. The entire property has been getting a serious facelift since at least last year, and now will offer pies and surprises to those who venture in. The food is coming from Adam Tomei, a longtime pizzaiolo (and yes, Marisa Tomei’s brother) who has spent many nights overseeing slices at places like Lexington Social House and Gjusta. He’s a Brooklyn native himself, and will be doing his take on New York City’s signature style, both as whole pies and all-night slices.

The other half of the restaurant’s equation is a side bar to be called In Sheep’s Clothing. Owner Bryan Ling of Fairfax’s No Name Bar is behind both projects, and has become well-versed in the Japanese hifi kissa bar scene, where acoustic greatness pairs with classic cocktails (including lots of Japanese whiskey) in a casual setting. Consultant Zach Cowie helped to oversee the sound system and record collection. During the day, expect a tight coffee and tea menu at In Sheep’s Clothing.

Lupetti Pizzeria and In Sheep’s Clothing should both be ready for a full reveal sometime before summer, keeping daytime through late night bar hours. In the meantime, they’re hiring up for a variety of positions.

Lupetti Pizzeria / In Sheep’s Clothing
310 S. Alameda
Los Angeles, CA