La Morra, long considered one of LA’s best pop-up spots for blistered, wood-fired pizza, is going permanent on West Third Street. The plan is to begin serving customers directly from a takeout window at the former Gusto at 8022 West Third. Little House Confections now bakes there, and La Morra gets to use a portion of the space for evening service.
The new light blue and white checkered window area was just completed this week for the project, and just in time to start selling before Christmas. Owners Zach Swemle and Marlee Blodgett (who moved to Los Angeles in 2017 after a successful stint running a restaurant in Charleston) have been scouting more long term locations for years while staying busy with rotating pop-ups and catering, so this first step is a big one for the duo. More recently, as pandemic lockdowns have roiled the always-volatile restaurant industry, the La Morra crew has turned to focus more on par-cooked pizzas that are sealed and frozen for at-home eating.
Not only will the new window offer fans a takeaway just-cooked pizza experience, the space means room for new menu items like salads and packaged goods, including garlic oil, Italian-inspired chili crisp, and more. Frozen pizzas will be available for takeaway too, meant for socking away at home.
The new La Morra Pizzeria takeaway window opens wide next week, starting on Wednesday, December 23 with hours from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The window will open Christmas Eve too, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., before resuming service on Saturday with ongoing hours from 4 p.m. to 9 pm., Wednesdays through Saturdays. Expect online ordering in advance, as well as walk-up service.