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Wonho Frank Lee

19 Saucy Pizza Spots to Love Around Los Angeles

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| Wonho Frank Lee

Looking back, it’s incredible to see how LA’s unique pizza culture developed over the decades. It likely started in the early ‘80s with Wolfgang Puck’s then-innovative smoked salmon pizza at Spago. But in recent years, Los Angeles saw a notable rise in non-Californian operators making the Westward leap by introducing New York, Detroit, and Neapolitan-style pizzas. Locals also threw formidable hats in SoCal’s pizza ring. The result is Los Angeles being a hotspot for excellent pizza dough topped with local ingredients by chefs who obsess over sauce and delicious pies. Here are 19 essential pizzas to try throughout the Southland.

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Folks Pizza

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Folks Pizza owner Joey Booterbaugh is a longtime student of dough fermentation. The stunning pies are in a category all its own. Folks Pizza’s creations are sturdy wide-rim pies that keep all ingredients intact including a classic pepperoni or fennel sausage pizza, or one with guanciale, basil, fontina, provolone, pecorino romano, and olive oil with white sauce.

A pepperoni pizza on a dark wood table at Folks Pizzeria in Costa Mesa.
Folks Pizza.
Wonho Frank Lee

Petramale Pizza

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Every Friday, Steve Petramale sets up shop in the Venice Church parking lot where he makes very popular New York-style slices. This is pure old-school with toppings like sausage and peppers, margherita, and cheese. Call to place an order at (310) 619-7740 on Fridays after 1 p.m.

Little Dynamite

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Former Bootleg Pizzeria operator Kyle Lambert is a deep-dish Detroit-style pizza specialist. These square slices are plush, made with naturally fermented dough that features an ever-so-slight tangy flavor. Lambert and partner Courtney Glowacz operate from a small takeout-only Culver City slot with a rock-and-roll vibe that resembles the camaraderie part of the Bear’s first season. The $30-35 square pies are laden with cheese and personality and suit any mood. Slices are available during the day from noon to 3 p.m., with pies only from noon until 9 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday.

Hot Jimmy with roasted garlic, sausage, ricotta, and hot honey at Little Dynamite.
Hot Jimmy with roasted garlic, sausage, ricotta, and hot honey at Little Dynamite.
Farley Elliott

Roberta's

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Roberta’s wood-fired, slightly chewy, beautifully charred pizzas include classics that made the OG Brooklyn spot famous and are available in Culver City or Studio City. Try the bee sting with pepperoni and hot honey or the famous original with tomato, mozzarella, parmesan, caciocavallo, oregano, and chile. Always-rotating, super-fresh vegetable dishes, well-mixed cocktails, and puffed-up pizza dough masquerading as bread and served with creamy cultured butter make this more than the average pizza joint.

Wood-fired pizza with colorful toppings.
Blistered pizza from Roberta’s.
Brandon Harman

Pizzeria Bianco

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Pizzeria Bianco dishes out whole pies and daytime slices alike. Chef Chris Bianco has long split his time between LA and Phoenix, and he’s even growing his brand locally with Pane Bianco for slices and sandwiches nearby at the same Row DTLA complex. The main Pizzeria Bianco serves the chef’s famed wood-fired pizzas while Pane Bianco serves slices during the day.

Pizzas and starters like an antipasto plate and spiedini at Pizzeria Bianco at the Row.
Pizzeria Bianco.
Wonho Frank Lee

Danny Boy's Famous Original Pizza

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Danny Boy’s comes from one of NYC’s former Meatball Shop co-founders and is an homage to East Coast red-sauce roots. It’s in an unusual space, tucked away in an office building atrium, which is a lovely place to have takeout pizza. Recently the shop has become very popular on TikTok, leading to long lines during lunch hour.

Pizza, sandwiches, and more from Danny Boy’s Famous Original Pizza in Downtown LA.
Danny Boy’s Famous Original pizzas.
Jakob N. Layman

Pizzana

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Plenty has been said about chef Daniele Uditi’s neo-Neapolitan pies. Best to enter one of the locations in Brentwood, Marina del Rey, Sherman Oaks, West Hollywood, or Silver Lake to try for yourself. Start with the creamy cacio e pepe pizza or the diavola topped with spicy salami and nduja walnut romesco.

A whole pizza from Pizzana with burrata and squash blossoms.
Pizzana
Wonho Frank Lee

Pizzeria Sei

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William Joo trained at Providence and Ronan before opening his own Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizzeria in Pico-Robertson. Joo and wife Jennifer So operate this minimalist gem with a dedicated team serving a tight array of wood-fired pizzas boasting chewy, mochi-like crusts. Italian standards like margherita, marinara, and a caper-and-anchovy-topped Napoletana share menu space with more envelope-pushing pies like Joo’s Castelvetrano olive- and sopressata-topped Diavola and the prosciutto cotto-, egg-, and truffle-oil adorned Bismarck. Sei continues to garner attention for its understated excellence. — Matthew Kang, lead editor

A tomato and garlic-topped wood-fired pizza.
Marinara pizza from Pizzeria Sei.
Matthew Kang

Apollonia's Pizzeria

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It’s hard to think of a more photogenic pizza than the square Detroit-style pies from the unassuming Apollonia’s on Wilshire. These dense, expertly cheesy pizzas are filled with crunch, cheese, and plenty of sauce, to be sure, but the place’s crispy, thin, round pies are sure to impress.

Whole pizza sliced with cheese in a cardboard box.
Whole cheese pizza from Apollonia’s.
Matthew Kang

Thanks Pizza

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Thanks Pizza is some of LA’s unfussiest pizza, but it is pie-making at its best. The wood-fired dough comes as a cheeseburger or Hawaiian pizza, along with the simple pepperoni. Head to California Marketplace’s third floor in K-Town to place an order for a nine- or 12-inch pizza.

Quarter Sheets Pizza

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What started as a pandemic pop-up is now a successful brick-and-mortar pizza-and-cake restaurant in Echo Park. Aaron Lindell and Hannah Ziskin are a match made in pizza-cake heaven, he makes Detroit-style pizzas while Ziskin zeroes in on some of the best desserts in town, which are layered slab cakes, princess cakes, and thick slices of mud pie.

Pepperoni pizza at Quarter Sheets in Echo Park.
Quarter Sheets.
Mona Holmes

Prime Pizza

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Prime Pizza has become LA’s de facto slice joint. The place not only does simple thin round pies, but it also works square and Sicilian-style pizzas daily. Locations are open in Burbank, near Santa Monica College, Fairfax, West LA, El Segundo, and Altadena.

A square slice of pizza being pulled off from the corner.
Prime Pizza square slices.
Prime Pizza

Pijja Palace

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This sports bar-meets-Indian-pizza-parlor has quickly built a following for shareable pies. Choose a base sauce from makhini (made with tomatoes, spices, and cream), a peri-peri vindaloo (made with a roux and Kashmiri red chiles, and fortified with a rich vegetable stock), or white korma (sweet onions, yogurt, and spices). Toppings include homemade Goan sausage, roasted fresnos, and chicken tikka for a choose-your-own flavor adventure.

Pizza, pasta, and more from Pijja Palace in Silver Lake on a green tiled table.
Pijja Palace.
Wonho Frank Lee

Sotto veteran Daniel Cutler oversees this pizza and small plates restaurant with his wife and general manager Caitlin Cutler. With inventive pizzas boasting supple but charred crusts and levain bread with a wonderfully brown crust, Ronan is a haven for those who love carbohydrates. The dining room is deeply moody and perfect any night.

Secret Pizza

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During the pandemic, Sean Lango started Secret Pizza from his apartment. Secret Pizza sells out regularly and here’s why: the New Jersey-born operator bakes what he calls “East Coast-style” pizzas bearing simple toppings on quality dough. Pre-order to make sure one can secure a pie from this El Sereno spot.

Shins Pizza

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Shins Pizza is named after Shin Irvin, co-founder of the design firm Folklor. He grew up eating slices in Philadelphia and wanted to bring a similar setup to Los Angeles. Bestia and Barbuto chef Melissa López developed pies with sausage and mushroom, straight-up cheese, or pizza with Chinese sausage, speck, pepperoni, and sambal.

Thick round slices of mortadella on a blistered pizza atop a green milk crate at new restaurant Shins Pizza in Los Angeles.
Shins Pizza.
Paul Sun

Ozzy's Apizza

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This New Haven pizza specialist works out of the Glen Arden Club patio in Glendale. Expect blistered pies topped with all the familiar classics, including pepperoni, ricotta cream with sausage, and clams. Those in the know should pre-order online for darkly burnished, thin, delicious pies. With recent media coverage, the place has grown to three or four times the volume it normally produces, so be patient and order a few beers while waiting.

Pizza on an aluminum round tray.
Swanson pizza at Ozzy’s Apizza in Glendale with checkered paper.
Matthew Kang

Made In Italy Bistro

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The Conejo Valley has plenty of Italian eateries, and Made in Italy is among the best. In addition to several kinds of pasta, salads, and paninis, there are several options for pizza, including a classic margherita, prosciutto and arugula, four cheese, and sausage and mushroom. Just like all of Made in Italy’s pastas, its pizzas can be made gluten-free.

D-Town Pizzeria

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For a full-on Detroit pie experience, DTown Pizzeria is a must. Made by native Michigander Ryan Ososky, these hefty pies come with the sauce on top, the stretchy cheese, and all the crusty-cornered deliciousness one could want. The latest location serves out of Topanga Social in Woodland Hills.

Pepperoni pizza at Dtown Pizzeria in West Hollywood.
DTown Pizzeria.
DTown Pizzeria

Folks Pizza

Folks Pizza owner Joey Booterbaugh is a longtime student of dough fermentation. The stunning pies are in a category all its own. Folks Pizza’s creations are sturdy wide-rim pies that keep all ingredients intact including a classic pepperoni or fennel sausage pizza, or one with guanciale, basil, fontina, provolone, pecorino romano, and olive oil with white sauce.

A pepperoni pizza on a dark wood table at Folks Pizzeria in Costa Mesa.
Folks Pizza.
Wonho Frank Lee

Petramale Pizza

Every Friday, Steve Petramale sets up shop in the Venice Church parking lot where he makes very popular New York-style slices. This is pure old-school with toppings like sausage and peppers, margherita, and cheese. Call to place an order at (310) 619-7740 on Fridays after 1 p.m.

Little Dynamite

Former Bootleg Pizzeria operator Kyle Lambert is a deep-dish Detroit-style pizza specialist. These square slices are plush, made with naturally fermented dough that features an ever-so-slight tangy flavor. Lambert and partner Courtney Glowacz operate from a small takeout-only Culver City slot with a rock-and-roll vibe that resembles the camaraderie part of the Bear’s first season. The $30-35 square pies are laden with cheese and personality and suit any mood. Slices are available during the day from noon to 3 p.m., with pies only from noon until 9 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday.

Hot Jimmy with roasted garlic, sausage, ricotta, and hot honey at Little Dynamite.
Hot Jimmy with roasted garlic, sausage, ricotta, and hot honey at Little Dynamite.
Farley Elliott

Roberta's

Roberta’s wood-fired, slightly chewy, beautifully charred pizzas include classics that made the OG Brooklyn spot famous and are available in Culver City or Studio City. Try the bee sting with pepperoni and hot honey or the famous original with tomato, mozzarella, parmesan, caciocavallo, oregano, and chile. Always-rotating, super-fresh vegetable dishes, well-mixed cocktails, and puffed-up pizza dough masquerading as bread and served with creamy cultured butter make this more than the average pizza joint.

Wood-fired pizza with colorful toppings.
Blistered pizza from Roberta’s.
Brandon Harman

Pizzeria Bianco

Pizzeria Bianco dishes out whole pies and daytime slices alike. Chef Chris Bianco has long split his time between LA and Phoenix, and he’s even growing his brand locally with Pane Bianco for slices and sandwiches nearby at the same Row DTLA complex. The main Pizzeria Bianco serves the chef’s famed wood-fired pizzas while Pane Bianco serves slices during the day.

Pizzas and starters like an antipasto plate and spiedini at Pizzeria Bianco at the Row.
Pizzeria Bianco.
Wonho Frank Lee

Danny Boy's Famous Original Pizza

Danny Boy’s comes from one of NYC’s former Meatball Shop co-founders and is an homage to East Coast red-sauce roots. It’s in an unusual space, tucked away in an office building atrium, which is a lovely place to have takeout pizza. Recently the shop has become very popular on TikTok, leading to long lines during lunch hour.

Pizza, sandwiches, and more from Danny Boy’s Famous Original Pizza in Downtown LA.
Danny Boy’s Famous Original pizzas.
Jakob N. Layman

Pizzana

Plenty has been said about chef Daniele Uditi’s neo-Neapolitan pies. Best to enter one of the locations in Brentwood, Marina del Rey, Sherman Oaks, West Hollywood, or Silver Lake to try for yourself. Start with the creamy cacio e pepe pizza or the diavola topped with spicy salami and nduja walnut romesco.

A whole pizza from Pizzana with burrata and squash blossoms.
Pizzana
Wonho Frank Lee

Pizzeria Sei

William Joo trained at Providence and Ronan before opening his own Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizzeria in Pico-Robertson. Joo and wife Jennifer So operate this minimalist gem with a dedicated team serving a tight array of wood-fired pizzas boasting chewy, mochi-like crusts. Italian standards like margherita, marinara, and a caper-and-anchovy-topped Napoletana share menu space with more envelope-pushing pies like Joo’s Castelvetrano olive- and sopressata-topped Diavola and the prosciutto cotto-, egg-, and truffle-oil adorned Bismarck. Sei continues to garner attention for its understated excellence. — Matthew Kang, lead editor

A tomato and garlic-topped wood-fired pizza.
Marinara pizza from Pizzeria Sei.
Matthew Kang

Apollonia's Pizzeria

It’s hard to think of a more photogenic pizza than the square Detroit-style pies from the unassuming Apollonia’s on Wilshire. These dense, expertly cheesy pizzas are filled with crunch, cheese, and plenty of sauce, to be sure, but the place’s crispy, thin, round pies are sure to impress.

Whole pizza sliced with cheese in a cardboard box.
Whole cheese pizza from Apollonia’s.
Matthew Kang

Thanks Pizza

Thanks Pizza is some of LA’s unfussiest pizza, but it is pie-making at its best. The wood-fired dough comes as a cheeseburger or Hawaiian pizza, along with the simple pepperoni. Head to California Marketplace’s third floor in K-Town to place an order for a nine- or 12-inch pizza.

Quarter Sheets Pizza

What started as a pandemic pop-up is now a successful brick-and-mortar pizza-and-cake restaurant in Echo Park. Aaron Lindell and Hannah Ziskin are a match made in pizza-cake heaven, he makes Detroit-style pizzas while Ziskin zeroes in on some of the best desserts in town, which are layered slab cakes, princess cakes, and thick slices of mud pie.

Pepperoni pizza at Quarter Sheets in Echo Park.
Quarter Sheets.
Mona Holmes

Prime Pizza

Prime Pizza has become LA’s de facto slice joint. The place not only does simple thin round pies, but it also works square and Sicilian-style pizzas daily. Locations are open in Burbank, near Santa Monica College, Fairfax, West LA, El Segundo, and Altadena.

A square slice of pizza being pulled off from the corner.
Prime Pizza square slices.
Prime Pizza

Pijja Palace

This sports bar-meets-Indian-pizza-parlor has quickly built a following for shareable pies. Choose a base sauce from makhini (made with tomatoes, spices, and cream), a peri-peri vindaloo (made with a roux and Kashmiri red chiles, and fortified with a rich vegetable stock), or white korma (sweet onions, yogurt, and spices). Toppings include homemade Goan sausage, roasted fresnos, and chicken tikka for a choose-your-own flavor adventure.

Pizza, pasta, and more from Pijja Palace in Silver Lake on a green tiled table.
Pijja Palace.
Wonho Frank Lee

Ronan

Sotto veteran Daniel Cutler oversees this pizza and small plates restaurant with his wife and general manager Caitlin Cutler. With inventive pizzas boasting supple but charred crusts and levain bread with a wonderfully brown crust, Ronan is a haven for those who love carbohydrates. The dining room is deeply moody and perfect any night.

Secret Pizza

During the pandemic, Sean Lango started Secret Pizza from his apartment. Secret Pizza sells out regularly and here’s why: the New Jersey-born operator bakes what he calls “East Coast-style” pizzas bearing simple toppings on quality dough. Pre-order to make sure one can secure a pie from this El Sereno spot.

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Shins Pizza

Shins Pizza is named after Shin Irvin, co-founder of the design firm Folklor. He grew up eating slices in Philadelphia and wanted to bring a similar setup to Los Angeles. Bestia and Barbuto chef Melissa López developed pies with sausage and mushroom, straight-up cheese, or pizza with Chinese sausage, speck, pepperoni, and sambal.

Thick round slices of mortadella on a blistered pizza atop a green milk crate at new restaurant Shins Pizza in Los Angeles.
Shins Pizza.
Paul Sun

Ozzy's Apizza

This New Haven pizza specialist works out of the Glen Arden Club patio in Glendale. Expect blistered pies topped with all the familiar classics, including pepperoni, ricotta cream with sausage, and clams. Those in the know should pre-order online for darkly burnished, thin, delicious pies. With recent media coverage, the place has grown to three or four times the volume it normally produces, so be patient and order a few beers while waiting.

Pizza on an aluminum round tray.
Swanson pizza at Ozzy’s Apizza in Glendale with checkered paper.
Matthew Kang

Made In Italy Bistro

The Conejo Valley has plenty of Italian eateries, and Made in Italy is among the best. In addition to several kinds of pasta, salads, and paninis, there are several options for pizza, including a classic margherita, prosciutto and arugula, four cheese, and sausage and mushroom. Just like all of Made in Italy’s pastas, its pizzas can be made gluten-free.

D-Town Pizzeria

For a full-on Detroit pie experience, DTown Pizzeria is a must. Made by native Michigander Ryan Ososky, these hefty pies come with the sauce on top, the stretchy cheese, and all the crusty-cornered deliciousness one could want. The latest location serves out of Topanga Social in Woodland Hills.

Pepperoni pizza at Dtown Pizzeria in West Hollywood.
DTown Pizzeria.
DTown Pizzeria

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