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Pepperoni pizza at U Street Pizza in Pasadena
Wonho Frank Lee

18 Essential Los Angeles Pizzerias

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Pepperoni pizza at U Street Pizza in Pasadena
| Wonho Frank Lee

Los Angeles’s world-class pizza scene didn’t happen overnight. The city’s steady climb began with traditional red sauce joints opened by Italian immigrants, ultimately making way for the uniquely California creations of the ‘80s like the smoked salmon pizza at Spago and everything on the menu at CPK. More recent trends take the best of Neapolitan traditions and combine it with LA’s culinary sensibilities and pristine produce, though during quarantine it’s been all about the pan pizzas and deep dish comforts. Here now are 18 essential pizzeria spots around Los Angeles.

Removed: Gino’s East, LBK, Pizzeria Mozza, Dough Daddy, Roberta’s, Eatalian, Michael’s on Naples, Aloha Pizza Co.

Added: Lodge Bread, Ospi, U Street, DTown

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Pitfire Pizza

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5211 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 980-2949
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Pitfire Pizza helped to pave the way for LA’s current wood-fired fast casual trend. The company has slowed its expansion over the years but still holds a commanding presence across Southern California, including at the North Hollywood flagship location, complete with large outdoor patio.

A light pink table full of Italian food like pizzas and pasta.
Pitfire Pizza
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2. U Street Pizza

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33 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 605-0340
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Chef Christopher Keyser and the Union team have crafted another red sauce hit in Pasadena, though this one relies on pizza instead of pasta. For big, blistered-edged pies (with some cheese shaved around the rim for good measure) done by the city’s best culinary team, U Street is it.

A crispy New York-style pizza with peppers and basil on top.
U Street’s peppers and basil pizza
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3. The Luggage Room Pizzeria

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260 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 356-4440
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Pizza fans in Pasadena love the Luggage Room, the casual spot just off the city’s Central Park known for its deeply burnished crusts and inventive flavors.

4. Casa Bianca Pizza Pie

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1650 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041
(323) 256-9617
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The Martorana family has been serving Eagle Rock denizens since 1955. The fried eggplant and sausage pizza is the one to beat at this red-checkered tablecloth establishment, even if it’s only available for takeout right now.

5. Hail Mary Pizza

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3219 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 284-8879
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Chef David Wilcox is turning out what may be LA’s best pizzas right now, all while keeping his customer base informed on safety protocols, larger restaurant issues, and the future of his own place via Instagram. The honest approach has been working, with fans flocking to the place so often they’ve actually expanded hours during this difficult time.

6. Tomato Pie Pizza Joint

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1130 Mission St
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 399-0459
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Tomato Pie fans love to gush about the delivery specialist’s homey appeal. The place feels like every delivery pizza option from every hometown in America, but done with a NY slice sensibility, higher quality ingredients, and a few flavor twists like putting Syracuse-style hot wing sauce on top.

7. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

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1534 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 366-2408
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There are plenty of places that claim to serve Neapolitan pizza in Los Angeles, but few have the pedigree of Italian import L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. Preparation starts with a high-protein flour and a double-fermentation process. The dough can only be touched three times after toppings are added, then placed in the handmade clay wood-fired oven.

A freshly baked pizza resting on a table with mozzarella cheese, red sauce, and fresh basil leaves.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Wonho Frank Lee

8. DTown Pizzeria

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7326 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 229-2235
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Made by actual former Michigander and longtime executive chef about town Ryan Ososky, this Detroit-style spot has not only held on during the pandemic, it has grown to become perhaps the best version of the now-saturated genre anywhere in LA. Stop by the shared space at Phorage in West Hollywood for a crispy-edged, extra-cheesy pie.

Pepperoni pizza at Dtown Pizzeria in West Hollywood.
Pepperoni Pizza at DTown in West Hollywood
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9. Ronan

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7315 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 917-5100
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Sotto veteran Daniel Cutler oversees this pizza and small plates restaurant with 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.

Sweet cheeks pizza with guanciale, ricotta forte, and cacio e pepe honey
Ronan
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10. Prime Pizza

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446 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 852-1188
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Prime Pizza has become LA’s de facto slice joint. The place not only does simple thin round pies, it also works square and Sicilian style pizzas daily, and with a location now open in Burbank, their reach is bigger than ever.

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Prime Pizza
Prime Pizza

11. Dough Box Los Angeles

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2734 N Eastern Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 346-6811
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Eastsiders love El Sereno’s Dough Box, a deep dish specialist that has become woven into the fabric of the neighborhood. Stop through for big, thick, cheesy slices and lots of local love.

A cheesy slice of deep dish pizza being pulled out of the box at Dough Box in Los Angeles.
Dough Box
Dough Box

12. Cosa Buona

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2100 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 908-5211
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The wood-fired pizzas at chef Zach Pollack’s Cosa Buona live up to the hype — charred black crusts that give way to toppings ranging from classic margherita to Hawaiian. With its puffy, blistered ring and casual demeanor, some find these everyday pizzas to be a better approximation of traditional delivery-style pies.

A Hawaiian-style pizza with pineapples, Canadian bacon, fresh jalapenos, and smoked mozzarella.
Cosa Buona
Wonho Frank Lee

13. Apollonia's Pizzeria

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5176 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-2823
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It’s hard to think of a more photogenic pizza than the square Detroit-style pies from Apollonia’s on Wilshire. These dense, expertly cheesy pizzas are filled with crunch, cheese, and plenty of sauce.

14. Pizzana

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11712 San Vincente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 481-7108
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The late Jonathan Gold made some hefty claims about Pizzana, comparing chef Daniele Uditi's neo-Neapolitan pies to the best in the world. Given the restaurant's naturally fermented dough and wood-fired oven, it’d be difficult to argue otherwise.

15. Superfine Pizza

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1101 San Pedro St unit f
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(323) 698-5677
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Steve and Dina Samson opened one of the city’s best thin-crust pizzas next to their Fashion District restaurant Rossoblu. Using a high temperature electric deck oven, Samson uses three-day old dough that boasts a pliant structure that takes on everything from classic pepperoni to a mixed vegetable pie with escarole, red onion, smoked olives, and mozzarella. Grab a slice at the window (or a whole pie), and consider a seat in the large outdoor dining area.

Chef Steve Samson builds a thin crust pizza at Superfine Pizza
Superfine Pizza
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16. Full Proof Pizza at Lodge Bread

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11918 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(424) 384-5097
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Lodge Bread still does new school Neapolitan pies during the day, but now the team has added naturally fermented New York City-style pizzas at night. From Wednesday to Sunday in the evenings, the large 18 inch pizzas come with potato and leek, classic pepperoni, and wild mushrooms.

17. Ospi

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2025 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 443-5007
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Jackson Kalb’s approachable Italian restaurant in Venice has fantastic California plates and housemade pasta, but the pizza is a sleeper pick. Kalb has a bit of irreverent take on pizza, with thin pies that pack on nduja and scallions or pepperoni, jalapeno, pineapple, and fresno chile.

18. Little Coyote

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2118 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814
(562) 434-2009
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Long Beach’s pizza destination is this ode to the New York-style from Jonathan Strader and Jack Leahy with wide, puffy pies topped generously with sauce and cheese. Toppings range pepperoni cups and mozzarella to a garlicky white pie with spinach, ricotta, and Calabrian chili.

A stack of white boxes of pizza with olives on the topmost pie.
Little Coyote
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1. Pitfire Pizza

5211 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
A light pink table full of Italian food like pizzas and pasta.
Pitfire Pizza
Wonho Frank Lee

Pitfire Pizza helped to pave the way for LA’s current wood-fired fast casual trend. The company has slowed its expansion over the years but still holds a commanding presence across Southern California, including at the North Hollywood flagship location, complete with large outdoor patio.

5211 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601

2. U Street Pizza

33 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103
A crispy New York-style pizza with peppers and basil on top.
U Street’s peppers and basil pizza
Wonho Frank Lee

Chef Christopher Keyser and the Union team have crafted another red sauce hit in Pasadena, though this one relies on pizza instead of pasta. For big, blistered-edged pies (with some cheese shaved around the rim for good measure) done by the city’s best culinary team, U Street is it.

33 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103

3. The Luggage Room Pizzeria

260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

Pizza fans in Pasadena love the Luggage Room, the casual spot just off the city’s Central Park known for its deeply burnished crusts and inventive flavors.

260 S Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

4. Casa Bianca Pizza Pie

1650 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041

The Martorana family has been serving Eagle Rock denizens since 1955. The fried eggplant and sausage pizza is the one to beat at this red-checkered tablecloth establishment, even if it’s only available for takeout right now.

1650 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

5. Hail Mary Pizza

3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Chef David Wilcox is turning out what may be LA’s best pizzas right now, all while keeping his customer base informed on safety protocols, larger restaurant issues, and the future of his own place via Instagram. The honest approach has been working, with fans flocking to the place so often they’ve actually expanded hours during this difficult time.

3219 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

6. Tomato Pie Pizza Joint

1130 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Tomato Pie fans love to gush about the delivery specialist’s homey appeal. The place feels like every delivery pizza option from every hometown in America, but done with a NY slice sensibility, higher quality ingredients, and a few flavor twists like putting Syracuse-style hot wing sauce on top.

1130 Mission St
South Pasadena, CA 91030

7. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A freshly baked pizza resting on a table with mozzarella cheese, red sauce, and fresh basil leaves.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Wonho Frank Lee

There are plenty of places that claim to serve Neapolitan pizza in Los Angeles, but few have the pedigree of Italian import L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele. Preparation starts with a high-protein flour and a double-fermentation process. The dough can only be touched three times after toppings are added, then placed in the handmade clay wood-fired oven.

1534 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028

8. DTown Pizzeria

7326 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Pepperoni pizza at Dtown Pizzeria in West Hollywood.
Pepperoni Pizza at DTown in West Hollywood
[Official Photo]

Made by actual former Michigander and longtime executive chef about town Ryan Ososky, this Detroit-style spot has not only held on during the pandemic, it has grown to become perhaps the best version of the now-saturated genre anywhere in LA. Stop by the shared space at Phorage in West Hollywood for a crispy-edged, extra-cheesy pie.

7326 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

9. Ronan

7315 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Sweet cheeks pizza with guanciale, ricotta forte, and cacio e pepe honey
Ronan
Frank Wonho Lee

Sotto veteran Daniel Cutler oversees this pizza and small plates restaurant with 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.

7315 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

10. Prime Pizza

446 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
A square slice of pizza being pulled off from the corner.
Prime Pizza
Prime Pizza

Prime Pizza has become LA’s de facto slice joint. The place not only does simple thin round pies, it also works square and Sicilian style pizzas daily, and with a location now open in Burbank, their reach is bigger than ever.

446 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

11. Dough Box Los Angeles

2734 N Eastern Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032
A cheesy slice of deep dish pizza being pulled out of the box at Dough Box in Los Angeles.
Dough Box
Dough Box

Eastsiders love El Sereno’s Dough Box, a deep dish specialist that has become woven into the fabric of the neighborhood. Stop through for big, thick, cheesy slices and lots of local love.

2734 N Eastern Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90032

12. Cosa Buona

2100 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
A Hawaiian-style pizza with pineapples, Canadian bacon, fresh jalapenos, and smoked mozzarella.
Cosa Buona
Wonho Frank Lee

The wood-fired pizzas at chef Zach Pollack’s Cosa Buona live up to the hype — charred black crusts that give way to toppings ranging from classic margherita to Hawaiian. With its puffy, blistered ring and casual demeanor, some find these everyday pizzas to be a better approximation of traditional delivery-style pies.

2100 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

13. Apollonia's Pizzeria

5176 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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

5176 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

14. Pizzana

11712 San Vincente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The late Jonathan Gold made some hefty claims about Pizzana, comparing chef Daniele Uditi's neo-Neapolitan pies to the best in the world. Given the restaurant's naturally fermented dough and wood-fired oven, it’d be difficult to argue otherwise.

11712 San Vincente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

15. Superfine Pizza

1101 San Pedro St unit f, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Chef Steve Samson builds a thin crust pizza at Superfine Pizza
Superfine Pizza
Superfine [Official photo]

Steve and Dina Samson opened one of the city’s best thin-crust pizzas next to their Fashion District restaurant Rossoblu. Using a high temperature electric deck oven, Samson uses three-day old dough that boasts a pliant structure that takes on everything from classic pepperoni to a mixed vegetable pie with escarole, red onion, smoked olives, and mozzarella. Grab a slice at the window (or a whole pie), and consider a seat in the large outdoor dining area.

1101 San Pedro St unit f
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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16. Full Proof Pizza at Lodge Bread

11918 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Lodge Bread still does new school Neapolitan pies during the day, but now the team has added naturally fermented New York City-style pizzas at night. From Wednesday to Sunday in the evenings, the large 18 inch pizzas come with potato and leek, classic pepperoni, and wild mushrooms.

11918 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

17. Ospi

2025 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Jackson Kalb’s approachable Italian restaurant in Venice has fantastic California plates and housemade pasta, but the pizza is a sleeper pick. Kalb has a bit of irreverent take on pizza, with thin pies that pack on nduja and scallions or pepperoni, jalapeno, pineapple, and fresno chile.

2025 Pacific Ave
Venice, CA 90291

18. Little Coyote

2118 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814
A stack of white boxes of pizza with olives on the topmost pie.
Little Coyote
Matthew Kang

Long Beach’s pizza destination is this ode to the New York-style from Jonathan Strader and Jack Leahy with wide, puffy pies topped generously with sauce and cheese. Toppings range pepperoni cups and mozzarella to a garlicky white pie with spinach, ricotta, and Calabrian chili.

2118 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814

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