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Thick Crust Pizza at Luchini’s
Wonho Frank Lee

Where to Get Thick Crust Pizza in Los Angeles

For lovers of deep-dish, Sicilian, and Detroit-style pies

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Thick Crust Pizza at Luchini’s
| Wonho Frank Lee

Los Angeles is an anomalous pizza town, having come to the game late by American standards. This is the city that birthed the Mozza-style California pizza tradition, and Wolfgang Puck's own signature salmon iteration — to say nothing of the odd shapes and flavors found everywhere from Koreatown to Pizza of Venice in ... Altadena? Luckily there's room for all of it, as Angelenos continue to scarf down slices and whole pizzas with ever-increasing frequency.

One of the most interesting sub-sets of LA pizza is the thick crust style, which encompasses big Sicilian square slices, Detroit-style goodness, the venerated grandma pie, and the still somewhat hard-to-find Chicago-style deep dish. All are unique in their own way, but share enough commonality to never be confused for Neapolitan pizza, or even the doughier, puffier stuff being cooked up at places like Cosa Buona in Echo Park. This is thick crust, hearty-eating kind of pizza, and it's on the rise across Los Angeles.

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Rance's Chicago Pizza

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Yes, there’s a solid 45 minute wait for pizza to finally hit each table, but after taking a fork and knife to owner Rance Ruiz’s ode to Chicago-style pizza, no one is complaining. With a buttery, almost shortbread-like crust and a bubbling mass of oozing cheese, it’s clear that Rance’s is the culmination of an obsession, perfected.

Hollywood Pies

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Hollywood Pies is the standard-bearer for deep dish in Los Angeles, having been cooking the Midwestern style for years — first as a sneaky takeaway option on La Cienega and later from inside their home on Pico Boulevard. The pies still hold up after all these years too, even as competition has crept in from around the city.

Dough Box Pizza & Bread

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Upstart Eastside option Doughbox is making all the right moves, jumping from its own takeaway-only space to a storefront in El Sereno. There the team turns out big, cheesy deep dish pies alongside slices, sodas, and more.

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

Masa of Echo Park Bakery & Cafe

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Cubs fans in town for a Dodgers game flock to Masa of Echo Park for the restaurant’s signature deep dish cornmeal-crusted pizza. It’s a tableside behemoth that takes forever to cook, but the wait is definitely worth it.

Tomato Pie Pizza Joint

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With a popular delivery service and locations in South Pasadena, Silver Lake, and Melrose, Tomato Pie’s Sicilian deep-dish squares are available throughout most of the city.

Tomato Pie Pizza Joint

Village Pizzeria

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It’s all about New York-style slices at Larchmont staple Village Pizzeria, the work of a Brooklyn native aiming to share his love of Sicilian, thick-crust pies that come with a healthy variety of toppings.

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Barone's

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Legendary slice spot Barone’s has long reigned supreme in the Valley as one of the only places doing big, hearty square slices. There’s a reason the 70-year-old restaurant still keeps the slogan “We don’t cut corners.”

Prime Pizza

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Order by the slice or full pie at Prime Pizza, the Fairfax operator that will soon open a second location in Little Tokyo. The pizza spot by the Golden State team offers gut-busting toppings like the smoked chicken, thick-cut bacon, and ranch option.

Yolk & Flour

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The Heirloom LA catering team finally opened up a brick and mortar, making their seasonal specials and Detroit-style pizza available to the masses. Watch out for limited hours that run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays only.

Padrino's Pizza

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Padrino’s Pizza in Sherman Oaks may well be the best kept secret in Detroit-style pizza. The shop does big, crusty pies where the cheese catches and crisps on the edges, just as it always should.

Gracie's Pizza

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Relative Melrose newcomer Gracie’s does a bit of everything. The shop turns out traditional slices all day long but also offers both a hearty grandma slice and a Sicilian option for those looking to switch things up.

Luchini Pizzeria & Bar

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This Hollywood newcomer had early help from Alvin Cailan, but has since changed up the menu considerably. There’s a new collection of Sicilian-style pies on offer, most popular among them being the pepperoni with its deep, perfectly oily cups.

Luchini’s Wonho Frank Lee

The Smile's Di Alba

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NYC expat Di Alba works a more focaccia-focused side of the thick crust pizza debate, but there can be no denying the delicious finished result — particularly for the Amalfi, which comes topped with San Marzano tomato sauce, basil, and burrata.

Meghan McCarron

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Rance's Chicago Pizza

Yes, there’s a solid 45 minute wait for pizza to finally hit each table, but after taking a fork and knife to owner Rance Ruiz’s ode to Chicago-style pizza, no one is complaining. With a buttery, almost shortbread-like crust and a bubbling mass of oozing cheese, it’s clear that Rance’s is the culmination of an obsession, perfected.

Hollywood Pies

Hollywood Pies is the standard-bearer for deep dish in Los Angeles, having been cooking the Midwestern style for years — first as a sneaky takeaway option on La Cienega and later from inside their home on Pico Boulevard. The pies still hold up after all these years too, even as competition has crept in from around the city.

Dough Box Pizza & Bread

Upstart Eastside option Doughbox is making all the right moves, jumping from its own takeaway-only space to a storefront in El Sereno. There the team turns out big, cheesy deep dish pies alongside slices, sodas, and more.

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

Masa of Echo Park Bakery & Cafe

Cubs fans in town for a Dodgers game flock to Masa of Echo Park for the restaurant’s signature deep dish cornmeal-crusted pizza. It’s a tableside behemoth that takes forever to cook, but the wait is definitely worth it.

Tomato Pie Pizza Joint

With a popular delivery service and locations in South Pasadena, Silver Lake, and Melrose, Tomato Pie’s Sicilian deep-dish squares are available throughout most of the city.

Tomato Pie Pizza Joint

Village Pizzeria

It’s all about New York-style slices at Larchmont staple Village Pizzeria, the work of a Brooklyn native aiming to share his love of Sicilian, thick-crust pies that come with a healthy variety of toppings.

The colorful neon interior of an old school pizza place in Los Angeles, CA.

Barone's

Legendary slice spot Barone’s has long reigned supreme in the Valley as one of the only places doing big, hearty square slices. There’s a reason the 70-year-old restaurant still keeps the slogan “We don’t cut corners.”

Prime Pizza

Order by the slice or full pie at Prime Pizza, the Fairfax operator that will soon open a second location in Little Tokyo. The pizza spot by the Golden State team offers gut-busting toppings like the smoked chicken, thick-cut bacon, and ranch option.

Yolk & Flour

The Heirloom LA catering team finally opened up a brick and mortar, making their seasonal specials and Detroit-style pizza available to the masses. Watch out for limited hours that run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays only.

Padrino's Pizza

Padrino’s Pizza in Sherman Oaks may well be the best kept secret in Detroit-style pizza. The shop does big, crusty pies where the cheese catches and crisps on the edges, just as it always should.

Gracie's Pizza

Relative Melrose newcomer Gracie’s does a bit of everything. The shop turns out traditional slices all day long but also offers both a hearty grandma slice and a Sicilian option for those looking to switch things up.

Luchini Pizzeria & Bar

This Hollywood newcomer had early help from Alvin Cailan, but has since changed up the menu considerably. There’s a new collection of Sicilian-style pies on offer, most popular among them being the pepperoni with its deep, perfectly oily cups.

Luchini’s Wonho Frank Lee

The Smile's Di Alba

NYC expat Di Alba works a more focaccia-focused side of the thick crust pizza debate, but there can be no denying the delicious finished result — particularly for the Amalfi, which comes topped with San Marzano tomato sauce, basil, and burrata.

Meghan McCarron

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