LA's 10 Hottest New Pizza Joints

By Lesley Balla  |  December 2, 2014
Credit: DeSano/Marie Buck

No matter how you slice it, great pizza is on the rise in the greater Los Angeles area. From the suburbs of Pasadena to the beaches of Santa Monica, you’ll find new slice shops, Neapolitan wood-burning ovens and gourmet pizza parlors. Here’s the 10 hottest debuts from the last year.

  • All’Acqua

    It’s amazing that Atwater Village didn’t have a quality artisanal pizza shop until now. From the owners of Barbrix and Cooks County, with chef Don Dickman at the helm, wood-charred pies with toppings like scamorza, pork sausage and fennel pollen, and Brussels sprouts, mozzarella, smoked pancetta and Pecorino Romano, round out the full Italian menu.

    Insider Tip: There are two bars where you can sit, including one right in front of the wood-burning oven.

  • Prime Pizza

    For anyone missing Damiano’s on Fairfax, the guys behind the number-on burger spot The Golden State opened a small white-tiled, by-the-slice pizza joint on the block. Well, it’s not just by the slice, both from round and square pies. You can get whole pies, garlic knots and chopped salads too.

    Insider Tip: There’s now delivery for the lucky hungry people within the zone between La Cienega Boulevard and La Brea Avenue and Sunset and Wilshire Boulevards.

  • Prufrock Pizzeria

    This new pizza joint and adjacent Lovesong Bar opened at the Regent Theater, making it a good stop for pre- and post-show eats and drinks. The pizzas are cooked in a 900-degree wood-fired oven with toppings that range from traditional margherita to frisée and poached egg. There’s even a cauliflower crust for those that demand gluten-free.

    Insider Tip: This is one-stop-shopping for before or after any show at the theater. 

  • Pellicola

    Cedd Moses of 213 Ventures opened Pellicola Pizzeria next door to the Golden Gopher, making it a handy stop for barhopping. Chef consultant Giulio Adriana, from New York's Forcella pizza restaurants, created pizza dough that's as much Naples as it is New York, meaning bubbly on the ridges but also thin and crisp. Toppings range from the basics to local housemade mozzarella, pesto and sauces. And then there's the Nutella pie, made from dough puffed up in the oven, then split in half, filled with the hazelnut-chocolate spread, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

    Insider Tip: Late nights are the highlight: the pizzeria opens daily from 5 PM to 3 AM.

  • Olio Pizzeria GCM

    Brad Kent had a built brick oven built specifically for the Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, where he serves some of the most under-the-radar yet best-tasting pizzas in the city. There's a method to his madness, and it includes exacting dough specifications, the kind of wood that gets burned in the oven and the correct proportion of toppings. Pies run the gamut from margherita to a meatball Parmesan pizza; wild mushroom and prosciutto; and Hawaiian. There are also salad-topped fresh focaccias, side salads and more.

    Insider Tip: Make getting pizza easier and order ahead online.

  • Wood Handcrafted Pizza

    Don't let the Tom's Burgers sign fool you. The sleek spot on the corner of Sunset and Silver Lake Boulevard is pure pizzeria. Neapolitan pies from the wood-burning oven are just as they should be and a nice addition to Silver Lake, which really doesn’t have much in the way of artisanal pizza.

    Insider Tip: There’s a little free parking lot behind the building, a true bonus for the tight parking situation in the neighborhood.

  • DeSano Pizzeria Kitchen

    Set in a cavernous space in East Hollywood, DeSano doesn’t just have one wood-burning oven — it has four, all named after saints, which is fitting since it's right across the street from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Order a pie in front, find a seat at one of the picnic tables, watch soccer on TV and chow down. Make sure to get cannoli for dessert.

    Insider Tip: Get 50% off bottles of house red and white wines on Wednesday nights from 5 PM until closing.

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    Town Pizza

    This is a straightforward pie shop for Highland Park, with classic thin-crust red sauce and cheese pizzas by the slice or whole pie. That is, until you get to local and organic ingredients, or the clever combinations like mole, fontina cheese, roast pork, sweet corn and cotija cheese, or prosciutto, fig and fried sage. Town, bringing together the old and new neighbors with every slice.

    Insider Tip: The delivery zone goes beyond the Highland Park border as far north as Eagle Rock.

  • 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza

    Chef Anthony Carron’s pizzeria is expanding across the Southland and even into Las Vegas. Now open in Santa Monica, Old Town Pasadena and LAX, with locations for Downtown LA and Playa Vista on the way, there’s more quick-fired pies for the masses. Tell the pizza makers what you want as you walk along the counter, and within minutes the pie is yours.

    Insider Tip: Watch the social media channels for the pie of the day. It’s usually 50% off that day at all locations.

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    Pizza of Venice

    Hidden way up in Altadena, tucked in the corner of a nondescript strip mall, this is one of the more unique and delicious pies in the LA area. You’ll find hand-tossed pies topped with simple ingredients, usually things chefs Jamie Woolner and Sean St. John pick up at the farmer's market. Combinations might be things like fresh tomato sauce topped with braised lamb and mozzarella then finished with diced cucumber, tomatoes, red onion slivers and a green-tinted tzatziki, like a gyro-pizza mash-up.

    Insider Tip: No beer and wine license here, but there is a liquor store next door. Bring your own beer and wine to go along with the pies.