Here are our top five picks for the haute pizzas that will have you sighing ‘That’s amore!’ in Los Angeles.
The patrons alone don't have the monopoly on beauty at Abbot Kinney mainstay Gjelina: its pizza is just as visually stunning. Chef Travis Lett creates his artisanal pizzas to not only taste amazing, but look aesthetically pleasing as well. curb along Abbot Kinney. Try confections like shaved asparagus, sottocenere, garlic, shallot, Parmesan and sunny egg as well as pies of duck sausage, Nameko mushroom, garlic and mozzarella. You'll be pizza-watching just as much as you'll be people watching, trust us.
2 Pizzeria Mozza
We have four words for you: Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali. Both chefs are the owners of Pizzeria Mozza, a favorite of pizza enthusiasts worldwide. The crust is a thing of wonder. Try it in the form of the Pizette, a pie of Ipswich clams, garlic, oregano, pecorino & parmigiano or order up the peck, bufala mozzarella, olive tapenade & oregano.
Sotto has won several accolades for its Southern Italian fare, which should tell you something about how good its pizzas are. Chefs Zach Pollack and Steve Samson use a specialty imported Stefano Ferrara oven to create their pies of house-cured pork cheek, ricotta, scallions, fennel pollen and tomato, Calabrian chilies, 'nduja, pecorino, kale, onion. You WILL be singing 'That's amore!' after a meal here.
Wolfgang Puck's recently renovated Beverly Hills mainstay, Spago, also sports a new pizza menu of note. Check out the pie of house-cured smoked salmon, dill and crème fraiche or one made using Louisiana shrimp, garlic, parsley and goat cheese. Unfortunately, the pizzas are only available at lunchtime, so make sure to get your pizza fix midday.
For some stellar pizza in an upscale setting, head over to Culina at the Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills. There you'll find a sophisticated setting to get your fix. Try the Funghi, a mix of san marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, unghi trifolati, pancetta, thyme and egg yolk as well as the Prosciutto e Buratta, which features prosciutto san daniele, burrata. heirloom tomato, arugula and rosemary oil on a lwhole wheat crust at this robust California-Italian eatery.