We have five words for you: Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali. Both chefs are the owners of Pizzeria Mozza, a favorite of pizza enthusiasts and celebrities worldwide. In particular, the crusts at Pizzeria Mozza are things of wonder. Our recommendation is to 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.
641 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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. As promised, you WILL be singing 'That's amore!' after a meal here.
9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
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. Trust us, you'll be pizza-watching just as much as you'll be people watching.
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
4 Mulberry Street Pizzeria
If you rue the fact that Southern California has all the benefits of New York City minus its famous pizza, rue no more. Mulberry Street (named after the SoHo-located street in NYC) is the real deal. The Beverly Hills location has been in operation for over 20 years thanks to perfect pizza pies like the Chicken Parmesan Pizza, Pesto Sundried Tomato Pizza and the fan favorite Mulberry Street New York Pizza. There's even something for vegetarians and dieters here in the form of the Vegetarian Pizza, which gives you all the flavor, minus the cheese.
347 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
5 Stella Barra Pizzeria
For an extensive "bespoke" pizza experience in a cool setting, look no further than Stella Barra Pizzeria in Santa Monica. The pizza-makers at Stella make their dough by hand using locally milled flour, filtered water, sea salt and fresh yeast that creates a crisp crust with a chewy center and a unique artisanal flavor. There are reds, there are whites (and make no mistake, we're talking about pizza here, not wine) as well as thins. Our favorites are the Bloomsdale Spinach -- crispy purple kale, young pecorino, roasted garlic cracked black pepperoni and extra virgin olive oil -- and the Shaved Mushroom -- gruyere, melted onions, black truffle, torn parsley, rosemary and thyme.