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Best Pizza In Los Angeles

May 9, 2011 11:59 PM

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Just the word “pizza” evokes a joyful response from most. Delicious discs of hot, cheesy goodness melting into warm, chewy dough, what’s not to love?! Finding the best pizza throughout Los Angeles was no small task. Besides the vast number of pizza joints recommended to me — pizzas seem to be getting bigger and bigger along with my waistline — topping out at 21 inches at Tomato Pie. Following are some of the best pies in town, from deep-dish Chicago-style, wood-fired and gourmet to my personal favorite, NY thin crust. Dig in and enjoy. – Liz Laing

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La Rocco’s Pizzeria

3819 Main St.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 837-8345
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In my opinion, La Rocco’s has the number one pizza in LA, especially if you like NY-style. The crust is thin and perfectly crisp and the dough has a wonderful taste. The Whitestone is the best white pie I’ve ever had – sweet, creamy ricotta and garlic is a combo made in heaven. You can’t beat the daily special of two slices and a drink for only $6.95.

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Vito’s Pizza

846 N. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 652-6859
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This is one place that was recommended to me more than any other and it’s easy to see why. Located in a strip mall on La Cienega Blvd., you’d never know what an amazing find this is until you wander in and see Vito himself. He gets up every morning at 4am to start making pizza dough — what dedication! Great toppings are found on this NY-style thin crust. Try the Pesto White pie or the Veggie Pie pictured here, and the service is fantastic.

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Zelo Pizzeria

328 East Foothill Blvd.
Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 358-8298 ‎
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No doubt about it, the pizza at Zelo is unique. They start with a thick, deep-dish cornmeal crust and after adding some creative, gourmet toppings like and the result is outstanding. The number one seller is the Corn Pizza with smoked mozzarella, corn, balsamic marinated roasted red onions, and chives, followed by the Potato and Pancetta pie.

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Tomato Pie

2457 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-6474
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These guys go above and beyond to get an authentic NY-style tasting pizza, baking their pies in a barrio style gas oven and investing in their own water filter system to make super soft and clean water. The results is a nice fluffy dough with a crispy bottom. Tomato Pie’s number one, award-winning pizza is the Grand Ma (crushed, marinated tomatoes over an olive oil base, fresh garlic, basil, oregano, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses). It’s got great retro atmosphere with East-coast inspired dishes.

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Mulberry Street Pizzeria

240 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 247-8100
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Autographed head shots adorn the walls of Mulberry Street Pizzeria — owner is actress Cathy Moriarty — but the true attention goes to these outstanding NY-style pizzas. This neighborhood pizza joint has become somewhat of a landmark pizzeria since 1991, known for their friendly service and huge, scrumptious pies. Among the most popular are the Lasagna Pizza (ricotta, tomato sauce and crumbled sausage) and the Spinach White (ricotta, fresh spinach and garlic).

Pitfire Pizza

12924 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(424) 835-4088
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Pitfire Pizza’s wood-fired pizzas are crisp, puffy and beautifully browned. Try the Burrata with wild arugula, caramelized onion, hazelnuts and a pesto drizzle. Kids will enjoy mini Mac ‘N Cheese and kid-sized pizza. Finish your meal with soft-serve ice cream topped with homemade salted caramel sauce.

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Pizzeria Mozza

641 North Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 297-0101
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Combine famous chefs Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali, with restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and you have a recipe for success. This is gourmet pizza at its finest. Must try dishes include: fried squash blossoms with ricotta, brussel sprouts with prosciutto breadcrumbs, classic margherita pizza, and the Butterscotch Budino for dessert (sweet and salty goodness). Make a reservation in advance to avoid a long wait.

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Joe Peep’s

12460 Magnolia Blvd
Valley Village, CA 91607
(818) 506-4133
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Don’t let the graffiti or hole-in-the wall atmosphere dissuade you. Joe Peeps has the best pizza in the Valley. Two styles of pizza are offered: the famous 5969 calorie pizza and the “Blue Collar,” a lighter and less expensive version. Pizza lovers may have to wait up to an hour for this incredible NY thin crust loaded with toppings, but might spot a celebrity while waiting.

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The Gourmet Pizza Shoppe

120 E. State Street
Redlands, CA 92373
(909) 792-3313
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Located in historic downtown Redlands, the Gourmet Pizza Shoppe is a family-run business, opened since 1998. Deciding what to order can be a challenge, as they offer 90 varieties of pizza! Unusual seasonings and toppings make this place unique. Veggie lovers will enjoy the Jack Sprat, with mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, green onions and cashews.

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Tony’s Little Italy
1808 N Placentia Ave., Unit B
Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 528-2159
More InfoThis Chicago-style, deep dish pizza takes time to make, but be patient; it’s worth the wait. The stuffed pizza is thick, cheesy and super good. It may be a small store, but the pizzas have a big taste. Be sure and order 30 minutes ahead of time when picking up your pie.

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  • SUZY


    • Frog

      I love you Suzy. Joe Peeps is second only to Barones. Best hot dog use to be Wiener factory before they closed.

  • TT

    No way – Oggies in Canyon Country beats all these by a long shot..

    • Wrong again KCAL

      I would have to say Oggies is at the bottom. That pizza is not very good to me. I still can’t figure out what the big hype is. I’d rather goto Round Table before Oggies. Best Pizza i’ve had around is Mama Cozza’s in Anaslim, I mean Anaheim. That place was on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Great pizza.

  • Martin Munoz

    petrillos in san gabriel

    • D.F.

      Petrillo’s is AWFUL!!!! Their mushrooms are stroight out of the can.

      • TLA

        II love petrillos too! I prefer canned mushrooms …. but their sausage is the best!!

  • Brian


  • KeithS

    The proof is in the calendar for Joe Peep’s. I moved to Sherman Oaks in 1981 and Peeps was the place then(though in a different location) and still is 30 years later. Also in the SF Valley, if you’re looking for a place you can comfortably sit for awhile with your pizza, Lidos at Sepulveda and Victory is another of those been-around-forever places.

  • Lou

    You got to try The East Coast Pizza Company in Simi Valley the pizza is real NY style pie.

  • BikeRider

    First, it isn’t a PIE, it’s a PIZZA… Secondly, this is west coast… We don’t do that “read a newspaper through the crust” garbage. Give me a crust I can sink my teeth into. If I want a pizza CRACKER, I’d order one. On that note, it is hard to beat a good ol’ Numero Uno DEEP DISH PIZZA! Oh yeah… But for less of a chain pizza, you HAVE to check out Antonio’s on Ventura Blvd, close to Woodman. Every single thing on the menu is top notch, but the pizzas are the best! Also, there is a 30+ year old place in a strip mall in Glendale called Mr. K’s. Family run business cranking out the BEST stuff!

  • adolfo

    Costco Pizza though underated is the best!

  • adolfo

    Gondola’s Pizza in La Mirada, Ca. is my favorite! with Costco#2

  • dan

    Costco has them all beat on prince and quality…oh, and Barones doesn;t use mozzarella, skimpy on top and is very expensive

    • Chuck E. Cheese

      Costco is price worthy but the last time I ate one the marinara sauce tasted like ketchup! I still love shakeys for their thin crust slices and mojos which are addictive.

      I tried La Rocco’s the other day and I wasn’t too impressed but they have some fast delivery compared to other places close by. However that 2 slices and a drink sounds nice. I’m just not sure I’m a fan of folded NY style pizza slices.. toppings soo heavy I didn’t really notice the dough.

      I would like to try a chicago deep dish style around here also.

    • Frog

      Bite me. Costco, really. You must still watch Sesame St. and suck on your bottle. Grow up and grow a pair you son of a mother-less goat. I fart in your general direction. You mother was a hamster and your father smelled like elderberry’s. Now go away or I will taunt you a second time you silly English K-nig-hts!

      • randy

        Next time can you at least be funny?

  • VZA

    I’m sorry everybody but Totino’s Pizza in my freezer is the best pizza on earth.

  • Dennis Douglas

    Rosarios Pizza, located in beauitful down town Carson, CA tops my list.

  • B.B.

    What is up here is this only the freakin’ advertisers specials. Dennis just mentioned Rosarios Pizza in Carson. How about Bouno’s in San Pedro and Long Beach. Or Domenics in San Pedro and Carson. I have had wonderful pizza all over L.A. I still love Stuft in San Pedro which is part of a So.Cal chain out of San Diego.
    My point is that your list does not even touch on all the pizza joints in the southland. How do you decide the best, you didn’t come to the South Bay or the Harbor.

  • Erika Penzer Kerekes

    Amazed that Village Pizzeria on Larchmont didn’t get a nod. White clam pizza – not quite like New Haven, but the closest I’ve found this side of the Mississippi.

    • Kim Tracy Prince

      Thank you, Erika, for mentioning New Haven! Shout out to Wooster Sq!

  • Tino Sanchez

    Petrillo’s Pizza in San Gabriel is the BEST!!!!!!
    833 E Valley Blvd

  • justin thorpe

    I have to agree with Vito’s and you get great service with a smile and friendly people.Vito is one person you will never forget as he welcomes all with a smile.

  • frank

    lamp post pizza in el monte

  • Jimm

    Pitfire rocks and has a location in the Valley at Magnilia and Lankershim! Rock and Roll Pizza on Topanga is outstanding as well.

  • Kim Tracy Prince

    This post wins for best comments ever. People are passionate about their pizza.

  • Coyote

    The best pizza is Petrillo’s in San Gabriel! The supreme is like nothing you’ve ever had!

  • Jen (The Domestic Diva)

    This is a great list! Vito’s and Pizzeria Mozza are my two favorites.


    Domestic Divas

  • Steven Moshlak

    Sorry- Jacopo’s in Beverly Hills, should have made the list.

  • Gary Darcy

    Up here in the Antelope Valley I would encourage everyone to give Gino’s, in Palmdale and Lancaster< a try.

    I would be interested in seeing someone rate the chain pizzerias in SoCal.

  • Brooklyn girl

    Toddy G’s in Downtown L.A. The closest thing to N.Y. pizza in CA.


    Santino’s on Woodman. Excellent.

    • Catherine Girod

      is it the same santino’s as the one in ventura? if so, YES!

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