Everyone’s favorite take-out has been served all kinds of ways since America adopted the Italian trinity of dough, sauce, and cheese. Nowadays, the art of pizza-making goes beyond being just a convenient dish to serve the masses. It lies at the heart of neighborhood pride and contentious debate; it’s the age-old question — who has the best pie? In a place where hip matters, here are a few pizza spots trendy with Silver Lake locals.
4399 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
On the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Fountain Ave., Garage Pizza is a neighborhood staple and go-to choice for eastsiders offering its signature thin and foldable slices of cheesy goodness. Here, Angelenos can grab a taste of New York. Located near the neighborhood water holes, a young crowd spills out of the bars on weekends to make use of Garage’s pizza-by-the-slice and the convenience of its 4 am closing time as well. Not for the faint of heart, true meat lovers will want a slice of the Annihilator, a hearty mix of meatball, sausage, pepperoni, onion, peppers, and mushrooms. Though the quality of their ingredients really shines on their simpler pies, such as the traditional Margherita, topped with roma tomato, basil, and roasted garlic, you’ll also be impressed by pies that offer all the toppings and fixings.
Tomato Pie Pizza Joint
2457 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The brainchild of a New York transplant Garrett Policastro, Tomato Pie brings an East Coast flair to their pizzas with a gourmet touch. Aiming to pay homage New York style pizza in an eclectic retro setting that is also comfortable, Tomato Pie Pizza Joint strives to be the kind of neighborhood joint you want to hang out at. Whether you fancy a classic tomato sauce, or care to step out into the fray of inventive pies, the good folks at Tomato Pie have you covered. They don’t bother with the artisan slant of their competitors though, instead delivering on the promise of honest-to-goodness comfort pies. Make sure to try its namesake, the Tomato Pie, a square pan-baked pizza that opts for a light grating of romano cheese atop a generous helping of tomato sauce. Angeleno foodies will find solace in the Carnitas Way as well, topped with slow-braised pork, grilled peppers and onions on a chipotle gravy base. The simplicity of its orange mod-diner interior gives full attention to their pies and the uncomplicated enjoyment of a good slice.
Wood Handcrafted Pizza
2861 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
A newbie to the pizza scene in Silverlake, Wood has cemented itself as home of the Neapolitan pizza. With delicious bianche (white) and rosse (red) sauces, and toppings such as lamb and cauliflower, this is a grown-up pizzeria delivering only the finest artisanal pies. They fit right into West Coast pizza culture too, with gluten-free and vegan options, such as the Feel No Guilt or The Ellen, an ambitious medley including beans, serranos, avocado, and lime juice, topped off with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. The Ellen’s namesake is a playful nod to their co-founder’s 15 minutes of fame during this year’s Oscars, during which he delivered a pizza to Ellen. The space has a muted vibe, yet remains cool enough for its fashionable clientele.
4449 Prospect Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
A perfect example of how LA does pizza differently than its East Coast brethren, Cruzer is a 100% vegan-friendly pizzeria, fitting right in with the (perhaps cliche) Angeleno inclination for vegan and gluten-free options. Even the most carnivorous will enjoy their meatless spins on classic pie toppings, such as their vegan pepperoni, sausage, and ham. Refreshing twists here include the typically meaty Hawaiian and Jamaican pizzas. Kudos to the pizza specialists at Cruzer for serving up everyone’s favorite za’s while remaining environmentally conscious and animal-friendly.
Lago D’Argento Italian Pizzeria
2611 N Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
On Hyperion Ave. in the heart of Silver Lake, Lago D’Argento Italian Pizzeria serves up a hearty pie in generous portions. The interior is modern, yet comfortable, making this sleek Italian eatery a great spot to cozy up in their red leather booths for date-night. A true highlight here is the Billy Goat, which makes use of the goat cheese and crispy bacon power combo. The dough is thick, the sauce is tangy, and their pies always come with a nice dose of cheese. Savvy pizza enthusiasts make use of their happy hour specials, pairing their slices with a cold one or two.