Pizzana is what happens when Neapolitan-style pizza meets California produce and sweet treats, all thanks to its founders: chef Daniele Uditi, and they of the Sprinkles Cupcakes empire. And while you can find some solid desserts here, don’t get it twisted—the show-stopper is undeniably the pizza. Italian (as in straight-from-Italy) chef Uditi masterfully helms the kitchens in Pizzana’s Brentwood and WeHo locations, where he crafts and throws crusts made from organic, stone-ground Italian flour, with his own grandparents’ yeast starter brought over from Italy. Imported mozzarella tops pies, as do local ingredients both consciously harvested and grown. At lunch, super-stacked sandwiches grace the menu along with seasonal small plates sporting family recipes. The cacio e pepe pizza topped with rich parmesan cream is a highlight, but we can’t ever deny the Corbarina, made with squash blossoms, burrata and gremolata. This is one-of-a-kind L.A. pizza that truly feels like the best of both worlds, new and old.
Angelenos have a lot of hometown pride, but what’s the first thing New Yorkers claim when they move to L.A.? The pizza here isn’t as good as “back home.” Ditto for Chicagoans and their undying love for deep dish—to which we reply, “False, L.A. has great pizza”: New York-style, Chicago-style, Neopolitan-style—hell, put an avocado on top and we’ll claim that style as our own. L.A. may be known for the its tacos and cocktail scene, but we do pizza well, too, and it feels like we’ve got new pizzerias and underground pop-ups opening every month. From solid budget-friendly eats that come by the slice to artisan pies at sit-down restaurants, here are the best pizza places in the city.