Los Angeles isn’t historically known as a hotbed for pizza, but several local chefs have changed the pizza game in L.A.
Here’s your guide to the best local pizza in Los Angeles:
Mulberry Street Pizza
Craving authentic New York-style pizza in Los Angeles? Mulberry Street Pizza has you covered.
Bronx native Richie Palmer relocated to L.A. in the late 1980s and opened up Mulberry Street Pizza on North Canon Drive. Backed by the buzz of regulars such as Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Frankie Valli, it quickly became a box office smash in Lalaland.
Today, Mulberry Street Pizza also boasts a second location in Beverly Hills, plus outposts in nearby Sherman Oaks and Encino.
Upper Crust Pizzeria
Steps away from the original Mulberry Street Pizza on North Canon Drive lies another local Los Angeles gem.
For thin-crust lovers in Los Angeles, it’s hard to beat Upper Crust Pizzeria. The slices here are impossibly thin and supersized to boot, making it a solid value in a city that is pricier than most. It’s also greasy (in a good way), which is a nice change of pace from the health-conscious options often found in L.A.
The pepperoni slice is our go-to, but Upper Crust also offers a solid rotation of seasonal vegetables in their daily specials list.
Local Los Angeles mini-chain Z Pizza prides itself on high-end ingredients while specializing in vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Nearly any pie can be made with a wheatless crust and there are more veggies and vegan cheese options here than you can shake a stick at.
The Z Pizza location in West Hollywood tends to be packed out, which is why we recommend ordering online when crunched for time.
When Prime Pizza opened in Fairfax, it did so with lots of hype thanks to partner Frank Pinello of Vice fame. Quickly, Prime Pizza proved that it was deserving of all the publicity by churning out some of the best local pizza in Los Angeles.
At Prime Pizza, you’ll find renditions of the classics served at Pinello’s famous Best Pizza in Brooklyn, including the sausage-kale pie and the vaunted white pie. There are a number of round and grandma pies to choose from with assorted toppings, but don’t sleep on the sandwiches either – their meatball sandwich is one of the best in all of L.A.
After the success of the original Fairfax location, Prime Pizza ventured out east to open up a second spot in Little Tokyo.
Casa Bianca Pizza Pie
Eagle Rock’s Casa Bianca Pizza Pie has been beloved for its pizza since its opening in 1955. The late great Jonathan Gold sang the praises of Casa Bianca’s thin-crust pies and you will too after just one bite.
The homemade sweet sausage pizza may be the most popular item on the menu, but we hold the sauceless “Pizza Bianco” in equally high regard.
The wait times at Casa Bianca can be (understandably) lengthy, but you can avoid the characteristically-lengthy Los Angeles line by ordering ahead.
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