How Mulberry St. Pizzeria Brought NY’s Pizza to LA

For a long time, it was nearly impossible to get an authentic New York-style pizza in Los Angeles. Fortunately for Los Angelenos, that changed in 1992 when pizza chef Richie Palmer opened up Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills.

Palmer grew up in the Bronx in the 1960s and started working in kitchens at the age of 14. Years later, after sampling the best pizza in the area, he started his own pizzeria in New York. By the late 80s, Palmer had enough of the brutal New York winters and endeavored to bring top notch pies to the West Coast.

Of course, a little star power never hurts in L.A. Cathy Moriarty of “Raging Bull” fame was an early partner of the restaurant and Palmer counted friends Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frankie Valli, and Mickey Rourke among his regulars. Almost immediately, customers flocked to the parlor on North Canon Drive.

Celebrity-driven restaurants open every day in Los Angeles and they close just as frequently. Mulberry Street Pizzeria, however, has thrived and blossomed behind consistent quality. Decades later, it’s still a go-to spot for New York transplants and New York pizza fans alike. The crust is thin, the sauce is the right medium between tangy and sweet, and the ingredients are still of the highest caliber.

In recent years, the Mulberry Street Pizzeria empire has grown to include storefronts in Sherman Oaks, Encino, and a second Beverly Hills address. The menu, too, has evolved to include gluten-free pizzas for L.A.’s anti-wheat crowd. But, fear not, because all of the standards are still there, including italian heros (known as “wedges” around these parts), homemade lasagna, chicken parm, and, of course, impeccable pies.

Naturally, customers can get this true New York-style pizza in Los Angeles for delivery or pickup by ordering on the Slice app.

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