SoCal's Best Pizza: A Little Slice of NYC in L.A.

When it comes to finding great pizza in Los Angeles, there are two ways to go. Head to places that emulate the best pizza that New York City (which we all know is Mecca for pizza) has to offer; or make your way to the restaurants that have created a completely different sort of pizza pie, one that is uniquely Californian. For that New York-style slice, there's no better place to begin than Lucifers Pizza, for they even ship their dough in from the Big Apple, then add farm-to-table ingredients to make pizza that celebrities and us regular folk both adore. Meanwhile, Mulberry Street Pizza, Vito's and Joe's Pizza are all run by guys who migrated from the East Coast, bringing their trademark N.Y. taste with them. On the California side, Wolfgang Puck built his food empire based on the pizzas he created so long ago at the original Spago on Sunset Boulevard; those same delectable, slightly chewy bites are still to be had at Spago Beverly Hills, more than 30 years later. California Pizza Kitchen began in 1985 in Beverly Hills and it, like Puck's empire, has spread SoCal pizza all over the world. And of course, there's the relative newcomer to the game, Pizzeria Mozza, where chefs Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali create award-winning wood-oven pies that keep the crowds forming, proving that no matter what your pizza palate craves, you're sure to find it in Los Angeles.

Lucifers Pizza
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Lucifers Pizza is devilishly good. That's why, at both the Los Feliz and Melrose Avenue locations, the lines can sometimes go out the door. Chef-owner Adam Borich insists on only top-quality ingredients, starting with the dough, which he has...  Read More

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Sit in an inside booth or out at a garden table, there's not a bad seat in the house at Spago, the jewel in Wolfgang Puck's culinary crown. Now in Beverly Hills, the restaurant began its life in West Hollywood in 1982 and for more than 30 years...  Read More

Joe's Pizza
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When Guiseppe (Joe) Vitale moved to New York City from Sicily in 1978, he never imagined that he'd become one of Los Angeles' most-loved pizza-pie makers. He honed his skills for years in Brooklyn, working as a pizza maker, then opened his own...  Read More

Mulberry Street Pizzeria
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When Richie Palmer, along with his partner, "Raging Bull" actress Cathy Moriarty, opened their first Mulberry Street Pizzeria in Beverly Hills over 20 years ago, Richie knew just what kind of pizza he wanted to make. It would taste exactly like...  Read More

California Pizza Kitchen – Beverly Hills
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California Pizza Kitchen began at this location in Beverly Hills, and the rest truly is history. Now you can find this pizza in 30 states and 11 countries, in airports and sports stadiums, and even in the freezer of your grocery store. Launched...  Read More

Pitfire Artisan Pizza
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Pitfire Artisan Pizza is doing exactly what an artisanal pizza place should, starting with their homemade dough, adding fresh, locally sourced toppings and finishing in a wood oven that cooks the pie to perfection. All that explains why Pitfire...  Read More

Vito's Pizza


Legend has it that when Vito Di Donato migrated from New Jersey to Los Angeles, he brought along the starter yeast for the dough. That may explain why so many people (including celebs like Halle Berry and Sylvester Stallone) go out of their way...  Read More

Stella Barra
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When Chef Jeff Mahin opened Stella Barra a few years ago in Santa Monica, it was actually called Stella Rossa. We're not sure what prompted the name change, but one thing has stayed the same – the pizza. It's so good you'll be texting your...  Read More



Cecconi's is an Italian place with an inside track to L.A.'s the rich and famous, since it is the sister restaurant to the private club SoHo House (there's one in London, too, where SoHo House began). That means you're very likely to see movie...  Read More



Pizzeria Mozza is known to have the best pizza in town for good reason. In 2006, celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali teamed up with restaurateur Joe Bastianich to launch this notable pizzeria where lines still run out the door seven...  Read More


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