The 20 Absolute Best Pizza Places In LA, Ranked - Tasting Table (2024)


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Despite New York holding rank for decades, in recent years, Los Angeles has become one of the best pizza cities in America. Rather than catering to one kind of pizza preference, Los Angeles is home to everything from deep-dish pies to traditional, Italian-approved Neapolitan-style pizzas. Even Indian influences and caviar-topped creations have made their way into the mix. That said, if you prefer the classics, a greasy and cheese slice of New York-style pizza is never too far.

Whether you're seeking a romantic date night on the Westside or are looking to check one of "Chef's Table: Pizza's" featured pies off your foodie bucket list, LA has it all. Despite being one of the most universally-loved dishes in the world, not all pizzas are made the same, so knowing which places you can't miss is of the utmost importance. Thankfully, we've rounded up the 20 absolute best pizza places in LA.

20. De La Nonna

Located in the Arts District, De La Nonna is a recent addition to the LA pizza scene. This market-driven specializes in Italian comfort food and brings a bit of nostalgia in every bite. Though it started off as a pop-up, De La Nonna has since launched a brick-and-mortar restaurant that has become buzzing with locals.

The toppings are pretty unique, ranging from Japanese sweet potato and fennel to capers and pine nuts. If you're looking to expand your pizza palette, De La Nonna should be at the top of your list. There is also a gluten-free pizza that is topped with charred kale, cashew ricotta, and pepperoncinis, but the seasonal market pizza is the best option for patrons hoping to enjoy the freshest ingredients.

19. Triple Beam Pizza

Triple Beam Pizza currently has two LA locations in Highland Park and Echo Park. There are also two new openings on the way in Santa Monica and Glendora. Using quality ingredients is a top priority at this pizzeria, and you'll find more unique and creative toppings than you'd expect. For example, roasted fennel and sausage with goat cheese is a flavor-blasting pie that is balanced by the zesty goat cheese and herby fennel.

The acorn squash pizza is another seasonal favorite. Triple Beam Pizza also offers plenty of plant-based options ranging from the vegan chorizo to the vegan Margherita. Those seeking something extra special should order the potato, sage, and truffle pizza. This combo is truly one-of-a-kind and showcases the natural beauty of each ingredient in a balanced and complimentary manner.

18. Roberta's

Roberta's is one of the best places for wine and pizza in Culver City. Despite being a pretty trendy restaurant, the quality remains pretty consistent across the board. After ordering a bottle of vino for the table, start off with the pizza dough bread and butter appetizer. Since the dough is one of the best things about Roberta's, this appetizer is a must-order. You'll also want to add some chili oil for the full experience.

When it comes to the pizzas, the classic Margherita is a vegetarian-friendly option that always hits the spot. However, other pizzas on the menu change regularly, so there's always something new and fun to try along with a rotating list of pastas, grilled items, and salads. Since there's nothing quite as iconic as a pizza and ice cream combo, be sure to end your meal with a scoop of Roberta's ice cream.

17. Cosa Buona

Casa Buona uses a wood-fired oven to create top-notch pizzas in a cozy corner of Echo Park. It's pretty small and loved by locals, and though you can certainly pop in for a sit-down meal, Cosa Buona is a wonderful take-out option for East LA residents. Though you can always stick with standard options like mushroom, pepperoni, sausage, or veggie, the Pizzaiolo Pizza of the Month is always worth checking out. This pizza changes each month and is made by different team members, and the creativity never seems to end.

If you want to take your pizza to the next level, consider elevating your pie with anchovies, onions, arugula, prosciutto, or mushrooms. Cosa Buona also makes Sicilian pizzas — just be sure to order them in advance since they take a bit longer to cook.

16. Pijja Palace

Pijja Palace is a creative and one-of-a-kind restaurant that made headlines pretty quickly after opening in 2022. Though pizza is not necessarily the main offering, they are top-notch. The pizza can be ordered in a small or large size, and patrons are essentially able to build their own pie exactly to their liking. After choosing your size, start by picking your sauce. The flavorful sauce options include Northern Makhini, Peri Peri Vindaloo, and White Korma.

Once your sauce is settled, get into the toppings. Each topping costs between $2 and $5, and you can add everything from Tandoori onions to chicken tikka. For a little spice, opt for the stinger chiles and spicy pepperoni. In addition to pizza, Pijja Palace also serves some amazing pastas that can easily be paired with your pie for a hearty and tasty dinner.

15. Superfine Pizza

Superfine Pizza keeps up with tradition by using old-school techniques and recipes when crafting its beloved Neapolitan pizzas. Located inside City Market South, Superfine Pizza is open Monday through Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Whether you're picking up a pie to-go or are looking for a casual yet delicious dinner spot, Superfine Pizza is one of the best places to eat in City Market South.

The 12-inch pizzas are cooked to perfection every time. The crust features a plush and soft interior that is met with a crisp exterior. The salami honey pizza is the ideal blend of sweet, savory, and spicy, but the basic cheese pizza puts an elevated twist on a childhood classic thanks to the use of high-quality cheeses and red sauce.

14. Prime Pizza

Prime Pizza has six (soon to be seven) locations across Los Angeles. Prime Pizza can be found all the way from Burbank to El Segundo, ensuring that a slice is never too far no matter where you live. This New York-style pizza is a favorite among those who are partial to classic cheese and pepperoni pies, but the fresh preparation is what truly makes Prime Pizza shine.

In addition to never being frozen, these pizzas are also made with high-quality ingredients that are always sourced as responsibly as possible. The 18-inch round pizzas are ideal for large groups and gatherings, but you can also order smaller square pizzas that come with eight pieces. Gluten-free square pizzas are also available but come with only four slices.

13. Jon & Vinny's

Jon & Vinny's has become a go-to for locals in the mood for thin-crust pizzas, Neapolitan-style pizza, and traditional pastas. There are four different LA locations in Fairfax, Brentwood, Slauson, and Beverly Hills. Though pizza isn't normally considered a breakfast food, you can in fact order Jon & Vinnny's pizza during the morning hours.

Whether you're dining in or taking out, Jon & Vinny's is a consistent option that never fails to impress. The cheesy White Bronco is a winner for pizza lovers that want to skip the red sauce, while the burrata-topped LA Woman is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that keeps things simple yet classic. No matter what pizza you choose to order, you'll definitely want to get at least a couple of crust dips like pomodoro or garlic buffalo.

12. Apollonia's Pizzeria

Located on Wilshire Boulevard, Apollonia's Pizzeria puts a playful twist on classic thin-crust pizzas. For example, the Wilshire Margherita is made with chicken tequila sausage, setting it apart from a standard Margherita pizza pie. The pepperoni, burrata, and Mike's Hot Honey is a local favorite, but the Mayor's Mistress with pepperoni and Italian sausage is another protein-packed pizza that is worth ordering.

Though the inventive pizzas on the menu tend to catch the eye, patrons can also build their own pizza for a customized experience that is exactly to their liking. From exotic sausages to organic produce like mushrooms and arugula, a customized pizza from Apollonia's Pizzeria can also be made perfectly with special sauces like spicy arrabbiata. That said, if you're not in the mood for a whole pizza, cheese and pepperoni are available by the slice.

11. Schellz Pizza Co.

Born out of the pandemic in 2020, Schellz Pizza Co. has brought forth a totally new take on Detroit-style pizza. What sets Schellz Pizza Co. apart from the competition is without a doubt its 'Hokkaidough," which undergoes a unique fermentation process that makes these pan pizzas utterly irresistible. Before diving into the pizza, start off with the Hokkaidough garlic cheese bread. Meat lovers will definitely gravitate toward the L-Godzilla! which is topped with spicy sausage, steak, bacon, and chopped pepperoni.

If you prefer less cheese, the vegan M-Scicilian is full of flavor thanks to the house-made pizza sauce, garlic oil, and oregano. If you're feeding a group, the large pizzas serve three to four people, while the mediums feed one to two.

10. Gorilla Pies

Despite not being the most popular kind of pizza, Gorilla Pies has brought the deliciousness of Pittsburgh-style pizza to LA. The dough sets a solid foundation for each pie, and is a hybrid dough that uses natural fermentation and commercial yeast. The quality of the flour is a top priority and Gorilla Pies exclusively uses flour sourced from Caputo and King Arthur. Gorilla Pies also only uses California-grown Organic Bianco di Napoli tomatoes. Even the water used is filtered with care by a top-notch RO system, showing just how much care and attention goes into each step of Gorilla Pies' pizza making.

Though you can customize your own pizza, the signature creations are worth ordering. From the Green Monster to The Kitten, be sure to get each pie "Gorilla Style" with basil, Parmesan, oregano, chili flakes, and extra virgin olive oil.

9. Ghisallo

Located in the Ocean Park area of Santa Monica, Ghisallo is one of the most popular places for an elevated pizza on the Westside. Ghisallo serves both New York-style and Neapolitan-style pizza, allowing patrons to choose their favorite variation. When it comes to the New York pies, expect classic toppings like pepperoni and cheese along with some more unique variations like Cacio e Pepe and Market Veggie.

There are a few more options for the Neapolitan pizzas, including squash blossom, funghi and truffle, and the soppressata-topped Inferno pizza. Since Ghisallo is more upscale than your standard pizza joint, enjoy appetizers and sides that range from arancini to smoked ribs. Pair your pizza with a glass of wine before ending the feast with some panna cotta.

8. Pizzeria Mozza

Pizzeria Mozza is an LA staple created by legendary chef, Nancy Silverton. It is right next door to her critically-acclaimed Osteria Mozza, allowing you to get your pizza and pasta fix back to back. Pizzeria Mozza is a more elevated place to indulge, making it the perfect place for a mellow date night on Melrose Avenue. Plus, the crust is some of the most loved in all of Los Angeles.

The burrata pizza is topped with squash blossoms, tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil, and it's one of the most popular vegetarian pizzas on the menu. However, if you prefer a little protein, the spicy Salame with Fresno chiles is an absolute must-order. In addition to pasta, Pizzeria Mozza also has a solid selection of salads and appetizers.

7. Pizzana

Pizzana was started by Candace Nelson, the mastermind behind Sprinkles Cupcakes. Similarly to Sprinkles, Pizzana has gained a plethora of loyal followers that consider it to be some of the best pizza in LA. Though the original location opened in Brentwood, Pizzana has since expanded to West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, and most recently, Silver Lake. The Neapolitan-style pizzas are cooked to perfection and feature a light and fluffy crust that is made from a "slow dough" that Chef Daniele Uditi ferments for 48 hours.

The Cacio e Pepe pizza is a signature dish that cheese lovers will adore, but the pepperoni is a great option for those who want a little protein. Order your choice of pie with a glass of wine or place a take-out order to enjoy Pizzana at home.

6. Bar Monette

Bar Monette is one of the latest and greatest restaurants to land in Santa Monica. Specializing in Neapolitan pizza and Italian tapas, Bar Monette is the ultimate place for a delicious date night by the beach. The restaurant is pretty small, and reservations are definitely recommended. In fact, you'll probably need to make one pretty far in advance since Bar Monette has a tendency to book up quickly.

The mouth-watering pizzas are known for having perfectly puffy crusts, and they are served with a pair of scissors for seamless cutting. The Margherita pizza is a classic that never gets old, but if you want to enjoy the Bar Monette way, top it with caviar and freshly shaved truffles. For something more unique, try the Dungeness crab and pesto pizza, and don't forget to order one or two premium dipping sauces on the side.

5. L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele

Looking to enjoy a true taste of Italy without leaving LA? Dining at L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele in Hollywood means getting to enjoy the exact same pizza that you'll find at the original Naples location, as the recipes and ingredients are the exact same. Snag a spot on the romantic patio for some pizza and pasta under twinkling string lights.

The Diavola is a classic for salami lovers, but the prosciutto and arugula pizza has the ideal flavor combo thanks to the salty prosciutto and refreshing arugula and basil. The marina pizza is a vegan pie, and the Montanara is a decadent choice that features deep-fried pizza dough. In addition to the pizzas, L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele also serves some great pastas and cheese boards.

4. Little Coyote

Little Coyote is the ultimate place for pizza in Long Beach. In fact, there are now two different locations in the coastal beach town, proving just how much locals love Little Coyote. The 16-inch pizzas are ideal for sharing, and the classic New York flavors never get old. From cheese to pepperoni to Margherita, Little Coyote caters to pizza lovers that like to keep things classic and cure their nostalgia. The white pie is a great option for those who want to skip the standard red sauce.

If you're dining alone and don't need an entire pizza, Little Coyote also serves slices from 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. However, the Grandma Squares are a fun choice when you're looking to switch things up.

3. Pizzeria Bianco

Pizzeria Bianco quickly became one of the most popular pizza spots in LA after it was featured on "Chef's Table: Pizza." The original location in Phoenix, Arizona is what In addition to being a pizza master, Chef Chris Bianco is also known for his warm, lively, and bold personality. The original LA location is at The Row DTLA, and whether you're visiting for lunch or dinner, don't be surprised if you see Chef Bianco himself walking around and mingling with other patrons.

During lunch, Pizzeria Bianco serves up New York-style slices, but dinner time is when you'll be able to indulge in the most popular pies. The signature Rosa is a one-of-a-kind pizza that is topped with Parmesan, red onion, rosemary, and crushed pistachios.

2. Quarter Sheets Pizza

Quarter Sheets Pizza specializes in pan-sheet pizzas along with creative cakes. Quarter Sheets originally started off as a pandemic pop-up, but has since set up shop with a more permanent location in Echo Park that loyal regulars have come to love. Patrons can come up for some thick, square slices Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The toppings change regularly, and you'll always be able to find something new and exciting to try. However, once you've cured your pizza craving, don't forget to get a slice of cake to-go. Quarter Sheets' Hannah Ziskin is an incredibly talented baker and is always whipping up something delicious and unique.

1. Pizzeria Sei

Pizzeria Sei is a Pico-Robertson favorite that has brought Tokyo-style pizza to LA. The pizza here is super similar to classic Neapolitan-style pies and is cooked in a wood-fired oven. Start off on a lighter foot with the Caesar salad as an appetizer before indulging in one of the white or red sauces pizzas. If you plan on ordering online for pickup, you'll definitely want to do it first thing in the morning since they tend to sell out pretty fast. However, dining in is the best way to enjoy the pizza at its freshest, and you can also pair it with a glass of wine or beer. That said, you'll definitely want to make a reservation.

The Bismark pizza is a decadent favorite that is topped with a fried egg, prosciutto, and truffle oil. Vegetarians will also love the rich and umami-forward Funghi pizza.

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