You don’t have to be a character in Eat Pray Love (or a Ninja Turtle) to know how much a pizza can improve your life. And there aren’t many foods better for delivery, either. So while we’re all stuck at home, we wanted to put together a list of local pizza spots that will both help you support local businesses, and improve your night at the same time. Here are some great pizza options for takeout and delivery across Los Angeles.
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You probably have some very fond thoughts about Abbot’s Pizza if you’ve ever lived or worked in Venice (or even if you haven’t). This spot on Abbot Kinney has been around practically since the actual Abbot Kinney was, serving affordable pizzas with excellent bagel-style crusts (meaning you can get them with sesame, poppyseed, or everything toppings). The XL pizzas are big enough for an entire family, so get the spinach, sun-dried tomato, and feta-covered Athens Pie with an everything crust, and enjoy. Potentially for the next two or three days, if you’re alone. Local delivery or pick-up available.
Antico, the wood-fired Italian spot on the border of Koreatown and Larchmont, has switched gears during quarantine, becoming a pizza-and-ice-cream shop. And while we do miss their chicken crostone, we’re not that upset, - because they’re putting together some really impressive focaccia pies. Baxter’s Bianco, for one, has pickled jalapeños, ricotta, and roasted mushrooms, or the Pineapple Express, which is basically a fancy Hawaiian pizza. Don’t leave without some home-spun ice cream, either. We like strawberry the best.. Delivery and pick-up available.
A classic Eagle Rock spot (and we mean classic, since it opened in 1955), Casa Bianca serves thin-crust, Sicilian-style pies, and while they might not be as adventurous as other places on this list, we don’t need every pizza to involve a thoughtful take on pork belly confit. Which is to say, we’ll never say no to a greasy pie, especially if it’s got Casa Bianca’s incredible house-made sausage on top.
Cosa Buona is an Echo Park pizza spot that isn’t doing anything too crazy with their Neapolitan-style, wood-fired pies - which is exactly why we love them. They use straightforward toppings like ricotta and spinach, or sausage and bitter greens that’ll make anyone happy. The crunchy crust is perfect every time, and the garlic-forward sauce is very good, too. Add on some mozz sticks, if you know what’s good for you.
Another spot for Neapolitan-style pies, DeSano is an East Hollywood institution you absolutely need to know about. The crust here is thin, chewy, and extremely foldable, and the toppings are all very Italian. The Bianca has mozzarella, pecorino, ricotta, and scamorza, and is great for vegetarians, and the Lasagna pizza (which is exactly what it sounds like) is good if you’re breaking out a few bottles of red wine for this meal. And if you’re wondering if the calzones really could be worth ordering along with pizzas, the answer is yes. Get the Vesuvio - it’s got soppressata, prosciutto, pepperoni, and garlic, and can be cut up and eaten as an appetizer.
Another Venice spot, Double Zero serves vegan pizza that you’ll be happy to be eating. They have a wide variety of nut cheeses that are actually quite good - especially the macadamia ricotta, which you’ll find on the pesto pizza with zucchini and arugula, and the rice mozzarella on the squash blossom and blistered tomato pie. Delivery and pick-up available.
A to-go-only El Sereno spot operating out of an industrial park, Dough Box is going to be a place you’re very happy you discovered (we’ll even let you take the credit). They serve Chicago-style deep-dish pies that are going to blow your mind - the dough is bread-y, chewy, and delicious, and the surprisingly light cheese complements it very well. The classic Soto is great, but if you’re feeling really bold, get the Broadway - perfectly proportioned amounts of olives, onions, sausage, and cherry peppers on top of a thick layer of cheese. Orders must be made in advance, via email, so make sure to check out their Instagram for the latest info.
Elio’s, which formerly operated out of a parking lot in Silver Lake, was one of our favorite new pizza spots last year. Now, they’re operating out of the kitchen at Employees Only, a cocktail bar in Weho. And even though they’ve upgraded their pickup truck oven, they’re still making great pizzas. The heavily blistered pies are $12 for a personal-sized cheese, plus $1 for each topping - we usually get one with sausage, pepper, and onion, and one with artichoke and basil. Curbside pick-up available, or $5 delivery within five miles ($25 minimum).
If you’re looking for late-night delivery on the Eastside, Silver Lake’s Garage Pizza has you covered. But their pizzas aren’t just good when it’s 2am and you have an extremely strong craving for something salty and cheesy (so, you’re high). Regardless of the time of day (or night), no one’s going to be mad about a pie from Garage. They’re absolutely massive, and if thin crust, NY-style pies are your thing, then you’ll be very happy with this pizza.
After closing down for a bit, Venice’s excellent GTA is back, serving salads, sandwiches, and most importantly, pizzas. The Mushroom with truffle goat cheese is excellent, but our favorite will always be the Lamb Sausage with confit tomato, rapini, mint, and pecorino. Get a chopped kale salad with shaved fennel on the side - not only is it good, but you should definitely be eating more vegetables. Delivery only.
A neighborhood spot in Atwater Village with some killer pizzas, Hail Mary is also doing fantastic work for the restaurant community, providing free meals to out-of-work hospitality professionals - call (323) 284-8879 for details. As far as the pies themselves, we highly recommend the $10 margherita (yes, it’s a full-sized pie for $10), or the Abbot with Calabrian chilies, porchetta, olives, and mornay. Pick-up only. For more information, check their Instagram.
You’ve certainly seen the spicy fusilli from Jon & Vinny’s haunting your Instagram feed, but the pizzas from this iconic spot on Fairfax are just as worthy of your attention. We could fill up an entire guide with love letters to their topping combinations, so we’ll keep it short. We love the White Lightning (ricotta, mozzarella, and pickled jalapeno), and the Ham & Yeezy (ham, vodka sauce, and pickled Fresno chilies), and pretty much everything else, too. If you’ve got room, add an order of the meatballs - they’re truly life-changing.
Pasadena’s Luggage Room Pizzeria serves well-made pies with chewy, slightly funky sourdough crust and innovative toppings. They’ve got options like chorizo and sun-dried tomatoes, and avocado and lemon. But we usually go for the Shattuck Ave, a pie topped with burrata, roasted garlic, and piquillo peppers. Pick up some beer from Stone Brewing next door while you’re at it.
Echo Park’s tremendous pizza spot Masa is open for takeout and delivery, which is very good news for anyone who needs good deep dish in these dark times. The traditional, with a thin layer of sausage and mushrooms underneath an extremely not-thin layer of mozzarella cheese, is our favorite. Expect to have leftovers - you’re going to be stuffed after one slice.
Milo + Olive’s menu is full of great things (oh hi, garlic knots as addictive as Tiger King). But if you’re going all-in on pizzas, you won’t be disappointed. They’re all around $22, and can feed three easily. Get the pork belly sausage and kale - you’ll never be so happy to be eating kale on pizza. If you’re on the Westside, this is the ideal go-to when you don’t feel like making another overly complicated “30 minute” meal.
Hollywood’s Osteria La Buca is probably best-known for their great pastas, but you’d be remiss to ignore their pizzas. They’ve only got three pies on their menu, and they’re all worth your time. The classic mozzarella, tomato, and basil is good, but our favorite is the housemade sausage, ricotta, and garlic confit one. They’re also selling pizza dough to-go, if you want to stock up for the future.
The more casual sibling to Pace, Laurel Canyon’s classic Italian spot, Pace Joint serves affordable wood-fired pizzas that you’ll be extremely happy about. Go for the Mamma G’s (pork sausage and caramelized fennel) or the meatball - both are well-balanced, and loaded with toppings. The pizzas also usually arrive quickly, which makes them perfect for when you need to feed a screaming child (or a screaming significant other).
The wood-fired pizzas from Pizzana in Brentwood (there’s a location in Weho, too) are neighborhood favorites for a reason: The crust is springy, chewy, and full of flavor, and the toppings are applied with an appropriately heavy hand. You’ll be happy if you go traditional and get a funghi or margherita, but we also endorse trying something different - the basil-breadcrumb-covered Neo is one of our favorites, as is the Cacio E Pepe. They’ve also got some of our favorite gluten-free pies in town.
Even if you’ve only ever had Pizzanista when you’re drunkenly stumbling around the Arts District at midnight on a Saturday, you should still know about it for delivery. They serve whole pies or do by-the-slice (in a combo with a Coke), and they’re across-the-board cheesy, greasy, and wonderful. If it’s Sunday, you need to get the vegan mac and cheese pie. It’s entirely too much, and as such, perfect.
If you live in Weho, Downtown LA, or Burbank, Prime Pizza is an excellent option for quick and reliable pizza delivery. The pies are massive, affordable, and simple, but that doesn’t mean they’re not also great. The pepperoni is one of our favorites - the inch-wide slices curl up and get crispy, with tiny little pools of grease inside (just how we like it). They also deliver slices (from the Burbank location), but who are we really kidding? You want leftovers for later.
Provami, the pizza spot on Melrose in Weho, serves reliably good Neapolitan-style pies for delivery and pick-up. They use high-quality toppings, and the crust is chewy, with some really good char from the wood-fired oven. Our favorite pie here is the Provami Signature - it’s a sort of pizza-calzone, with a layer of dough sealing in the ricotta and salami inside.
LA’s outpost of the famous Brooklyn pizza spot, Roberta’s is an ideal way to end a long day of getting in arguments with your cat because you’re not used to spending so much time together. This Culver City spot serves tremendous wood-fired pizzas - the iconic Bee Sting (with soppressata, basil, chile, and honey) is excellent, as is the Cheesus Christ (mozzarella, taleggio, parm, black pepper, and cream). You can order delivery or pick-up on most apps, or through the online Platform Drive-Through, where you can also get food, groceries, and sundries from several of Roberta’s neighbors.
Ronan is a fun Weho pizza spot with innovative pies to match, and those pies translate just as well to your living room (especially if you add in a couple bottles of wine). The Sweet Cheeks is our favorite - this guanciale and ricotta-topped pie is sweet, spicy, and perfect. But that doesn’t mean the simple margherita isn’t also great - the red sauce, mozzarella, and basil are perfectly ratioed on every bite. And they’re offering 10% off curbside pickup, if you go for that instead of delivery.
El Segundo Brewing Company’s neighborhood pizza spot Slice & Pint is open for pizza and beer just off Main St. in El Segundo. We love the pan pizzas here, which are thick, doughy, and buttery, but regardless of what style of pie you get, they’ve got some really innovative toppings. The Crowntown (arugula, prosciutto, garlic, and Calabrian chili) and the pineapple-and-Spam-covered Rob’s In Maui are our favorites. Get some cheesy bread and a couple crowlers of beer (brewed at their brewery across the street) while you’re at it. Available for pick-up Wednesday-Sunday 12-8pm.
South End is the kind of place you’ll want to keep as a secret for yourself, but in reality, the pies are just too good not to share with your friends. This spot in Venice serves Neapolitan-style pizzas with crunchy-but-chewy crusts that are blackened in spots, giving them a great charred flavor from the oven. We also appreciate that they’re not so overloaded with toppings so the crust can shine. Get the Boardwalk (mushroom, speck, arugula, and egg) or the meat-loaded District 11.
Another tiny spot that’s basically just a to-go window, Superfine in Downtown LA serves a short menu of innovative and excellent pies that are big enough to feed a crowd, yet light enough that you won’t need a nap once you finish eating. The pies cover a wide spectrum of flavors, from the rich, salty and vinegar-y Vegan (really - it’s great) with tomato, garlic, capers, and olives, to the sweet, spicy, and nutty salami and honey pizza.
Triple Beam is one of the most affordable options on this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s not also fantastic. This spot on Figueroa in Highland Park (with a second location on Sunset in Echo Park) serves excellent, Roman-style pizzas. In person, that means they cut slices for you, but when it comes to delivery, that means you order half or full pies for two or four. Our favorites are the acorn squash with cacio de Roma, and the shallot and mushroom. The pies are light but extremely filling. Make sure to get some house-baked focaccia, too.
Vincenti in Brentwood is another spot that doesn’t usually do pizza, but during quarantine, they’ve got it. The toppings are extremely Italian - like carciofi, burrata, zucchini, e prosciutto crudo (and that’s just on one pizza). They even make their own sausage for the potato, onion, and porcini pie. Monday-Saturday only, for delivery or pick-up.
Wood is an underrated spot on Sunset in Silver Lake, serving crowd-pleasing, Neapolitan-style pies. Our favorites are the sausage and rapini and the sausage and cherry tomato. They’ve also got all kinds of grocery essentials available, too, if you also happen to need to restock on bananas.