LA isn't typically lauded as a destination for pizza, but these five eateries are serving up gourmet takes on different styles of the beloved food. Here's where to dig into deep-dish, New York-style, Neopolitan, and more without leaving city limits.
If you're looking for a taste of the East Coast, stop by the ever-popular Vito's to grab a New York-style pizza. Characterized by thin crusts and wide slices, enjoy your pie like a real New Yorker would: by folding it down the middle. 846 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-652-6859
This style of pizza originated in Naples and is characterized by a chewy, extremely doughy crust. The secret to perfecting the crust is in putting the rolling pin aside—the dough should be kneaded, stretched by hand, and then wood-fired, just like the pizza at Mother Dough. 4648 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-644-2885
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Though most artisanal pies have crusts that are similar to the Neapolitan style, this iteration comes in a wider range of varieties. Often wood-fired and finished with a modern twist, the artisanal pies found at pizzerias like Pizzeria Il Fico are creative, inventive, and absolutely mouthwatering. 310 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-271-3426
Dietary restrictions shouldn’t eliminate pizza from your list of favorite foods. Popular eateries like Evo Kitchen offer gluten-free and vegan options to satisfy your pizza cravings. Here, you can customize your own pizza with the option of a gluten-free crust and vegan toppings. 7950 Sunset Blvd. #104, Los Angeles, 323-375-3390
Few styles of pizza are quite as decisive as deep dish. Instead of layering cheese and other toppings on top of the sauce, an uncooked layer of sauce is put over the toppings. Baked in a round pan, the crust is often comprised of cornmeal or semolina, giving it a unique texture and longer baking time. But you don't need to fly to Chicago to try deep dish—head over to Masa of Echo Park to get the iconic pizza right here in LA.