ALL HAIL THE PIZZA.
Pizza has been such a staple in the American culture that sometimes we forget that it originated from Italy. Since America is a melting pot of different cuisines, it is inevitable that people put their own spin on classic foods. With creativity comes inventions of food that becomes a city’s iconic food and… BEHOLD!
The Chicago Deep Dish and New York Thin Crust.
But let’s be real here, who doesn’t love pizza?! Unfortunately, living in California there is no “iconic” slice of pizza that we can call our own. However, that doesn’t mean that there is a lack of pizza joints here; there is actually an abundance of delicious pizza places to have a lazy dinner or to satisfy those late night munchies.
Since there are many different places to get pizza by the slice in Los Angeles, I was on a mission to determine which pizza place reigns the best. Unfortunately, Los Angeles doesn’t have its own style, so this is mainly based on taste.
Sure, there are many choices to choose from which should be a stop on our pizza trail, but my friend and I mainly planned our route based on reviews and recommendations.
Our first destination was Venice Beach. More specifically, Abbot Kinney.
There are two pizzerias on Abbot Kinney. The first one was
Gjelina Take Away (GTA)
1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Here, there were only 3 types of pizza behind a glass case that were made available: sausage, Margherita, and chorizo. While waiting in line, the chorizo pizza was freshly made so we went with that choice. On top, there were pepperoni slices of chorizo, a thin layer of cheese, onions beneath, and a light layer of red sauce. The toppings and cheese layer slide off very easily as there are only glops of cheese around the pizza, but not a full layer on top. However, it was tasty and different from the usual toppings on a pizza.
Gjelina Take Away was a delicious and a great way to start our pizza crawl!
Down the street is the next stop you can visit on your pizza crawl.
1407 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
There were many types of meat and veggies pizzas but the line was long and not moving, so we decided to leave. Otherwise, I would have chosen to get a slice of the Popeye’s Chicken pizza.
On our mini break, we went to get iced coffee at Intelligentsia, just a few stores down from Abbot Kinney. Intelligentsia is another popular coffee shop on Abbot Kinney aside from Blue Bottle. The line here was out the door and then some. We waited in line for a while to realize that it was very inefficient that we contemplated whether to leave or wait it through.
It was about a 30 minutes drive to our next destination in Larchmont Village, where there are neon lights that fill up a tiny restaurant.
131 N. Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
At Village Pizzeria, there was made-to-order pizza by the slice! Music to my ears!
Rather than choosing our own toppings and creating our pizza slices, we opted in for the clam and garlic slice on a thin crust, which seems to be a Village specialty. We added jalapenos because we like to have some spice in our lives.
During our pizza journey, the goal was to try each pizzeria’s specialties; pizza slices that set them apart from other pizzerias. That way, we wouldn’t be biased in deciding the rankings of each pizzeria.
The tomato sauce on the clam and garlic pizza was different than the chorizo pizza from GTA as it was more of a classic marinara sauce. Although you can’t taste much of the clams, the flavors of clam and garlic complement each other well.
I was skeptical at first, but it was pleasantly delicious! Do order this if you enjoy the taste of clams and garlic. Personally, I thought it was a great balance of clams and garlic, but more clams wouldn’t hurt. The garlic was pretty overpowering and garlicky that after eating this slice, you can ward off vampires for a whole year. That’s perfect for me though, since I believe in more garlic, the better. All in all, I really enjoyed my slice of pizza as it was hot and made to order, so I know it’s fresh!
After our second stop, we were due for another coffee break. This time, we stopped by Coffee for Sasquatch and got a lavender vanilla coffee. I suggest trying their seasonal flavors – the cryptid flavor is very instagrammable!
In Downtown LA, about another 30 minutes drive from Larchmont, is a popular pizza joint owned by a famous skateboarder, Salman Agah. You might be lucky to run into many pro skaters here, as they stop by from time to time.
2019 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Pizzanista! has a generous selection of vegan and vegetarian pizzas. We got the Meat Jesus and Mac and Cheese pizza.
While trying to enjoy our pizzas, the Mac and Cheese got a lot of attention with people sitting next to us and in line peeking at our food and asking how we liked it. Since there was a lot of hype for the Mac and Cheese pizza, I was very excited to try it. Unfortunately, it all fell flat for me and it’s safe for me to say that the Mac and Cheese pizza was certainly only for novelty purposes. The Mac and Cheese pizza was very bland and lacked any flavor, as it solely tasted like macaroni noodles on top of a pizza crust. We ended up taking some of the meats off of the Meat Jesus and adding it on the Mac and Cheese just to add some flavor on to it.
Judging by what we decided to finish and leave behind, the Meat Jesus was definitely better than the Mac and Cheese pizza. I would not recommend the Mac and Cheese pizza but would rather recommend the Meat Jesus. The Mac and Cheese pizza has the potential to be a great slice if there were adjustments made, such as if bacon was added.
We took a break and found an event in Los Angeles. There are many free events that the community and city hold. During our visit, Grand Park was hosting an event called the Winter Glow. There are Christmas lights and decorations throughout the park and is absolutely free to visit.
This was a great way to walk off and digest some of the pizza we ate and I would recommend taking a break in between your pizza crawl so you can eat more pizza afterward!
After walking off our pizzas, we headed over to Platform, a shopping center similar to the Anti-Lab in Costa Mesa. Here, you can find boutique shops and cafes, with more of a lowkey vibe. I absolutely enjoyed the decoration and design of this place!
Located inside Platform is our last pizza stop,
8850 Washington Blvd #104, Culver City, CA 90232
Roberta’s does not have pizza by the slice but the pizza here was delicious indeed. We got the Bee Sting pizza, which came in 4 slices. It was supposed to be a “spicy” pizza, but it was at a level -2 on a scale of 1-10.) Great flavor, nonetheless, but I wish it did sting at least a little bit.
I would recommend this pizza. It was a very great ending to our pizza crawl and left us both very satisfied.
Cheers to the last stop of our delicious journey!
Overall, I would say the pizza crawl was a success and there were no regrets! We left full and happy. Out of all the places, I would recommend the pizza by the slices in the following order: Village Pizzeria, GTA, and Pizzanista! Roberta’s for pizza is a nice added bonus.