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With so much of the focus on hyper-authentic Neapolitan pies and artisanal knife-and-fork creations these days, it's easy to forget about the other great bastion of the pizza world -- the slice joint. The culture of paper-plate pizza might not be as prevalent in Los Angeles as in New York, New Jersey or Philadelphia, but even here you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who could resist the appeal of a wedge of pizza reheated in an oversized industrial oven until its cheese bubbles and its crust reaches a pleasant crispness.
While it doesn't feature buttery buffalo mozzarella or century-old strains of yeast, the slice is a style all its own -- one that won't cost you more than a few bucks and likely will be gobbled up before it has time to cool.
Zach BrooksJoe's Pizza
5. Joe's Pizza
Being the most "authentic" New York pizza in Los Angeles ain't easy: Joe's in Santa Monica has existed under a cloud of litigation for years, thanks to copyright claims from the original Joe's Pizza of Bleecker Street in Manhattan's West Village. But just as the Brooklyn Dodgers moved from the East Coast to paradise, Joe's has thrived in its tiny brick storefront, located a half-block stroll from the palisades overlooking the Santa Monica Pier. Expats point to Joe's cherished New York-style characteristics: an impossibly thin and crunchy crust too wide for flimsy plates; a noticeable lack of "tip sag" when folded lengthwise. The micro-thin layers of mozzarella and sweetish tomato form a kind of dual-textured plasma brought to life when a slice slides into the oven. At $2.75 a slice, it's also one of the cheapest meals in the area, which keeps locals and tourists alike filing in all day. 111 Broadway, Santa Monica; (310) 395-9222, joespizza.com.
Celia SoudrySlice Truck Pizza
4. Slice Truck Pizza
There is a certain level of irony involved with Slice Truck, a food truck that, after two years roaming the streets, transformed into a brick-and-mortar shop on Sawtelle, even while preserving the "truck" portion of its name. In all honesty, the pizza that came out of the original truck was pretty abysmal. But with the new digs came a high-powered oven and a reformulated dough recipe, which afforded the Slice Truck a chance to show off its pungent, garlic-saturated sauce topped with torn basil and hand-shaved Parmesan. The owners like to cite New York's beloved Sicilian pizza shop Di Fara as inspiration, which should be worth points even if they don't match up to their lofty idol. It doesn't get much better on the west side of town, though -- plus, afterward you can get a boba tea next door. 2012 Sawtelle Blvd., W.L.A.; (310) 444-9550, slicetruck.com.
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We need to go check these out! And we'll be the judge... tough job.. we know. ;)
you guys forgot about 9th st pizza, dont rate it by envirnoment but by taste
you may want to check little toni's yelp page, they're on lankershim, people seem to idolize their pizza ;)
2 for 1 Pizza NoHo! #dowork
Maria's Italian Kitchen!
One of our favorite guests Ed pictured at https://www.facebook.com/AngusMitchellSalon has introduced us to Vito's best slice in LA. Thank you to Ed, and thank you to Vito's for bringing us a slice of NYC. We love you both!
Nice to see the Slicetruck guys mentioned.
Despite the TM issues with Joe's, I can assure folks it's a very reliable approximation of what you get in NYC -- for better and worse. I've always found Joe's slices are a little dry benefit immensely from the addition of pepperoni or sausage to provide some grease.
Ultimately, however, I think this list shows the pizza revolution LA is in places that serve whole pies rather than slices. And that really shouldn't surprise anyone since the same is true of NYC. The Golden Age of great slice joints on every New York corner (if it ever existed) is long gone. With the notable exception of DiFara, the great pizza places in NYC tend to be coal-oven joints that only do pies.
800 Degrees in Westwood.... can't believe they added Slice Truck.
You left out Pizzarito in Marina Del Rey!!!!!!!
Lamonica's in Westwood!
I second Joe Peeps!!
Joe Peeps in NoHo. Village Pizza on Larchmont is also a favorite.
Greco's! But only the one in Sherman Oaks, on Van Nuys.
The Coop in Culver city is awesome , its perfection shocked me!
hands down village pizza...greccos is the worst slice in the pizzaverse
Bonello's in San Pedro. THE BEST!!!
Tomato Pie in Silverlake.
garage pizza on sunset
They should add Xlixe in Little Tokyo...awesome!
Those are all great ones but we LOVE Village Pizzeria #friedeggplanttopping
The Downey Pizza Company. Best pizza, hands down!
good to see Pizzanista.. very convenient to the loftdwellers.. and yeah, where's Mulberry? Cathy's gonna be pissed.
Pepe's Pizza on Ventura.
Little Toni's in north Hollywood - everything is great
I'd look at the article...but it's going to be dragged out to seven seperate page views--and lots of crap/snarkey writing in 25 words or less that says absolutely NOTHING. Ladies and Gentlemen, local birdcage liner/fishwrap LA WEEKLY!!!
Little Ceasars, First and Vermont, K-Town!
sincerely wish that Casa Bianca was a slice joint!
mulberry street pizza should be on that list
Two Boots - Silverlake. Or have Pizzeria Regina in Boston's North End send a slice to you.
^Costco's the best CHEAP pizza meal ever, & not shnabby taste-wise (2.50 for a slice 2 pieces wide & a drink)
slicetruck on sawtelle
Abbot's Pizza is overpriced!
Grecco's....closest thing to NY style pizza in the SFV :D IMHO...http://www.grecospizza.com/
Absolutely hysterical. I don't get it, the number one picks always seem to be the worst ones on these lists.Vito's is pretty good, but it basically is "just ok". They fail to have the proper New York crispiness. It's all flat/soggy in the middle, and only slightly crisp towards the edges. It doesn't measure up.If that really is the best slice in LA, then that means the others must all really suck, and LA is a truly sad place for pizza...better to stick with Mozza I guess.Also, Vito's calling their pesto ricotta a bianca is a bit strange...it really isn't anything like any other bianca/o pizza, which usually calls for a blend of cheeses, and sage, perhaps arugula. Mozza does the best version outside of Pizza Bianco in Phoenix.Another seemingly shameful list.Makes me wonder again if Vito's paid for the top spot...it seems like Synder takes kickbacks from these the places that get the #1 spot on these lists. This is almost as bad the MILK fiasco of the milshake list...
garlic-saturated sauce?? there is no garlic in our sauce. -Slicetruck
@micahrzehnder Vito's serves a quintessential New York street slice and has always been reliably crisp on my visits (though I always order "well done" or "extra crispy"). Mozza and Bianco aren't slice joints, so I have no idea why you're mentioning them in this discussion.
Lastly, the suggestion Snyder (or any of the Squid Ink writers) take kickbacks makes you seem like kind of a douche.
@Slicetruck There should be.
@Bigmouth Well...it doesn't live up to the NYC slices I've had. It's not bad, but if that's the best in LA, then it is indeed a sad state.How about you give me the courtesy of actually reading my message before replying to it? It should be incredibly obvious why I mentioned Mozza and Pizz Bianco as relates to what a bianca pie is. Btw, as far as I can tell it's a mistake in this article to call Vito's white pesto and ricotta pie a bianca, as Vito's doesn't call it that in their shop.So, shoddy writing/reporting. In addition they obviously messed up on the Slice Truck, since they posted here saying their sauce has no garlic. More shoddy writing.Publicly insulting someone for no reason is more of a douche move than calling out people whose job it is to construct high quality lists of the best foods who keep putting either BAD, or just mediocre places in the number 1 slots on their top 10 lists.It's not an isolated condition. I've found over and over that the number 1 place on these lists is the WORST on the list. It's completely ridiculous, and absolutely within my rights to question whether these guys take kickbacks for the number 1 spot based on my experiences.I'll give Vito's another shot I guess. It would be quite good if they could get the crust crispy like in NYC, because they have the thinness down, and the white pesto ricotta pie is otherwise pretty damn good. I gave them a lengthy, review on yelp here:http://www.yelp.com/user_details_review_search?userid=XslJLDxm1Lkehq6w3CdXZQ&q=vito
@micahrzehnder Only slice I liked at Bleecker Street was the Nonna Maria. Check out Tomato Pie's Grandma slice for something similar.
@Bigmouth What makes the white pesto pie at Vito's a bianca pie?...I cited the origins of bianca/o pizza...under the definitions/parameters, what qualifies Vito's white pie as a biacna/o pie?...If it was just one of the lists I would agree it's a bit paranoid, but it's TREND with these top 5/10 lists on here, and it seems somewhat recent. It's not just me, I have friends that have joined me and agree that something is very fishy about the number 1 picks on these lists being generally worse than the other picks. But most people who read these are just going to go try whatever is number 1.Maybe no one is being paid off, but in that case there's some shoddy food writing going on, which is almost worse.I mean, if Vito's really deserves the top spot here, then I don't dare even try anything else on the list, as they must all suck. Shouldn't the BEST slice in LA be somehow above the minimum threshold for "a decent slice"? I ate at a bunch of the places in NYC. I guess you have more experience. I guess I'm still looking for something like Bleecker St Pizza's slices. I was hopeful with Vitos...maybe you have to order them "extra crispy" like you said. I guess I'll go give them a second chance based on this information.
@micahrzehnder What NYC street slices have you tried? I lived there for many years, ate a lot of pizza, and am pretty familiar with what's available. Vito's would do just fine there.
My point about Mozza and Bianca is that this is a piece about slice joints. No one would dispute they do better bianco pies than Vito's. It's an apples-to-oranges comparison.
As for your accusations of kickbacks, it's your right to say what you wish. But it's a dick move --not to mention paranoid -- to turn a simple disagreement over food preferences into a conspiracy.
Vito's is routinely mentioned among the best in the city. It's rated highly on Yelp and routinely gets mentioned in discussions on Chowound. Vito isn't paying all those people off. I promise.