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5 Best Pizza Slice Joints in Los Angeles

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Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM

click to enlarge The Margherita pizza from Pizzanista - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • The Margherita pizza from Pizzanista
Anne Fishbein
The Margherita pizza from Pizzanista
From our 2012 Restaurant Issue, celebrating everything pizza in L.A.

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.

click to enlarge Joe's Pizza - ZACH BROOKS
  • Zach Brooks
  • Joe'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.

click to enlarge Slice Truck Pizza - CELIA SOUDRY
  • Celia Soudry
  • Slice 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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