DeSano Pizza Bakery

4959 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Critics' Pick
DeSano Pizza Bakery +

Photo: Anne Fishbein


  • Daily, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Lunch, Dinner
DeSano's Diavola pizza, with spicy salami, pepperoni and (about three) Calabrian peppers, will relieve an ex-New Yorker's itch for a New York street slice. It has the same thin crust, same foldability, same orange oil slick on top.But these are not pizzas that travel well, and much of the magic of the pies is lost between first and second slice, even when sitting in the restaurant. Given the cold-from-the-fridge-at-2 a.m. test, the result is much like cardboard. That first slice, though, is pretty damn tasty. It's not like the best pizza in Italy (or Atlanta). It's more like the quick-and-dirty pizza you might get on the street in Italy — which is still pretty great by L.A. standards. Read our review of DeSano Pizza Bakery.

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