Pizza Primer on Melrose Avenue

Pizza Primer on Melrose Avenue

You may have heard the rumor that Los Angeles doesn’t know a thing about pizza, and basically only New York and Chicago have got it down. That’s totally not true, and whether or not the country cares to admit it, WE know there are plenty of excellent options in our city. Several are right here on Melrose Avenue. So if you’re jonesing for some pizza, consider these pieslingers.

Not saying there’s anything wrong with New York pizza, ‘cause there’s not. If you’re in that state of mind, do it right at Frankies New York Italian Restaurant. Frankie and his family are from NY, and make all their meals homey, easy coast-y, and well into the night (the kitchen’s open until midnight – WHAT?!). Only four pizza options here because how many more do you need? Sausage, peppers, and onions – done!

Frankie’s On Melrose

7228 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Monday – Friday, noon – midnight,
Saturday 5p – midnight, Sunday 5p – 10p

Sal’s Vienna Café stays fairly traditional, offering big pies with a slightly spicy tomato sauce and just enough cheese to hold some eggplant, artichokes, maybe a little prosciutto. You want a foldable slice that doesn’t fall apart or dump its contents on your lap, and that’s how they make ‘em at Sal’s.

Sal’s Vienna Cafe

7356 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Daily 8a – 11p

A little joint with a lot of choices, Tomato Pie Pizza Joint lets you do it your way. Thin, square, deep dish, gluten-free crust options are customizable with meats that are free of garbage (hormones, nitrates, antibiotics, MSG), pasteurized cheese (with a vegan option), and fresh herbs and veggies. Go spicy, go veg, or heck, try a pesto sauce.

Tomato Pie Pizza Joint

TomatoPie7751 1/2 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Daily 11a – 10p

Old school pizzamaking with new school attitude. That’s Lucifer’s Pizza. All fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, everything made by hand, flavor palettes pulled from cuisine all over the world like Thai satay chicken and Greek lamb and rosemary make this a great stop for both the traditionalist as well as the adventuresome. Gluten-free and vegan options are available.

Lucifer’s Pizza

Lucifers7123 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Daily 11a – 11p

If reservations are suggested, you know your’re not in for a typical pizza experience. Pizzeria Mozza elevates the pie in ways you really must taste to believe. To call it food art might diminish how truly decadent and satisfying these gourmet pizzas are. Squash blossoms with tomato and burrata might be one of the simplest options. Egg, bacon, yukon gold potato, and bermuda onions is a breakfast for any hour.

Pizzeria Mozza

Mozza641 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
Daily noon – midnight

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.