Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria sates appetites with a slew of handmade pizzas, fresh toppings, and casual Italian fare at 17 Los Angeles–area locations. Menus vary by location, and include specialty pies such as the garlic-chicken pizza or a build-your-own-calzone option that supplies more than 40 toppings to stuff inside freshly made calzone dough. Gluten-free and whole-wheat crusts address dietary preferences, and catering service transports piping-hot morsels directly to birthday parties or traffic-court dates. Customers can also pick up a free birthday pizza on the day of their birth.
The specialists at Fratelli's New York Pizza craft pies in true Big Apple fashion. And true to the literally gigantic fruit that city is named for, they don't skimp on the toppings. The signature Fratelli arrives loaded with pepperoni, sausage, and meatballs, while the eggplant pizza piles on flavor with breaded veggies and ricotta cheese. But the marinara-phobic need not worry—dozens of other items populate the eatery's casual Italian menu. Classic pastas, thick hero sandwiches, and crisp salads can also fill tables. And to insure convenience, every mouthful can be enjoyed in-house, or taken to go with carryout and delivery services.
“[It’s] the best pizza I’ve found in Los Angeles,” says comedian and recognized Italian Ray Romano about D’Amore’s Pizza. He’s not the only star to fall for the authentic slices: owner Joe D’Amore has shipped his cracker-thin crusts to destinations across Hollywood, including the set of Two and a Half Men and Jennifer Garner’s house. Whether he’s serving an A-lister or the average hungry citizen, Joe bakes all of his cheesy treats to-order inside a stationary brick oven or an innovative oven on wheels.
D’Amore’s traditional methods and tempting taste are a family legacy. Born and raised in an Italian family in Boston, Joe D’Amore grew up savoring his grandmother Mommanonna's handmade pizzas—a meal he would miss upon moving to California. Joe asked his grandmother to join him out west and show him the secrets to her trade, but when she pulled the pie out of the oven, something wasn't quiet right. Mommanonna immediately knew that the California water was sabotaging her famous cracker-thin crust, and urged Joe to bring water from Boston. Today, he takes the practice a step further, importing water from Italy along with olive oil, flour, and pizza wheels carved by Michelangelo.
Numero Uno Pizza has been cheesing up Chicago–style deep dish and spinning out New York–style pies since 1973. The pizza spot's menu, brimming with eight specialty pizzas ($14.95+ for a medium), travels from the shores of Hawaii with pineapple chunks and canadian bacon to the sands of Santa Fe with smoky barbecue sauce and chicken breast. Pie aficionados orchestrate their own masterpieces from a choice of crusts ($4.95 for a 7” individual) lavished with a selection of 20+ toppings such as feta cheese, pepperoncini peppers, and artichoke hearts ($0.75–$1.95 each). Diners can close the hatch of a genoa-salami-and-cheese submarine ($8.95 for a footlong) and venture into the depths of the ocean, or climb up mountains of triple-chocolate Blackout cake ($4.95) in search of glory and napkins.