According to legend, pizza was first introduced to Los Angeles in 1939 by Patsy and Franklin D’Amore—brothers and restaurateurs from New York City who won endorsement from celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and James Dean. Ten years later, LA locals flocked to the D’Amore stand at the farmers’ market to get a taste of Patsy’s pies at the going rate of 20 cents a slice. Today, purists can still find LA’s original pizza at the market, but the competition has grown considerably. Thanks to a flock of Neapolitan-trained chefs and an abundance of fresh, local ingredients, LA-style pizza has managed to build upon its East Coast roots to become a culinary tradition in its own right.
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