The eponymous hot wings are the house specialty, fried and served with ranch or bleu-cheese dressing, as well as celery and carrot sticks. Choose two sauces to accompany your platter of poignant poultry; options are ranked on a scale from mild to suicide and include such varietals as lemon pepper, spicy BBQ, maple syrup, and Thai chili. Sate burgeoning grumbles with a six-piece platter ($7.25) served with fries, or go deep and gobble up a 50-wing platter ($25.95) and finally prove to friends that commissioning a T-shirt made of wet wipes was a good idea.
The chefs at FalconesPizza can cater to any pizza palate. Depending on a customer's personal tastes, they toss crusts that are hearty and thick or as thin as the parchment from which Leonardo da Vinci placed his first take-out order. Toppings, too, range from traditional flavors, such as the pesto, garlic, tomatoes, and fresh basil that make up the Napoli, to the inventive combination atop the shrimp pizza, which pairs succulent seafood with chorizo, pepperoni, and onions. Italian meats such as mortadella and capacolla join fresh mozzarella on salads and sandwiches, and family-style trays of baked ziti or lasagna keep large groups from taking over a grocery store.
Pizza shapers at the family-owned Pappadoz eatery ornament freshly baked crust canvases with signature house-made tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and a slew of gourmet ingredients. Specialty pies showcase barbecue-chicken breast or a medley of vegetarian toppings, and large calzones envelop mozzarella cheese and gourmet fixings like a warm parka zipped around a chilly parakeet. Freshly sliced 10-inch subs and pastas provide flavorful sustenance for pizza renouncers, and smoothies eschew added sugars in favor of natural fruits. Customers can perch upon stools within the cozy shop, connecting to complimentary WiFi and using a charging dock to keep their cell phones, laptops, and electronic tie racks working briskly.
From its generations-old recipes to its renowned singing waiters, Miceli's Italian Restaurant is steeped in tradition. The father of the current owners moved to California after World War II, bringing with him two brothers, two sisters, and a host of family recipes from Sicily. Beginning in 1949, they helped to introduce pizza to the old Hollywood crowd in a boisterous space with a detailed mural of a rural Italian scene. Celebrity sightings became a Miceli's tradition; the restaurant has been a rumored hotspot for stars past and present including Lucille Ball, the Beatles, and Marilyn Monroe, who loved pizza and helped to teach America that some people like it hot.
Joe Miceli now owns and operates two locations with his brother Frank, a trained chef. Stained-glass windows add to the eatery's welcoming family atmosphere as diners sit around tables in ornate wooden chairs. A collection of wine bottles hangs over tables loaded with specialties such as pizza with bay shrimp and fresh garlic or creamy pesto fettuccine with a signature romano-cheese sauce. As they deliver bottles of wine from as nearby as Napa and as far away as Tuscany, the wait staff sings classic Italian arias, show tunes, and all nine verses of the birthday song.
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.
Casa De Pizza’s Sinatra Room takes its name from a visit from the legendary crooner, who reputedly left a $900 tip after sampling one of their pies. The room is filled with autographed Sinatra photos, records, and portraits—and on Thursday nights, his music is recreated by tribute band The Sounds of Sinatra. As for the specialty pizzas that sparked this fervor, they still slide atop black-and-white checkered tablecloths sporting a specially seasoned sauce and 100% whole milk mozzarella cheese. LA Weekly had this to say about the pizza rustica’s blend of capers, Mediterranean olives, and Romano cheese: “Even if you loathe Sinatra, you’ll walk out the door singing this pizza’s praises.” The pizzeria also sates appetites with classic Italian dishes such as baked cannelloni and angel hair pomidora.