Garlic Jim's menu was hand-crafted with nothing more than a dream and an incredible reserve of pizza-making expertise. To achieve customization without the stress of having to choose, turn to one of the 12 pre-determined specialties. Meat-maul hunger with the Hercules (salami, pepperoni, canadian bacon, beef, spicy italian sausage, and bacon), or vindicate vegetables with Jim's Veggie pie (green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, red onions, and black olives). For an additional $3, any medium or large pizza crust can be made gluten-free.
“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.
With more than 20 high-def televisions festooning their walls, Draughts Restaurant & Bar applies a full-court press to unsportsmanlike hunger with a menu that bursts at the seams with American eats and a monster selection of draught beers. Unlike marriages between roller-skates and quicksand, a glass of "Draughts" Amber Ale perfectly suits the Long Board specialty pizza ($9.95 personal, $16.95 medium, $21.95 large), which crowns fresh dough made from scratch with shrimp brushed with olive oil and garlic, and mozzarella and fontina cheeses. Or, pit a pint against Draughts' full menu of appetizers ($2.65-$10.50), sandwiches ($7.95-$11.95), pastas ($2.50-$14.95), and desserts.
The founders of zpizza think of their pies as edible art and imbue each slice with things that are good for you, from organic flour and tomato sauce to rich Wisconsin cheese from grass-fed, hormone-free cows. Innovative topping combinations create a menu of distinctive pizzas such as the Tuscan with cremini and shitake mushrooms and the curry chicken and yam with mango chutney. Classic cheese and pepperoni pies also emerge from the oven with distinctive crispy crusts, which are hand-thrown each day using regular, whole wheat, or gluten-free dough.
Erupting cheers herald hopeful high-fives as Magoo's Sports Grill's 30 televisions broadcast yet another touchdown. Or homerun. Or pads-off, trash-talking battle royal. Regardless, athletics spill from the bar's innumerable televisions, and the kitchen sates sports fans with a full menu of hearty sandwiches, specialty pizzas, and decadent desserts. Time-tested domestic beers from Coors and Budweiser welcome craft brews such as Stella Artois and Sierra Nevada to the beer-and-wine bar, where bartenders pour suds into 10-ounce glasses, 20-ounce schooners, and one-gallon pitchers that may also be used as a makeshift apple-bobbing bucket.