?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.
Dozens of anxious shoppers line up on the sidewalk, peering through a glossy store window for any sign of activity. After what seems like hours, a door swings open and visitors flood the shop to glimpse the object of their anticipation: newly released Dave White Air Jordan basketball shoes. The staffers at Millennium Shoes are not new to this kind of commotion, since many passionate shoe buffs routinely make the trek to the shop's poured-concrete floors to pick up eye-catching sneakers from brands such as Nike, Jordan, and Reebok. Alongside the trove of classic and designer kicks, sporty apparel and accessories by Stussy, Silvano, and Mitchell & Ness cloak upper halves, complementing newfound footwear and keeping hair from attempting to lace itself for attention. In addition to its bustling limited-edition releases, Millennium Shoes entertains visitors with a range of special events, including video-game tournaments and guest appearances by NBA players.
Kreations Event Services is the brainchild of the Anderson family and showcases the edible masterpieces of Chef Kenneth Anderson. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts? Hollywood branch, he became a personal chef to several celebrities, including Tim Allen. Today, he and his wife, Kira, focus on personal gatherings and weddings, for which they provide catering, floral designs, and event-planning services.
Making a cupcake from the Cherry Coke and pretzels you bought at a convenience store probably won't win you any prizes, but for Kim Thurman and Kim Aeck, it did. It was this combination (plus some licorice) that brought the duo the win when they appeared on the second season of the Food Network's Cupcake Wars. Together the two Kims run Bake You Happy, a labor of love born out of early-morning pre-workout conversations about baking, during which they'd trade recipes and share tips. Soon they joined forces and opened Bake You Happy—and from all the great press, they've garnered, it's safe to say they're on the right track. And that's not even to mention they were just named Best Cupcakes, Cakes, and Desserts 2013 by readers of The Signal. Their specialty is cakes, in many different forms: cupcakes, cake pops, cupcake jars, and custom cakes. All items are baked using high-quality ingredients, including dutch cocoa, butter, cream, and real vanilla bean. The menu of flavors includes more than 85 varieties.
The black-and-white décor at Prizzi’s pops with red accents, from the modern heat lamps hanging by the kitchen to the cherry-red aprons of the friendly wait staff. White tablecloths bear dishes such as lunch paninis and oven-baked pizzas in thin crust or deep dish. Forks twirl steaming noodles alongside steak and seafood immersed in savory wine sauces. After sipping a brew and noshing fried starters at the smooth wooden bar, patrons can tackle gelato scoops on the outdoor patio to achieve the chilled relaxation that usually accompanies a nap on a living-room sofa carved out of ice.