“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.
Appearing in a puff of glitter at parties across Southern California, the beloved heroines and heroes of Tiara Princess Parties bring the dreams of little ones to life. Actors and actresses come in costume as enchanted royals, beautiful fish people, famous fairies, and even a few caped crusaders. With the help of a grab bag of activities and games, they lead birthday songs; twist balloons into swords, animals, or divine mandates to rule; and pose for plenty of photos to help blow the minds of pals who couldn’t attend.
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.
Beginning a roadside stand in Guasave, Mexico back in 1975, the crave-worthy flavor of El Pollo Loco’s tender, flame-grilled chicken quickly spread—in between bites—by word of mouth. The marinate’s family recipe of herbs, spices, and fresh citrus juices was soon in production across a handful of locations in Northern Mexico, and by 1980, El Pollo Loco’s first location opened up across the border, in Los Angeles. Today, the process streamlined, El Pollo Loco’s same flame-broiled chicken populates burritos, tacos, and plates piled high with fresh salsa, rice, and beans.
From the frozen lemon groves of Naples, where lemons blossom without the aid of scarf or parka, come the crisply cutting origins of frozen lemonade. The beverage took the thirsty lungs of Rhode Island by lemon-storm, and the message has seeped across the nation's straws all the way to the west coast. Del's hydrates in eight different styles with the flavors of lemon, lemon-lite, watermelon, cherry, peach-mango, blueberry, pomegranate, and grapefruit pouring out of the patented slaking hose. The frozen treat has a delicious, snow-like consistency that's created without the aid of dairy or gluten. You can sip or spoon out of containers that come in small ($2), medium ($2.50), large ($3.25), jumbo ($4.25), quarts ($5.50), half gallons ($11), and of the gallon variety ($22).