Hot wings, New York-style pizza, and Philly steak sandwiches may be the signature foods of the east coast, but it's hard to imagine any restaurant treating them with more reverence than west-coast franchise Alondra Hot Wings. The eponymous wings are the house specialty, hot and slathered in one of 18 sauces. Ranked on a scale from mild to atomic?which requires a waiver to order?the sauces also include flavors such as lemon pepper, spicy barbecue, maple syrup, and thai chili.
Alondra's other major influence is written all over the menu?and the walls. Mug shots of famous mafiosi hang throughout the dining room, and the owners are so fascinated by the subject that their website even offers tutorials in mob history. Also from that old Italian-American milieu: pizzas built on from-scratch dough, bearing names such as The Godfather?a hearty amalgam of four meats?and the Little Italy, which flecks chicken breast with basil. Draft beer and wine help mouths cool down after biting into a hot wing or almost insulting the ghost of Al Capone.
“[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.
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.
Craving pizza? Head on over to Los Angeles' Crispy Crust for a tasty slice with a crust you can't resist. Crispy Crust is also a great pick for restricted eaters, with plenty of low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free items on the menu. No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Crispy Crust. Get your whole crew together at Crispy Crust, offering lots of special space for larger parties.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Crispy Crust. No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Crispy Crust is ultra casual. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Crispy Crust as well.
If preferred, diners can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
You'll like your bill almost as much as your meal at Crispy Crust, with meals usually costing less than $15. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Crispy Crust, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Reserve a table for two! North End Pizzeria specializes in intimate Italian cuisine for those looking to add some romance to dinner. You'll find a delicious selection of pizzas and pastas. No need to miss out on North End Pizzeria just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The pizzeria has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Gather the whole family for a trip to North End Pizzeria — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. Wireless internet access is just a click away at North End Pizzeria. North End Pizzeria's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
For the tastes of North End Pizzeria from the comfort of your next party, the pizzeria also offers catering services.
Tabs at North End Pizzeria almost never exceed $15, so it's a great low-cost option for any time. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy North End Pizzeria since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For pasta with a twist, try Spumoni Italian Cafe, a stylish spot for Italian cuisine. Delectable pizzas and pastas feature prominently on the restaurant's menu. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Spumoni Italian Cafe. Warm weather brings out Spumoni Italian Cafe's highly coveted patio seating.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Spumoni Italian Cafe for catering.
Pull into a parking space in the neighboring lot, or take advantage of the restaurant's valet service. If the lot is crowded, diners can search for street parking.
Prices at Spumoni Italian Cafe typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.