Unlike cinematic love scenes, cuisine can be enjoyed in the company of parents without embarrassment. Dodge future moments of uneasiness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of East Coast–style pizza, sandwiches, and more at D’Amore’s Pizza on West Third Street.
Voted Best Pizza in the Nation by Citysearch in 2002, D’Amore’s specializes in East Coast–style pies, toasty sandwiches, and saucy pastas made from fresh, healthy ingredients. Owner Joe D’Amore’s passion for homespun pizza translates to a choice of fine fixings. Made with Boston-tapped water, golden-brown crusts are topped with wholesome Wisconsin cheeses and tomatoes, which are picked and coddled at peak sweetness during July harvests.
Tour the taste-bud tempting menu, which showcases a variety of specialty pizzas baked to crispy perfection in brick ovens. Chow down on a medium specialty pie ($19.95), such as pizza bianco, a sauceless smorgasbord piled with spinach, sautéed onion, garlic, roasted peppers, ricotta, romano, and mozzarella, or a meat-lovers special mounded with pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, Canadian bacon, and salami. Customize a signature thin-crust neapolitan pie (starting at $14.95), or amass a collection of slices ($3.25–$3.75) to complete a pizza puzzle depicting a young Marco Polo victoriously conquering his fear of heights.
Since these pizza pros use fresh, flavorful ingredients, none of their pies require trans fats, MSG, hydrogenated oils, lard, added sugars, or warlock spells to amplify tastiness. D’Amore’s also offers authentic Italian fare, such as eggplant parmigiana ($13.95) and baked ziti with sausage ($10.95), as well as crusty meatball subs ($7.95) and grilled veggie paninis ($9.95).
Zagat gives the food at D'Amore's Pizza a 20. Food blog LA Pizza gives D'Amore's four out of five slices. More than 30 Yelpers give D'Amore's in West Los Angeles an average of 3.5 stars, and 60% of Urbanspooners recommend it. More than 1,000 Facebookers are fans of D'Amore's pizza.
“[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.
8369 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, California 90048Get Directions