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Pizza Frenzy

While L.A. may not be an obvious pizza destination like New York or Chicago, West Coast pies don’t lack in character or variety. There’s something for everyone in the City of Angels, as evidenced by these five delectable and diverse pizzerias.

Dough Pizzeria & Bar’s Mediterranean option

1. DeSano Pizza Bakery
Housed in a converted auto shop, L.A.’s newest Neapolitan pizzeria comes to East Hollywood by way of Nashville. And if that doesn’t seem authentic, consider that both the buffalo mozzarella and the chef are flown in directly from Salerno, Italy. 4959 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood, 323.913.7000
 

2. Milo & Olive
The only complaint about this popular bakery and pizzeria’s excellent wood-fired pies is the lack of elbow room to enjoy them. Luckily, it recently announced an expansion into the space next door. 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776
 

3. Hollywood Pies
In three years, this Chicago-style pizzeria has gone through four temporary locations before settling into a permanent location in Mid-City. But deep-dish aficionados can rest easy: The recently opened Mid-City pie shop is finally here to stay. 6116 1/2 W. Pico Blvd., Mid-City, 323.337.3212
 

4. 800 Degrees
This pizza-in-a-minute chain from the guys behind Umami Burger just opened its newest location in Santa Monica. Outposts in downtown, Pasadena and Playa Vista are up next. 120 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.566.0801
 

5. Dough Pizzeria & Bar
If an award existed for craziest pizza in L.A., this new Sunset Strip restaurant would snag it with its Chicken ‘n’ Waffles pizza. Red sauce and cheese are hardly missed in the face of Granny Smith apples, Italian waffle cookies and chicken fried in a Cinnamon Toast Crunch batter. 8947 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.275.7770