Thursday, May 25, 2017

Current Pizza Crush: Pizzana's Messicana.

What: The "Messicana."
Where: Pizzana (11712 San Vicente Blvd, Brentwood).

Why: I know, I know. I just stated my new favorite LA pizza last week. But amorous Kelly Kapoor-esque pie flirtations can be fleeting. And in today's LA, there's a new good pizza shop popping up here, there and everywhere. I consider it my task to keep you aware of the new-new. 

Pizzana is the new, cool kid on the block and the Messicana is their signature, most distinctive pizza. For a spot that prides itself on SoCal twists of Neopolitian classics, there's not a more ample representation than this multi-colored beauty. Akin to Abbot Kinney bringing Venice's canals to the Southland, Pizzana's pizzaiolo Danielle Uditi's pie unites The Boot and the Stars and Stripes, with a touch of our Southern brethren. (Sorry, that was incredibly hyperbolic and I apologize.) The Messicana, an ode to the Italian Uditi's Mexican better half, features chorizo cups, pickled sweet chile, jalapeƱo, queso fresco and spontaneous squirts of a not overwhelming, yet flavor-packed cilantro-lime sauce. It's a Southern California taco, in a light and chewy, yet sturdy Southern Italian crust. Despite the influences -- unlike many a poor BBQ Chicken pie -- you know you're eating pizza. 

Very, very good pizza.

I also highly recommend Pizzana's Pepperoni. The cute 'ronis also come via cuppage, which seems to be all the rage these days. Except their thicker and meatier compared to their chorizo counterparts. Although the "personal" pizzas are a bit pricey (both the aforementioned are $18), at 11", they're both rather sizable compared to normal LA personals and could probably feed 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 people per. Furthermore, the flour is a proprietal Pizzana blend and the mozz shipped in multiple times a week from Italy. You can taste it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Favorite Pizza in LA Right Now...

What: "The Sicilian" Square Pie. 

Where: Prime Pizza (446 N. Fairfax Avenue, LA).

Why: I know what you're going through. I feel the same: in the time of Trump, every night feels like a Pizza Night. Every goddamn day I get home and immediately want to put on my athleisures, fire up the AppleTV to a "House Hunters" I somehow haven't seen and just EAT. Really, really eat

Prime's Sicilian is perfect for these times. It's HUGE, thick and filling (seriously one slice probably can do the trick). The crushed tomato sauce oozes freshness, while the pesto pops both in appearance and taste. I don't know for a fact, but my guess is they make it fresh daily (after all this is the pizza joint that actually smokes the chicken on their BBQ Chicken 'za). There's also not one, but two cheeses in a stretchy mozz and a ballpark of ricotta. And then there's that crunch. Oh, man, that crunch! Like all good square pies, almost every bite of the Sicilian begins and ends with the crispness that comes via a magical chemistry experiment between the cheese, the dough, the oil and the pan that results in a beautiful, delicious caramelization. 

During a dark period in our country where you almost can't take anything at face value, Prime Pizza's Sicilian is as good as it looks. It is the Anti-Trump.

Available via slice or whole pie.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sweet. LA's Best Soft Serve FREE In Tarzana Tomorrow.

Magpie's, purveyors of LA's top artisanal soft-serve, opens their second Southland location tomorrow, May 9th, in Tarzana. To sweeten the pot: they are SWIRLING FOR FREE ALL DAY, 11am to 9 pm. That's right, the city's finest soft serve ice cream makers are coming to the heart of the valley, just in time for temps to the warm the eff up. And, to make sure you're aware, they're giving out their incredible product pro bono.

For those who don't know about Magpie's... what's your problem? Where you been, bro? Founded by former Westside Tavern chef Warren Schwartz and his fellow culinary master wife, Rose, Magpie's opened in Silver Lake last year to much fan fare. Featuring half dairy and half vegan flavors that are so good you seriously can't tell the difference (I'm serious; their Corn Almond tastes as good, or better, than any dairy soft serve I've ever had), they rotate flavors often.

If incredible 'cream wasn't enough, Magpie's also makes all their toppings in house, from scratch. I'm particularly fond of the Dark Chocolate Covered Honeycomb and Hazelnut Wafers.

With a similar set up and menu, they open their Tarzana location tomorrow at 18971 Ventura Blvd with freebies all day. From henceforth, they will be open daily from 11-9.