Merrill Shindler - Senior Zagat Editor

Merrill Shindler

L.A. Senior Zagat Editor
Take a look in any handy dandy dictionary of Italian food (I use a nifty one called The Taste of Italy, published by MacMillan, a companion volume to The Taste of France), and you'll find that, at least technically speaking, a pizza is just, well, a pie.

My dictionary defines pizza as a "Round of yeast dough spread with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, anchovies and herbs, baked in a brick oven--the classic pizza alla Napoletana, as sold in the pizzerias of Naples. Also: pizza Margherita, with tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan, after an Italian queen; pizza alla marinara, with tomatoes and garlic, the traditional homemade version; pizza alla Romana, with onions, or with anchovies, mozzarella and parmesan."

It all sounds so simple -- just a pastry topped with cheese and flavorings. And yet, clearly, pizza means so much more to us than just a flavored starch concoction. Growing up in New York in the Fifties, my favorite treats were alternately a knish and a "slice." So closely integrated into my existence was that 15 cent slice of pizza, that I think I began to believe it one of the dishes my forbears had eaten in between pogroms. To me, it was a variation on matzoh, only not quite as flat, and not quite as dull.

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13726 Oxnard Street
Valley Glen, CA 91401
(818) 782-­6004 See the location of Barone's - The Original on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian
Services: Authentic, Family Style, Dinner, Private Dining, Takeout, Reservations
 
11946 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 358-­2233 See the location of Pepe's NY Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
Services: Authentic, Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Delivery
10604 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 762-­2335 See the location of Pepe's NY Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
Services: Authentic, Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Delivery
6209 Topanga Canyon
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 887-­4770 See the location of Pizza Cookery on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta
Services: Affordable Dining, Authentic, Family Style, Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Delivery
4386 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 769-­5241 See the location of Angelino Cucina on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
Services: Authentic, Family Style, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Delivery, Reservations
4201 W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 563-­2426 See the location of Ciao Cristina! on a map Map
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta, Vegan, Vegetarian
Services: Authentic, Entertainment, Live Music, Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Catering, Takeout, Delivery, Reservations
4822 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA 91607
(818) 980-­8555 See the location of Danielle's Wood Fired Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
Services: Authentic, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery
8650 Lindley Ave.
Northridge, CA 91325
(818) 701-­0366 See the location of Guidos Pizza and Pasta on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
Services: Authentic, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery
12050 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 762-­3330 See the location of Sammy's Woodfried Pizza and Grill on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza, Italian
Services: Authentic, Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
4319 Woodman Avenue
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 784-­3226 See the location of Santino's NY Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
Services: Authentic, Outdoor Seating, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Delivery
11045 Balboa Boulevard
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 832-­2333 See the location of Vincenzo's Pizza on a map Map
Cuisine: Pizza
Services: Authentic, Family Style, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery