My family -- my wife, my 2-year-old daughter, and I -- are officially obsessed with pizza this week. We moved (from Sherman Oaks to Sherman Oaks) and for various reasons did not have a fridge for a full week, ending today I hope. So it became sort of an excuse to eat a lot of pizza. We like El Greco's and Spumoni in the valley, and flung to Mozza and Mulberry and Vito's and Jacopo's on the other side of the hill. We even ordered Domino's one night (horrid).
Here's the upshot. We love Mozza, especially the fennel sausage pie. Most others mentioned are pretty good. But Vito's absolutely blew our minds. We tried most every slice available and each was special and delicious. The pesto one is ridiculously good. The Mediteranean Veggie is stunning and I don't like veggie pizza. It all goes down so easy because for some reason the crust is just perfect and completely unobtrusive in the best sense. I'm from New York and have had a lot of good pizza there but somehow this crust seems like the ideal. Granted, I talked to Vito for awhile and told him how much I loved his pizza and he brainwashed me further with his insistence that absolutely no one in L.A. takes pride in ingredients and craft the way he does. He says he's the only guy around making his own yeast. He says he could work with Nancy Silverton for half an hour and fix some of her problems with her dough and how she puts the toppings on her pies.
Okay, I'm in danger of thinking Vito's is the ONLY pizza in L.A. Please help me out. Send me someplace new and off the radar. It can be a fancy Italian restuarant, it can be a hole in the wall, it can be some random thing like a Thai pizza. (Note: I had Casa Bianca about a year ago and was underwhelmed, but I don't really remember why)