Great pizza in the West

Where to get the pizza we crave, Phoenix to Seattle

LA area pizza places
Photo by Jeffery Cross; styling by Karen Shinto

L.A. Area

Antica Pizzeria This is the real deal: authentic Neapolitan pizza that sticks strictly to tradition (don’t let the mall location fool you).

Try: The Pizza del Carcerato, or Prisoner, a Margherita with ricotta cheese hidden in the crust. $; 13455 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey; 310/577-8182.Katie Tamony

Pizzeria Mozza The fennel sausage is made in-house; the oregano is dried whole-branch from Sicily. But the real secret ingredient is Nancy Silverton, who has created the perfect pizza crust.

Try: Goat cheese, leeks, scallions, and bacon.

Tip: Hit Mozza 2 Go (6610 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; 323/297-1130), which opened in summer ’09. $$; 641 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles; 323/297-0101. –Chris Ryan

Tomato Pie It’s an East Coast– style pizza joint in Silver Lake, where you can buy a premium-quality slice and a soda forless than $5. The crust is crispy-chewy superb.

Try: The Grandma, a version of the classic Margherita, with tomatoes crushed by hand and pecorino romano on the rim. $; 2457 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles; 323/661-6474.K.T.

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