I just made what I’m sure will be my best food discovery of the year (and it’s only January!) — Pellicola Pizzeria in Downtown Los Angeles . A film aficionado’s pizza paradise, the Neopolitan-meets-NYC-style pizzeria serves up gourmet pies whole or by the slice from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Rumor has it they will be open for lunch soon!)
The brainchild of L.A. bar czar Cedd Moses (Seven Grand, Cole’s, Caña Rum Bar) and N.Y.C. “pizza master” Giulio Adriani (Forcella), Pellicola blends New York-style pizza with Neopolitan flavors for the perfect — and I do mean perfect — pizza. The crust is indescribably light, crunchy and sturdy; the sauces are to die for; and the shape is perfectly foldable. It’s the best pizza I’ve ever had in Los Angeles, even better than Village Pizzeria and Xlixe (sorry, guys). I’ve only tried the Nonna Maria (San Marzano tomato sauce, house-made mozzarella, basil, olive oil, parmesan), the Tricolore (San Marzano tomato sauce, truffle oil, house-made pesto) and the Nutella (double pizza crust, nutella, sliced almonds, powdered sugar), but I’ll be trying every flavor before Spring; I guarantee it. Check out the full menu here.
“Pellicola” means “film” in Italian, and this place certainly lives up to its name with a logo modeled after famed Italian film director Federico Fellini’s Amarcord and nightly projections of old films against the storefront. (All I’ve ever seen playing is La Dolce Vita, but that’s fine by me!) The space is tiny, but worth hanging out in should you want to stay and soak up the casual hipster vibe. A former D-Town Burger Bar, Pellicola has retained the old penny tile flooring and exposed brick walls but now has a whole new vibe with dim lighting, a subway-tiled open kitchen, white oak paneling and vintage details like an old heavy-duty scale by the counter. Oh, and the staff is pretty cool, too.
Situated on a darkish (smelly) street across from The Vault nightclub and between bars Ham & Eggs Tavern and Golden Gopher, Pellicola likely will cater to a lot of clubgoers and nearby residents for now — myself included. But expect to see lots of former and visiting New Yorkers lining up by the dozen soon. As La Dolce Vita’s Emma would say, “Mangia! Mangia!”
Pellicola is located at 421 W. 8th St., between Olive and Hill streets. To place a pick-up or delivery order, call (213) 614-8000.