Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Umami Mia!

The burger guys address pizza, in 60 seconds



LA's Game of Thrones goes something like this: Father's Office reigned burger supreme for a decade until Umami came around, dividing the meat-eating masses into two camps.

This week, Umami's mastermind chefs turn their attention to pizza, challenging Mozza for lord of all things pie.

Their secret weapon? The oven that cooks Neapolitan pizzas in 60 seconds is also the restaurant's namesake: 800 Degrees.

Stop in and find a charming neighborhood spot with pressed tin ceilings, subway tiles, and objets d’ art: two enormous wood-burning ovens and a prosciutto slicer that slices ultra-thin and velvety La Quercia Iowa.

Starting at just $5, these jiffy pies with California tomatoes and DiStefano mozzarella beg for toppings of your choice: pickled peppers, pine nuts, salame, capers, anchovies, arugula, even an egg. 

There’s also a burrata bar and plans for a small selection of wines, draft and bottled craft beers. Top it all off with a scoop of gelato from L.A. Creamery.

Open at 11a, it’s lunch-friendly. Closed at 2a, it’s finals-friendly.

So, do you have a minute?

800 Degrees
10889 Lindbrook Blvd., Westwood
(424) 239-5010
800degreespizza.com


Prices: 2 (out of 4) Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Street
Scene: Collegiate; still-got-it seniors; Umami diehards
Best bets: Classic margherita; gelato
Hot seat: The communal table made from authentic church pews
Nearby: Palomino; Westwood Brewing Company; Yamato

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