You know, on days that end in 'Y,' we eat pizza. As in -- does one ever need an excuse for pizza? GOOD pizza?
Among the many choices we now have for DIY/custom pizza, you simply have to give 800 Degrees a chance. CBS just named them one of the best pizza shops in LA, alongside such worshipped eateries as Bestia and Jon & Vinny's! They are setting themselves apart, far and away, with their sophisticated aesthetic and unique menu choices. And their Hollywood location on Vine rises above with a beautiful patio besides, amazing appetizers, courteous staff, great wine selection and a new, scrumptious rotisserie chicken menu.
No bad-idea-jeans here, guys. You're going to love anything you order off the menu, but for my money, I gotta advise you to give this chicken a try. I skeptically tried it with a side of Quinoa Tabbouleh, but that surprised me, too. It was delicious and I inhaled it as I silently told myself it was guilt-free since Quinoa it toally a healthy food -- right?
If you ask nicely, they'll even throw some dipping sauces at you. The aioli was my favorite.
It boggles the mind that I had any room left in my body for more food after this -- and I nearly didn't -- but I got a bite of cheese pizza, which was was completely delicious, and the kind folks there subsequently sent me home with a pizza of my choosing, so naturally I gravitated right to the prosciutto and burrata pizza. Because anything with those two things is all I need in life, basically. Prosciutto is one of my favorite foods and burrata is like the King of all cheeses. (I also asked them to add shrimp to the pizza. Is that weird? I find shrimp with prosciutto is heavenly. It's like the italian version of bacon-wrapped shrimp, y'all.)
It was such a delightful evening, really. I attended alone but found myself at a table of other bloggers and influencers whom I now follow on their own socials and adore. It was fun to make new friends, enjoy some new food, sit in such a gorgeous place.... I smiled all night! There's a special little place in my heart for this pizzeria so I am happy to also give away a gift card so that someone else can go and discover it like I did!
- Location: 1521 Vine Street
- Parking: An adjacent garage, inexpensive, or on the street if you can manage
- Check out the Hollywood location's menu here and visit the 800 Degrees website.
- Follow 800 Degrees on Twitter and Instagram; like them on Facebook!
Why would you choose ordinary pizza at any ordinary place when this terrific spot is available?
Interior photos: Alen Lin