Pizzanista provides unique varieties for pizza lovers

By Lilah Fajardo

From homemade meatballs and green salads to creating a custom pie, Pizzanista offers the basic variety with guaranteed satisfaction.

Located on 7th street in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, Pizzanista has developed a vibrant, modest scenery that welcomes any type of pizza lover.

Though it has only been running since 2011, Pizzanista has gained major popularity with news press, magazines and primarily with skateboarders; considering legendary skateboarder Salman Agah is the founder.

Stopping by on a Saturday evening might just be an ideal way to start off the weekend.

The spot has only a few tables to serve, and a bar-like counter seating arrangement that gives patrons a view of the road.

When it comes to critiquing pizza, a plain slice says a lot more than specialty toppings. The meal ordered was a plain cheese slice, a pepperoni slice, their mixed green salad and a boxed water.

The service wasn’t very professional, but they have a “home style.” The cashier wasn’t so welcoming, but she did her job while the servers left you with a hospitable “enjoy.”

Salads aren’t primarily the first thing guests think of when eating at a pizzeria, but their descriptions sounded too flavorful to pass up.

It might be the most basic salad on their menu, but it is definitely not a letdown.

It is made up of mesclun greens, avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers and red wine vinaigrette.

The greens were crisp and fresh. Partnering the avocado with tomato and cucumber, while being drizzled with vinaigrette dressing is quite    the combination.

They also offer spicy chopped salads, Caesar, Arugula and more. Patrons also have the choice of half a serving or a full salad.

Next came the pizza. The cheese slice was rather light with the sauce, but the plain topping did not disappoint.

The pepperoni slice held the perfect amount of grease, that it made patting it down with a napkin the most absurd idea.

I wouldn’t say they were shy with the topping, but, no one can never have enough pepperoni.

The sizes of the slices were generous. The dough was soft and did not harden.

Pizzanista also offers vegan slices, white, veggie, silican slices and more.

On Sundays, they are known for their mac’n cheese pizza.

If a slice isn’t enough, their menu also includes 18 inch pizzas. They have a wide selection that includes one pie named “Rise And Shine”.

It is made up of tomato sauce, mozzarella, gran padano, bacon, eggs cooked over-easy and black pepper.

You also have the choice of creating your own pizza.

Pizzanista has a short section dedicated to dessert that contains chocolate chewies and Clara’s homemade cupcakes.

Their drink selection has glass bottled root beer, cream soda, coffee soda, iced tea, mineral water and none other than boxed water.

The prices are affordable with most of their items. All of their orders are made by hand or in-house and they use local-grown produces plus “humanely raised” meat.

Pizzanista welcomes dine-in, takeout and they deliver within a two mile radius.

They are opened from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. from Tuesday to Friday, from 5 p.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Keep in mind that these hours are not guaranteed because the aprons are put away once they sell out of dough.

Pizzanista’s location is 2019 East 7th Street in the city of Los Angeles. For further information they can be contacted at  (213) 627 – 1430.

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