In L.A., the world is flat


PHOTO by CHRISTINA HOUSE / L.A. TIMES

After months and many, many pizzas, I tackle L.A.’s booming multicultural pizza scene for the Times:

Just as certain city blocks contain the cuisines of a half-dozen different countries, pizza in Los Angeles doesn’t conform to one nationality — it practically circumnavigates the globe.

There are South American pizzas shaped by decades of Italian immigration and Croatian pizzas forged along the shores of the Mediterranean. Korean and Japanese corporations have taken to testing their unique interpretations of pizza on L.A.’s international appetite. And some foreign pies defy classification altogether, labeled as pizzas by restaurants and diners searching for a simple descriptor. It’s all part of the naturalization process.

Read the rest here.

And for the complete multimedia experience, tune into KPCC’s Off-Ramp this weekend to hear me chat with host John Rabe about these peculiar pies. Or listen online here.

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