Cuisine Scene: Pizza

Whether folded or charred, inspired by Naples or Brooklyn, or enjoyed sitting in a restaurant or taken home, pizza in Long Beach continues to evolve, one scrumptious pie at a time. Here’s a few shops and restaurants bringing their creativity and craftsmanship to this delicious slice of life.

Whatever your preference, the plethora of pizza places in Long Beach serve up exactly what you’re craving in the 562.

Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria

Nearing its 50th anniversary, Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria is understandably old school in the methods it uses to construct its pies. On its hand-kneaded dough you’ll find a homemade sauce, fresh tomatoes and pan-roasted garlic. The mozzarella is fresh as is the sausage, one of their most requested toppings. Buono’s has two locations – Downtown (250 W. Ocean Blvd.) and North Long Beach (401 W. Willow St. – and serves a full menu, including popular dishes lasagna, eggplant parmigiana and linguini e vongole.

La Parolaccia

Domenico's Italian Restaurant

Over time, Long Beach’s most popular pizzas have been Domenico’s (5339 E. Second St.) ground pepperoni and ground sausage pies. Of course, they had a pretty fair head start. Long Beach’s oldest restaurant was also one of the first in Southern California to serve pizza when it opened back during the Eisenhower administration. Pizza made up virtually the entirety of its early menu and is still a main driver in attracting people to this beloved Belmont Shore landmark that somehow manages to create an atmosphere that is both romantic and neighborly.

Little Coyote

Michael's on Naples/Michael's Downtown

One of Long Beach’s most respected restaurants, Michael’s has helped build its reputation through its pizza. Its Naples (5620 E. Second St.) and Downtown (210 E. Third St.) locations, seve an authentic, Neapolitan-style version made from housemade dough, sauce and cheeses, topped with locally-grown organic veggies and herbs from Michael’s own garden. Cooked for 90 seconds in an 850-degree wood-fired oven to achieve optimal crispiness, the pizza emerges with just the right amount of char on a bubbly, savory crust.

Thai Curry Pizza

The 4th Horseman

Gluttons are welcome at The 4th Horseman (121 W. 4th St.), a wicked-fun beer and wine bar just off of Pine Avenue with “apocalyptic pizza.” The slightly macabre pies have names to die for, such as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Buffalo Bill,” with an almost sourdough crust and diabolically spicy add-ons. And while you could order delivery, it’s more fun in person, especially with a visit beyond the dining room to The Dark Art Emporium, which features art and oddities from surrealist paintings to taxidermy.

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