Resting proudly in DTLA's bustling art district lies a slice of Punk Rock / Skateboard heaven, Pizzanista!
Founded in 2011 by skateboarding legend, Salman Agah, the eatery leaps above & beyond traditional pizzeria boundaries.
The name Pizzanista! was inspired from The Clash's album Sandinista. In a feature with LA Magazine, Sal explained "We also liked that ‘nista' means to be a connoisseur of something. We thought it had a really good ring to it."
Stacks on stacks of skateboarding books and magazines are made available for customers to dive into the culture that helped inspire the business.
We broke out the G Pen Elite before helping ourselves to the feast.
As native Angelenos have doubts of a satisfactory burrito existing outside of the borders of this city engrained in our DNA, we can imagine so do New Yorkers have their doubts about finding a decent slice in Los Angeles. Luckily we have Pizzanista! here to do us proud.
The kalamata olives really brought this pizza-by-the-slice to the next level.
Romaine & radicchio, cucumber, gabanzo beans, kalamata olives, pepperoni, red onion, ricotta salata, sopresesata, tomatoes, red wine vinaigrette... I introduce to you, The Spicy Chopped salad. FUEGO!
It's always cool to see establishments you love & respect pay homage to the same roots in the underground that are so important and influential today.
Pizzanista! has collaborated on custom pizza box designs with pro skaters, various companies within the skateboarding industry & even photographers, including Estevan Oriol, bringing his iconic "LA" fingers to the dinner table.
For anyone fighting hunger while on a budget, day old slices are offered for just $1.
So, the next time you're craving a pie, looking to catch up on some skateboard literature, or both, be sure to skate up to Pizzanista! and indulge.
DTLA Location: 2019 E. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Long Beach Location: 1837 E 7th St, Long Beach, CA 90813