to the nth degree.

23 Apr

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is it is definitely a foodie-friendly city –  there is always a new “it” place for every genre of food, and definitely too little time to try them all. When I heard one of the Umami guys was involved with a pizza place in Westwood, called 800 Degrees, I knew I had to get in the UCLA vicinity ASAP.


The concept behind 800 degrees is that it makes authentic pizza as it was invented in Naples except they cook it in an oven at – you guessed it – 800 degrees so that the pies are ready at lightning speed. While there is often a long line to get inside the door, you order your pizza Chipotle style by selecting a “base” pie (Margherita, Bianca, or Marinara), and then add any combination of their impressive array of toppings. You pay for your pizza, and by then your pizza is ready! It’s awesome.

how incredible do all those toppings look?

Jenn, Whitney, and I decided to go Sunday evening for dinner. While the line was long, it was more than worth the wait. We shared two pizzas, a small side salad, and a burrata (cherry tomatos and pesto) between us. The pizzas? One Bianca with arugula, bacon, and egg, and one margherita with caramelized onions, cherry tomatoes, and italian sausage. Both were delicious, but I would chose the margherita if I had to pick one.

Even though Pizzeria Mozza and Urbano are contenders, I am happy to announce I have a new favorite pizza joint in this city, and another excuse to visit adorable Westwood (I have had a long-running love for this part of LA – beginning with visiting friends in college who chose to go to UCLA, to studying for the LSAT at the Westwood Blueprint, to checking out the restaurants there).

After dinner, we stopped for some Yogurtland (in what used to be a Pinkberry! Hah!). Whitney and I remarked on just how long we have been hanging out in Westwood regularly (since 2006!). I snapped this photo of her on one of the cool mosaic boxes that line the streets….

That matches this one we took during our winter break freshman year of college! Nuts.

Thank you, 800 Degrees, for filling my belly and re-uniting me with Westwood!

Important Question: Who makes your favorite pizza and what’s on it??

4 Responses to “to the nth degree.”

  1. leftcoastcontessa April 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    I need to try this before I graduate! I’ve read so many awesome reviews.

    • gillian April 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

      It lived up to the hype – but definitely try and go at an off-hour if possible!

  2. Jennifer K. April 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    Aww…UCLA…Westwood… I miss it sometimes. Actually I just miss CPK’s grilled veggie salad. My favorite ever!


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    […] recently came across LA Weekly‘s List of the 10 Best Pizza Places in LA. I’ve been to 800 Degrees, Mozza, and Urbano which make the list – and I am eager to check more off the […]

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