Don’t come to 800 Degrees expecting authentic Neapolitan atmosphere. Do come anticipating quick-as-a-flash, custom, unfairly good slices of pizza with just-so thin, chewy crusts and an almost obscene bevy of toppings. This assembly line take on constructing the classic Neapolitan pie manages to work against all logistical odds, perhaps because 800 Degrees doesn’t cut corners on ingredients: San Marzano tomatoes are used for the drinkably good sauce, each pie has a four-ounce gob of Di Stefano mozzarella flung indelicately on top, and add-on toppings include everything from Italian truffle cheese to marinated baby eggplants. When it comes to good-quality fast food Los Angeles is changing the game, and 800 Degrees is at the forefront of that culinary shift.
Interior photo courtesy of Elizabeth Daniels