Praise continuously falls upon Olio Pizzeria & Cafe. Its popularity among the masses is shared by the media—it was ranked the 3rd Best Pizzeria in LA by LA Weekly and named a Critic's Choice in the LA Times. Then again, we Slice'rs—who study pizza day in, day out—take such popularity with a grain of salt. In Olio's case, though, the acclaim is entirely deserved.
'Olio PIzzeria and Cafe' on Serious Eats
One year ago, pizzaiolo Bradford Kent lifted his French bread inspired crust from his mobile wood-fired oven into a storefront along a delicious stretch of 3rd Street. Olio Pizzeria & Café has steadily turned out crackly crusted pizzas with fresh—and just slightly unusual—toppings. The semi-circular restaurant is small but there is plenty of room at the pizza bar for lookie loos to watch him craft his pies.
[Photograph: Olio Pizzeria] LA Weekly's Christie Bishop reports that Olio Pizzeria & Cafe opened last week on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles. Owner Bradford Kent bought his wood-burning oven on Craigslist. He's serving a Margherita topped with local burrata cheese; a potato, mushroom, and radicchio pie; and a popular Swiss chard pizza featuring his homemade chicken-fennel sausage and roasted tomatoes. But that's not all: Olio Pizzeria also offers breakfast goods (including breakfast calzones) starting at 7 a.m. Wood-fired bialys, anyone? Olio Pizzeria & Café 8075 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA 90048 (at N. Crescent Heights Boulevard; map)...