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.
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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)...