When I think of amazing pizza, usually cities like Chicago or New York come to mind. In Los Angeles, I frequent Pizzeria Mozza, which is known for it’s wood-fire oven pizzas and the small fact that it’s owned and operated by celebrity chef Mario Batali.
A little over a year ago, celebrity chef Richard Florczak decided to leave his fancy lifestyle of cooking for big names like Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio to open Flame Pizzeria. He spent five years perfecting his crust, after being inspired and falling in love with making pizzas in his backyard in his own wood-fire oven. Pulling up to the little strip mall in Reseda, CA, you will question whether this pizzeria will be any good and whether it will be worth the stop. I can say that it’s definitely worth the trip.
With year-long twinkling lights, the restaurant is modern in design with the wood-fire oven in the heart of the restaurant. The wait staff is attendant and the restaurant is roomy. I ordered two pizzas while on my first visit and both were delicious. The first was the classic Margherita pizza which consisted of tomato sauce with fresh mozzarella and fresh local basil. I added soppressata for a little extra protein, which was a perfect addition to the meatless pizza. The second pizza was called The Nanna pizza which was topped with fresh mozzarella, sliced potatoes, caramelized red onions, sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt, and drizzled with truffle oil. I would like to note that if you do not like onions, do NOT get this pizza. This pizza had a little too much onion for my taste and I ended up taking a lot of it off. The crust is soft and fluffy, but I feel like it lacks something that I couldn’t put my finger on…perhaps a little brush of butter on the crust would really elevate the taste.
The highlight of the night was the dessert. I was disappointed to see that Flame Pizza only had one option for dessert, but once I tried it, I came to realized they only need one! The dessert was a toasted almond cream cake. It is sweet, but with a hint of almond and a nice bit of crunch on top from additional almonds. This dessert is a must-try!
If I’m being honest, I would say that I would choose Pizzeria Mozza over Flame Pizzeria. With that being said, Flame is still a GREAT option and is on-par to Mozza. Both pizzerias cost about the same (about $15 per pizza) and both specialize in wood-fire oven pizzas. Mozza has more options of pizza and dessert, which is the only reason why I feel it slightly beats out Flame. If you are in the San Fernando Valley and have a hankering for pizza, Flame Pizza is definitely worth stopping in!