March 23, 2010 1 Comment
I was going off about how this one taco stand in Echo Park was pretty amazing. I had a bunch of people follow me only to find no stand. Fail. Then I said, wait, I know Tacos Arizas is next to the CVS on Sunset. Fail. Ok… how about Rodeo Grill. So we start walking towards Rodeo Grill and then I see Masa not so far away. I read about how they had Deep Dish pizzas. Wait! How about Masa? It was Valentine’s Day and the place was about to be packed with reservations and we had a 50 minute window to order and eat. No Deep Dish pizzas for us because they take 40 minutes to make, they said. So we had various bistro pizzas that were pretty darn good. But this post isn’t about their bistro pizzas. It’s about their Deep Dishes and I had to come another day.
So I came again some time later, with an even bigger group (awesome group, if I may add) from my church. It was better planned unlike last time. I called 40 minutes ahead and ordered 4 pies. The Deep Dish pizzas would be ready soon after we arrived.
It was glorious. I’ve never had a Deep Dish pizza before but it was something I’ve been wanting to try for a very long time. I’m assuming I’m in the minority, but the Chicago variant of pizza seemed a whole lot more appealing to me than the New York kind. I’m not too crazy about New York-style pizza. But that’s just me. But the Deep Dish, with the thick crust cooked in a pan, the ridiculous amount of toppings, the abundance of cheese, it all sounded good.
Masa was a good find. It has something that the rest of Los Angeles probably doesn’t have. Chicago-style pizza. But I’m going to have to say that the toppings weren’t as abundant as I imagined and it wasn’t as cheesy as I imagined. And I’m going to assume the pizzas in Chicago will blow me away. That makes Chicago a destination I need to get to. I want some pizza and steaks…
I feel like I’m stealing Masa’s thunder. In all honesty, I liked it. I liked it a lot actually. And it’s really something other places in this city doesn’t offer. Or at least I haven’t heard of any other places offering Deep Dish pizza. And being that flying all the way over to Chicago for a pizza is probably not reasonable every time you get a craving, Masa definitely isn’t a bad option. The servers are friendly. The prices are more than reasonable. Parking isn’t a problem. And a churro truck is a couple blocks away. Really though, Masa is an establishment in Los Angeles that’s worth frequenting.
Note: Deep Dish pizzas must be ordered 40 minutes ahead of time. And no earlier. It is a bit inconvenient that they don’t take orders earlier but hey, just don’t forget to call. Also, you can’t add toppings to the Chicago Pizzas that aren’t “Build Your Own.” They explain why but I still don’t understand. In that sense, they aren’t so accommodating. Everything else is great though.
There’s a metered lot on Lemoyne which is across the street from Masa.
1800 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026