California Pizza Festival - Los Angeles
Location: LA Center Studios, Downtown LA - 450 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017 United States
Website/Tickets: California Pizza Festival
When: July 28, 2018; 12-8pm
Today was the mark of the first-ever California Pizza Festival and it was delicious!
Good pizza is sometimes hard to come by here in Los Angeles so thank goodness pizza was imported from Italy. Well, kinda!
General admission tickets are $45 per person in advance and $60 per person on the day of the event. Children’s tickets available for $20/child between ages 4-10.
VIP tickets are $89/person and include exclusive access to the indoor-outdoor VIP space, a private bar, and three beverage vouchers. If you can use this voucher on beers, it might be worth it! Otherwise, there is another area right next to the VIP area that has chairs and a couple of bars setup.
With a ton of vendors, pizza was flowing like water in the Trevi fountain! Supplied with unlimited samplings from 30 pizzerias across the US including shops from California, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia. There were even vendors from Naples, Italy (they had the longest lines too)!
"Headliners include pizzaiolos from Naples’ Da Michaele, founded in 1870 and known for its feature in the movie Eat Pray Love; and Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, the oldest pizzeria-tavern in Naples established in 1738." Source: Discover LA
Local pizzerias included:
- Prova Pizzeria (West Hollywood)
- Ray’s & Stark Bar @ LACMA (Los Angeles)
- 786 Degrees (Los Angeles)
- Tony’s Pizza Napoletana (12-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani)
- La Parolaccia Osteria (Italy)
- L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele (Naples, Italy)
- Baldoria (Los Angeles)
- Brooklyn Pizza Crew (Brooklyn)
- Dominic's Italian Restaurant (SoCal)
- Local Pizzaiolo (Atlanta)
- Angelina's Pizzeria Napoletana (SoCal)
- Upper Crust Pizzeria (Beverly Hills)
- LA Pizza Napoletana
- PizzaRev (Los Angeles)
- Pizza Crek (Los Angeles)
- Beverly Hills’ Da Pasquale (Beverly Hills)
- Humble Crust Pizza Truck (Los Angeles)
- Le 5 Stagioni (Italy)
Pizza lovers can enjoy all kinds of pies including Neapolitan, Sicilian, New York, and several gluten-free and vegan options. There will be loads of entertainment, including live pizza-making demos from the United States Pizza Team, as well as a cookbook signing, demo, and meet-and-greet with Chef Tony Gemignani. Also, I read there would be acrobat shows from World Champion Pizza Acrobat Danilo Pagano (this is a thing?!). I missed that today. :( DJ played music all day with tunes to dance to. A band played later singing some of the songs the DJ played earlier. At least they were on the same page.
Each vendor had their own cute little oven behind their booth! The tiles were so pretty! Lines were long at times but moved quickly. The longest we waited was 10-15 minutes for the Italian pizzas. We were a group of 6 and would grab pizzas from shorter lines while we waited in longer lines.
Brooklyn Pizza Crew brought their A game today! SO Good!
My seester loves pizza, her shirt says it all!
Dominic's had some meat lovin' options!
Baldoria offered the most unique pizzas including Baby Octopus and Yukon Gratin potato pizza!
LBK offered some awesome slices! Eat Pizza Make Love
Angelina's Diavola spicy pepperoni was spicy but could have used more cheese!
Ray's Stark Bar offered a few options, one being their infamous fig pizza. Best part was they had LOTS of cheese.
Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria showed off with their extra large pizza making skills! It took 3 people to carry this monstrosity into the festival!
The Pizza Experience
Tickets are on sale for visits starting in October 2018 (until Feb 2019) and they displayed a small taste of what they would have in this "museum." Discount code for the pizza experience is 5DollarsOff - works for a limited time only!
Website: The Pizza Experience
BEER AND WINE GARDENS
We definitely needed to wash down our slices with a good brew. Golden Road was on point with their beer game, bringing Mango Cart and some Wolf Pup IPA! There were 2 locations to pickup some brews, their truck was colorful and cute penned off as a beer garden.
OF COURSE THERE WAS ICE CREAM! Would you think I would go somewhere they wouldn't serve ice cream? You're crazy. Moo Gelato showed up with their blue vespa with ice cream in tow!
I sampled a scoop of Hazelnut for $4, it was a little melted but still delicious!
Kona Ice brought the shaved ice for everyone to cool off on this hot day!
SUCH A GREAT DAY! We definitely ate $45 worth of pizza and covered all meals for the day! Hope the pizza festival comes back next year! We would definitely go again!
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