Two Boots Pizza arrives in LA

So I guess I have one less reason to hate on LA. A little piece of NYC is setting up shop in Echo Park: Two Boots Pizza, a NYC institution, opens tonight on Sunset, practically cheek-to-cheek with the Echo. And people, it’s a place where you can order by the slice if you want– essential to pizza lovers.

As another NYC institution, Liz Lemon, would say, “I want to go to there.”

During my time here, I’ve managed to scout out other worthy pizza joints, in the same mold and even in the same general area. Nicky D.’s on Rowena in Silver Lake is one of them. Their wood-fire oven has provided me with many a tasty pie.

And then there’s Cheech’s on Hillhurst in Los Feliz, where I’ve been rewarding myself with innumerable slices after making the trek by bike up to Griffith Park Observatory. Walking into this little gem of a pizza parlor is like stepping back in time– which is why Cheech’s needs to rethink (and remove) that large flat panel TV they recently bolted to the wall, oddly encased in Plexiglass.

An added bonus at Cheech’s: While you wait for your slice, ignore the TV and take in the walls of the tiny place lined with framed platitudes spelling out, literally, in serpentine sentences with somewhat loopy logic, The True Meaning of Life. (They have to be seen to be fully appreciated.)

Most importantly, with Two Boots, Nicky D.’s and Cheech’s, there is good reason to never again subject yourself to that flavorless food serving chain that has the words “California” and “pizza” in its name.

Two Boots, 1818 Sunset, Echo Park.

Nicky D.’s, 2764 Rowena, Silver Lake

Cheech’s, 2116 Hillhurst, Los Feliz

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5 Replies to “Two Boots Pizza arrives in LA”

  1. I have yet to try Cheech’s or Two Boots Pizza, but Hard Times Pizza on Griffith Park Blvd., and right around the corner from Nicky D’s, my favorite Silver Lake / Los Feliz / Echo Park area pizza.

  2. I’m trying really hard not to be offended by your implication that LA needs to import “NYC institution[s]” in order to be less hate-worthy.

    As for pizza by the slice, Garage, Hard Times and Cheech’s (and, I think, Tomato Pie, but don’t quote me on that one) all offer slices in your neighborhood alone. If you’re up for a trip, Abbot’s Pizza Co. in Venice does slices that are worth driving for with a number of less hawsome but still good by-the-slice joints in between. It’s not like slices are a rarity around here.

  3. I’m waiting for the East Coast haters to attack this one. Spencer’s attack was just East Coast hater lite, haha.

    I used to go to Two Boots after a college buddy moved to Avenue A. It was a really good place, but much of the ambience was due to the surrounding neighborhood, which was still in its Iggy Pop/Joey Ramone heroin phase. I haven’t been there in a while. Hopefully The Gap hasn’t opened there yet. While they’re at it, maybe they can import the Pyramid Club and King Tut’s Wah-Wah Club from the neighborhood too.

  4. Two Boots is some of the best pizza I’ve had in NYC. If the menu is the same I cannot recommend highly enough the “Larry Tate”…

    Now, can anyone tell me what happened to Vito of Vito’s Pizza on Vermont? I know he closed a few years ago, but a guy that good at making awesome pizza can’t be gone forever.

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