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Is pizza the first thing that comes to mind when you think of L.A.? Probably not. But it should be. Angelenos are putting a SoCal twist (hello, salad pizza) on the classic that is giving even NYC pizza fanatics a run for their money. 

Here’s our list of the best flavor-forward and innovative pies in town.

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Burrata Pizza at Pitfire Artisan Pizza

Don’t be fooled. Underneath all that peppery wild arugula and buttery chopped hazelnuts are caramelized onions, tomato sauce, and of course, gloriously gooey white cheese.

12924 Washington Blvd. and various locations; 424-835-4088 or

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Bulgogi Pizza at Mr. Pizza

If you love your Korean barbecue, you’ll love your Korean barbecue on pizza. Add bell pepper, onion and mushroom and you’ve arrived in culinary heaven.

Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-277-3898 or

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Salad Pizza at Grey Block Pizza

Instead of ordering your salad on the side, why not just put it on your pizza? Poppy-seed crust, tons of avocado and cheesy goodness: We wish we thought of this combo earlier.

4410 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; 310-398-9000 or

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Poached Egg Pizza at Pizzeria Mozza

The city’s finest crust--thin, crisp yet chewy--is topped with bacon, Yukon gold potatoes and sweet Bermuda onions. Add a creamy egg and you’ll be suggesting pizza for brunch.

641 N. Highland Ave.; 323-297-0101 or

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Vegan Pizza at Mohawk Bend

This hearty meat-free pizza has roasted pepper, fennel, cashew cheese and vegan sausage atop a chewy crust. It’s the hipster take on the classic pork sausage pie.

2141 W. Sunset Blvd.; 213-483-2337 or

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Molé Pizza at Town Pizza

You wouldn’t think to put the Mexican chocolate-based sauce on the Italian classic, but try just one slice and you’ll be sold. Oh, it’s also got roast pork and sweet corn. Good luck not ordering slice #2...or 3.

5101 York Blvd.; 323-344-8696 or

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