Justin De Leon, acclaimed photographer, wanted to try something different. In addition to his photographic skills, he has 25 years of pizza making experience. Why not combine visual imagery and pizza? On July 28, 2012, the ingredients of experience paid off with the opening of Apollonia’s Pizzeria. The interior is a visual experience along with a show of pizza dough tossing for the perfect pizza crust. This is pizza where you take your time to savor the scents of the yeasty dough and let your taste buds experience flavors of truly artisan pizza. Justin’s wife, Linda, is the perfect hostess and is always talking to the guests and making sure they are enjoying every minute of their pizzeria experience. They use locally grown ingredients from community farmer’s markets, neighborhood bakeries, and resident meat distributors.
Burning Sycamores are hot wings topped with roasted garlic, jalapeno, and pineapple. The wings were tender and just hot enough so you can taste the flavor of the chicken. The mix of jalapenos, pineapple, and roasted garlic was similar to a tropical salsa – sweet heat. It complemented the chicken perfectly. These have to be the best hot wings I have ever had! Thumbs up, way up!
The Dirty Agent is pizza topped with onion, tomato, and your choice of exotic meat: rattlesnake sausage, duck and bacon sausage, or alligator sausage. The crust is very traditional to what you would see in Italy and oh so flavorful. It would be fabulous on it’s own with a little drizzle of olive oil. The toppings complemented each other and matched perfectly with the rattlesnake & alligator sausage. The sausage spices hide any gamey flavor you might associate with the meat (I personally like the gamey flavor), yet your taste buds spring with excitement with these reptilian delicacies. Thumbs up, way up!
The Mayor’s Mistress is topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, organic roma tomato, garlic, and fresh organic basil. This pizza is amazing! It tasted like the best of flavors Italy on a pizza. The tomatoes and basil were vibrant and will knock you out with sweet flavor. Apollonia’s sauce is to die for, not overly heavy, but full of robust flavor. The pepperoni and sausage were packed full of the flavor you know and love. Thumbs up, way up!
If you’re looking for a traditional Italian pizza or something exotic, Apollonia’s Pizzeria is the place to be.
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 stars
Décor: 4 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
For more information:
5176 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036-4303
- Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm
- Gluten-free and soy options available
- Cane sugar bottled beverages
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