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While Los Angeles is all about grain bowls, salads, and organic, well... everything, the city certainly doesn’t have a pizza complex — locals and tourists alike flock to Triple Beam Pizza, Dough Box, and DeSano Pizza Bakery, to name a few. But there is something amazing that New York has that we’ve been envious of over here on The Best Coast: Double Zero, the plant-based pizza of your dreams. Well, NYC no longer has room to boast.
“Plant-based” and “pizza” are rarely words we hear uttered in the same sentence. That is, until Matthew Kenney joined the conversation. With his classical training, experience in New York’s fine dining, and his passion for a plant-based lifestyle, the two-time James Beard Award-nominated chef brought the pizza purists and plant-based gurus together, first under the roof of New York’s East Village in 2016.
Now, Los Angeles gets to have a taste.
When we think of pizza, the old classic style: bubbling cheese and salty meats piled on crispy crust probably comes to mind. Not for Matthew Kenney. While the impeccable crust remains, Double Zero has replaced the cheese and meat with healthier, plant-based alternatives like cashew mozzarella, shiitake bacon, and sunflower pesto.
But while the animal by-products are left off the menu, they aren’t even missed. Double Zero effortlessly walks a balance between health food and indulgence. By crafting pizzas and small plates made from fresh ingredients, paired with a curated wine list that is both organic and sustainable, Double Zero has doubled down on their mission of making thoughtful food that is not only good for you, but also the environment. In return, restaurant-goers have given it the emphatic double-thumbs up.
Luckily for Angelenos, these decadent Double Zero slices are no longer out of reach — Kenney and his team opened the doors to their Venice Beach restaurant at the end of April. So snag a reservation (you're going to need one) and head over to the Lincoln Blvd. to watch the humble veggie transformed into a work of art.