Thin crust, thick crust, coal-charred, or wood-fired – what exactly makes the best pizza? Long Beach certainly isn’t lacking great pizza places. And that makes your decision to pick the best pie a real challenge.
While most pizza connoisseurs will agree that there are hundreds of variations, each delicious in their own right, the decision for best pizza in Long Beach ultimately comes down to a combination of attributes, including flavor, texture, and a proportionate blend of ingredients. Here’s a look at our top picks for best pizza.
Best Traditional Pizza – Stefano’s
Located in Shoreline Village, Stefano’s offers a diverse menu of authentic traditional-style pizzas made fresh and delicious daily. The popular pizza venue is generous in their portions, offering delicious homemade sauces, Italian meats, real mozzarella cheese, and garden-fresh veggies. Try a steaming slice of ‘Margherita’, featuring tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella, or go for ‘The Works’, which includes mushrooms, bell peppers, black olives, and green onions.
Cheap and Fast – Valentino’s
Valentino’s has two convenient locations in Long Beach, for double the delicious fare. Not only is the food tasty, but service is also cheap and fast. The venue offers a variety of specialty pizzas, submarine sandwiches, and desserts for lunch and dinner. Their pizzas are made from hand-tossed dough, and include unique options such as ‘Pizza Burger’ which includes ingredients like sliced meatballs, and ‘Greek’ pizza topped with feta cheese, fresh garlic, green peppers, tomatoes, onions, and Kalamata olives.
Best Family Venue – Ecco’s
Looking for a pizza venue the whole family can enjoy? Ecco’s Pizzeria in Long Beach is a family-owned and operated restaurant offering authentic Italian cuisine and impeccable customer service. Their fresh gourmet pizzas will delight even the youngest of customers, and their al dente pasta dishes are the perfect side dish or substitute. Try specialty pizzas, such as their ‘BBQ Chicken’ or ‘Meat Lovers’, and follow up with a palate-pleasing dessert, such as a ‘Mud Pie’.
All-Around Best – Pizzamania
For all-around great pizza, Pizzamania is the place to go. The venue may be small, but the popular spot located in a Long Beach strip-mall offers the perfect variety of pizza, salad, and sandwich options, as well as happy-hour specials.
Pizzamania consists of a cozy atmosphere with retro arcade games and a laid-back ambiance. However, the real star of the show is the cuisine. Pizza lovers will find a range of great-tasting pizzas, appetizers, a salad bar, and inexpensive beer.
Best NY Style – Milana’s New York Pizzeria
Milana’s short menu focuses on the basics: fresh and interesting pizza toppings, speciality pizzas, and a few pasta options. Get your pizza with hot dogs and pineapples or capers and eggs—yeah, you really do have those options at Milana’s.
The 18″ speciality pizzas range in price from $19-24. Combos to try include the Forget About Lettuce BT with double bacon and tomatoes, and the Roasted Cauliflower, Garlic and Ricotta pizza.
Milana’s is open seven days and located at 165 E. 4th Street.