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Don't Accept Imitations: La Vera Pizza

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As much as LAist loves this town, we gotta admit that local pizza lovers suffer from a dearth of decent product. The L.A. Times Food section, however, gives us reason to rejoice. This article about Peppe Miele tells us how he’s keepin’ it real at Antica Pizzeria in Marina del Rey. While his L.A. Trattoria location on Third Street closed to make way for the culinary hot spot A.O.C., Miele continues to produce the only pizzas in Southern California that are certified as Genuine Neapolitan Pizza (AKA Verace Pizza Napoletana [VPN] in Italy). That’s one of twelve in the entire U.S., folks. Recent laws passed by the Ministry of Agriculture in Italy now hold Neapolitan pizza to standards that are equally rigorous as those applied to authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma.

In addition to his duties as the proprietor of his pizzeria, Miele is the founding president of VPN in the United States. This status makes him highly regarded in the pizza-making world, resulting in 15 to 20 email requests a day for his consulting services. Since we’re lucky enough to have Miele around, LAist recommends supporting, and consuming, la vera pizza.

Where are some other pizza favorites in L.A.?