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'Travel + Leisure' Ranks L.A. 18th for Pizza in the Country, We Say Screw You

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Look, no one is saying that Los Angeles needs to be ranked number one for everything. Just because we have tons of hidden gems when it comes to restaurants, museums, bars and nightlife doesn't mean we're clamoring for recognition or anything.

But to rank us 18th best city for pizza in the country? Well, that just feels mean-spirited.

But Travel + Leisure did it -- they did it, and they did it without shame. It's as if they've only been listening to angry displaced New Yorkers who now live in Los Angeles and talk incessantly (not that we don't love you) about how you can't get any good pizza here. Because last time we checked, there was some delightful cheesy, saucy bread to be had.

Before we get into that, though, here's what the magazine had to say about us in its list of 22 best cities for pizza:

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This is L.A., so naturally the pizza scene has its own A-list. One prominent member: Mario Batali, who still has star power with Pizzeria Mozza, where you can get a squash-blossom pizza. It has a worthy rival in downtown’s new Bestia, which tops pizza with chile-dressed brussels-sprout leaves. Locals do well sticking with that thin crust: Angelenos ranked in the top 10 for being both fit and good-looking.

First of all, T+L, thanks for calling us good-looking and everything, but really, fuck you. We're not all on a diet, all the time. We'll eat thick crust at Masa if we want to -- hell, we'll eat motherfucking Sicilian over at Sotto if the mood strikes.

But second of all, have you even been here? What about Tomato Pie? Abbott's in Venice? Nicky D's? Stella Rosa? Sotto?

Point being, some of our pizzerias might be a bit gimmicky, and we might kill it when it comes to juice, but in truth -- and we like to deal in truth here -- we're no slouches when it comes to the cheesy stuff.

We're certainly not any 18th.

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So, LA, speaking of, what's your favorite place for pizza in the Southland?