Top This: Syracuse-Style Hot Wing Pizza à la Tomato Pie Pizza Joint

Top This

Learn how to work a new topping onto your pies.

[Photographs: Kelly Bone]

We already know that Slice'rs give Buffalo Chicken Pizza two thumbs up, thanks to our rigorous, highly scientific research. And the folks over at Silver Lake's Tomato Pie Pizza Joint couldn't agree more...but some of their customers beg to differ. When founder Garrett Policastro found his regulars balking at blue cheese, he added a new Hot Wing option and named it after his hometown: Syracuse. The Hot Wing, Syracuse Style pizza is slathered with the same Frank's Red Hot Sauce, but replaces the controversial blue cheese with ranch dressing.

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Mixing hot sauce and ranch dressing into the sauce base is a bold move, but it definitely gives the pizza consistency. Grilled chicken—marinated in that same hot sauce-ranch blend—is judiciously applied; Policastro manages to squeeze a piece into each bite without overpowering the pie. He also offers an off-menu vegetarian version with fiery sautéed vegetables, more ranch dressing, and gorgonzola. It's available by request, but can sometimes be found as the Chef's Special in the by-the-slice case.

What You'll Need

Vegetarian? Substitute Chicken With:

  • Minced garlic
  • Onions
  • Red bell pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Crumbled gorgonzola
Tomato Pie Pizza Joint

2457 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027 (map) 310-314-2777;