Caioti Pizza Café's Ed LaDou is a certified California pizza pioneer. He moved his nondescript, unassuming pizzeria from Laurel Canyon to its current Studio City location a few years ago, and he's never looked back. LaDou is a pizza toppings master. His barbecued chicken pizza will make it impossible to eat the pale imitation at a California Pizza Kitchen ever again. His toppings, which feature roast garlic, bacon, shallots, and lamb sausage, let you know that there is a serious culinary mind at work here. The only thing that's slightly disappointing at Caioti is the crust. It's a perfectly OK, thinnish crust that somewhat surprisingly comes out of a conventional gas-fired oven, but it's not unlike crust you've had a many other pizza places. Toppings this good created by someone as talented as LaDou deserve a better crust.
Update (1/4/2008): Sad news, ladies and gents. Ed LaDou died on December 27, 2007. No word yet on what will become of Caioti.
Caioti Pizza Café
Address: 4346 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City CA 91604 (map)