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Daily Slice: Margherita at 31Ten Lounge, Los Angeles

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[Photographs: Kelly Bone]

Known for its booming beats and sultry vibe, 31Ten Lounge has a woodburning oven to feed pizza to hungry clubgoers. At $10, the Margherita costs less than a cocktail at this upscale lounge. Though friend of Slice Noel Brohner is no longer manning the oven, the pies are still worth a try.

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The crust is surprising soft and springy, with a decent hole structure. This weighty slice sags a bit, but has a chewy bite all the way through, and a nice bit of char. There's no suggestion of fermentation or salt in the dough's flavor, which is fine, considering the kitchen's heavy-handed splat of cheese.

Lightly sweet tomato sauce peeks out between the brown blistered lattice of salty mozzarella. The basil is scarce and overpowered by the cheese, raising the question: can you ever have too much cheese? Yeah, you can.

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This is a good pie and a doubly good bargain. But without the fostering of a passionate pizzaiolo it's unlikely to ever fully transcend the club scene.

31Ten Lounge

3110 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405 (map)
(310) 450-5522; 31tenlounge.com

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