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Ed LaDou, California Pizza Pioneer, Dies at 52

Adam Kuban 4 comments

Ed LaDou—the pioneer of California-style pizza, the man behind Wolfgang Puck's Spago pizzas and the original California Pizza Kitchen menu, and the owner of Caioti Pizza Café in Studio City, California—died on December 27, 2007, of cancer in Santa Monica. From the Los Angeles Times obituary: In January 1982, Spago opened with LaDou as pizza chef, carrying out the visions of Puck. There was pizza topped with smoked salmon and pizza topped with duck sausage. Puck also allowed LaDou to select toppings. "It was like being an artist who'd worked with 10 colors all of his life and then got... More

Caioti Pizza Café

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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,... More

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