Stella Barra Pizzeria
The pies may well be Santa Monica’s best: The crust is crisp but gives way to a soft puffiness with a nutty flavor. It’s far more than a vehicle for toppings that include smoked mozzarella and smokier coppa, Bloomsdale spinach with crispy purple kale and young pecorino, and house-made Italian sausage with fresh oregano and fennel pollen.
Cheap Eats: Pizza, June 2012
The pie: Goat cheese and applewood smoked bacon
The price: Whole pie, $14.95 (feeds 1 to 2)
The style: A crusty hybrid of California and Naples
The angle: Market-driven pizzas made from a custom-milled flour blend