It’s National Pizza Week, in case you need another reason to buy a pie this week. But why just order pizza one day, when it’s being celebrated from Jan. 10-17? It’s not as if there aren’t enough places peddling pie that you can’t have a sweeping variety of pizza during the course of the week.

We’ve compiled a list of five places that offer delicious versions of the consensus desert island fare. They’re not in order of excellence, chiefly because we’re not interested in getting into a fistfight. Nor are they even necessarily the “best,” because there’s no way to determine that without, again, getting into a fistfight. We’re not even going to deal with the pineapple question.

Here are five places to get you started. Pick your own favorite places for the other two days of the week.

Two Little Coyotes


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Little Coyote took off quickly on Retro Row and has since opened another location on the Regular-Size Los Coyotes Diagonal in East Long Beach. If you listen to the chatter, their finest offering is their white pizza, a fine mix of toppings that includes spinach, ricotta, garlic, mozzerella, calabrian chile and white sauce. Our respondents in the Post’s Best of Long Beach last year voted Little Coyote as the best pizza in town, and the White Pizza as Long Beach’s best signature dish.

2118 E. Fourth Street, and 3500 Los Coyotes Diagonal; 562-434-2009

Good news for pizza-lovers: Deli News


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Deli News has been tucked away in a cozy spot in the north Los Altos Shopping Center for more than 25 years and it’s long been a favorite among CSULB students and neighborhood locals for its high quality and fair prices. A family of four can eat for less than $25 and walk away happy. Deli News has all the traditional styles, as well as such specialties as the BCR (bacon, chicken and ranch), Pastrami and Buffalo chicken). It offers rapid service, so it’s ideal if you’re in a hurry.

5555 Stearns St.; 562-598-2123.

Downtown’s Broadway Pizza and Grill

Broadway Pizza and Grill is perfectly situated for hungry workers and, later, party-ers in Downtown. It’s been a crowd favorite since 2006 and, when this whole Pizza Week thing is over, swing by and try some of their sandwiches and pasta dishes. But as for pizza, go for the B Dub, topped with pepperoni, Black Forest ham, jalapeños and roasted garlic.

120 E. Broadway; 562-901-9690.

Pinches Pizzas with a taste of Mexico


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Penches is a small, Mexican-owned restaurant that serves a unique selection of specialty pizzas including some spicy ones like the Mexican Bandido, a pizza topped with Mexican ingredients like jalapeños, beans and chorizo, and the Sriracha Bahn Mi, which carries sriracha chicken, cilantro, carrot and (you guessed it) jalapeño. Pinches Pizzas also offers a vegetarian option, dubbed “Veggielicious,” which carries mushrooms, onions, bell pepper, olives, tomato, garlic and cheese. A vegan version of the Veggielicious is also available upon request only. They’ll even make your pizza in a different shape, like a heart or a happy face, upon request.

1711 E. Anaheim St.; 562-599-5246.

4th Horseman, Apocalyptic pie


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We would never hear the end of it if we omitted Downtown’s famed 4th Horseman out of any compilation that included the word “pizza.” The Horseman takes great delight in producing innovative pies such as El Puerco Loco (spicy carnitas, pickled red onions, jalapeños, and avocado tomatillo salsa) or the scorching Hellfire (bacon, mozzarella, house made ricotta, habanero, jalapeños, roasted red peppers, and basil, apocalyptic sauce (in pentagram shape). For the more meek, there’s the Slasher (house tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, pepperoni.)

121 W. Fourth St.; 562-513-3394.

Staff reporter Crystal Niebla contributed to this article.


Tim Grobaty is a columnist and the Opinions Editor for the Long Beach Post. You can reach him at 562-714-2116, email [email protected], @grobaty on Twitter and Grobaty on Facebook.