Sunday, April 17, 2011
Mystic Pizza is the passion project of Lawrence, the pizzaiolo by night, office worker by day. He is the Clark Kent of pizza makers, with a secret identity known only to a select few. To the rest of the city he is the enigmatic "Mystic Pizza", a covert neighborhood dealer of homemade hand-tossed pizza. He has been perfecting his craft and doing a series of pop-up pizza making at parties and events. You can find him this weekend at Artisanal LA at Santa Monica Place.
Mystic makes the sauce and the dough from scratch and uses the highest quality cheese. This is truly the definition of artisanal. Seeing Mystic work is like a piece of performance art as the dough goes up in the air and spins. My favorite part of the pizzas are the sauce; I'd happily buy jars of it to use as pasta sauce and as something to dip bread in, if they were available for sale. On a recent pop-up party at his Lair, Mystic was selling several types of pies and I couldn't resist the margarita. I was hungry and took a bite before photographing, so that should give you an indication of how good it smelled. The pies were cooked on a pizza stone on a bbq and cooked up in under two minutes.
Mystic sources most of his ingredients at the Farmers Market and can make both vegetarian and vegan options. He does cater private events, but can otherwise be found in the Los Feliz / Silverlake neighborhood, so his appearance at Artisanal LA brings him to an entirely new part of town. Welcome to the Westside Mystic!
Follow Mystic Pizza on Twitter and on Facebook to learn more. Email at MysticPizzaLA@gmail.com