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Sapori Di 786 Degree Pizza - Wood Fired Pizza with Flavors from Around the World, Locations in Pasadena & Sun Valley, CA

Joy Sun | @littlejoybigworld

So apparently, in order to achieve the best pizza crust, you bake it for 60-90 seconds in a wood-fired oven at approximately 786 degrees.

I have no idea whether or not this is standard in Italy, but it works, and it's amazing. It's also an intense labor of love, wouldn't you say? The chefs labor in front of a nearly eight hundred degree flame and watch the crust, because it could disintegrate or burn in just a matter of seconds. These pizza masters deserve an award. All their labor paid off -- the crust is thin yet pillowy, soft, doughy, crispy, everything you'd wish and more. The crust is actually thinner than I'm used to, so I find it extra impressive that it's still so soft despite that.

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One of the best things about this place is how you can get all the flavors around the globe at this little modest establishment. Yes, they have a Korean bulgogi pizza, pizza with chicken doner (the Istanbul), with chorizo (the El Chapo), and so many more!

The Bombay Tikka Masala ($15) was made with saffron tikka masala sauce, San Marzano tomatoes, chicken kebab, mango chutney, burrata, paneer, sweet peppers, cilantro, olive oil, grilled onions, himalayan salt, and kaffir lime. I loved the flavors of tikka masala on pizza. Such unique flavors you wouldn't expect to enjoy! It was also the prettiest pizza of the bunch, with vibrant reds and bright greens.

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The Bumble Bee Sting ($17) was made with hot honey, spicy soppressata and calabrian chilis. So simple and delicious. It was a fan favorite all around! Hot honey is the real deal, everyone. This pizza had such a kick! It was zingy and spicy and delicious and had just the perfect amount of sweetness. I've never had a pizza quite like this one. Honestly the best of the bunch we tried.

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The Shrimp Tuscany ($15) was comprised of creamy pesto, garlic shrimp, spinach, parmesan, romano cheese, truffle oil, mozzarella, arugula, topped with oregano, thyme & rosemary. This one tasted like a shrimp pesto pasta, but in pizza form. Oh so good! Each slice was sure to have a perfect garlicky shrimp perched on it.

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We picked up these pizzas to share with friends and family, and "this is the best pizza I've ever had!" was heard round the table, over and over again...probably about all three pizzas we had. My friend just couldn't decide which one was her favorite! In fact, the very words "can this place cater our wedding?" were said about the pizza here. You know it's good if it's been declared wedding-worthy.

And I know I said one of the best things about this place is the flavors, but I'm wrong -- it's actually the way the owner gives back to the community. There are signs posted all over the establishment -- if you're struggling due to covid, the owner is giving you free pizza. And if you can't pick up your pizza for any reason, it'll be donated to frontline workers and people in need.

If you're in the Pasadena/LA area, this is the business to support. You'll be so happy you did.

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