#49 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Los Angeles (Margherita)
Haven’t heard of 800 Degrees? That won’t likely be the case for long. Consider that the concept was developed by Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman (who seems to have plans for a national burger empire) and former Michael Mina corporate chef Anthony Carron, and earlier this year, 800 degrees received $7 million in financing to expand. What’s the big deal? Personalized Neapolitan pies, which cook up in about 60 seconds in an 800-degree wood-burning oven (thus the name). Start picturing a pizza-themed Chipotle concept and you’ll likely start seeing dollar signs, too. That’s right, there just may be a day very soon when you can expect a quality Neapolitan-style pie in every city right next to its local Starbucks. Chain prejudice aside, you can’t rip 800 Degrees for putting out what some consider the simplest and best showcase of crushed tomato, fresh mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, olive oil, and basil. Just be ready to buy stock.