Row 1

13726 Oxnard St (at Mammoth Ave)
Van Nuys, CA 91401
(818) 784-6226
Pizza, Italian
Mon–Thu: 11:00 AM–9:30 PM Fri–Sat: 11:00 AM–11:30 PM Sun: 11:00 AM–9:00 PM

Frank Monteleone passed away in 2010, but Los Angeles pizza the tradition he started at Barone's with his siblings in 1945 lives on. There are two interesting legends about how Barone's iconic style came to be. According to the restaurant, the square shape of the pizza came to be mostly out of practicality: to fit more pizzas in the oven. And the signature Monterey Jack cheese blend? 

According to Frank's son Tom, that came about because one day, the restaurant didn't have mozzarella cheese. "It came cut in rectangular pieces, so they just pieced it on top like a puzzle," he told The Los Angeles Daily News. "People would see the guys eating this square, thin-crust pizza and want one. That's how it started. We never changed the shape or the cheese." 

There are nine pies on the menu, including barbecue chicken (with cilantro), Hawaiian, and an Alfredo sauce chicken pizza, but the classic is "Barone's Famous House Combination," with sausage, pepperoni, and green peppers. 

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015

Foursquare Tips

  • Thin crust pizza and old school ristorante ambience. Get the anchovy pizza.
  • Barone's Famous Italian Restaurant used to be a German restaurant that can be seen in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High - watch it now!
  • Check out the live enterrtainment in the evenings.
  • The Hamptons of the valley!
  • The pizza is great. Don't bother with pepperoni if you don't want the oil dripping down your arm. It can be a bit much. The cheese pizza by itself is outstanding.
  • Def best pizza! My fav pepperoni pizza!
  • the staff was v attentive c:
  • Opened 1945. East coast Italian. Moved in 2006 into the former space of the defunct Old Heidelberg. Amazing original 1958 vintage interiors & lounge.
  • The best pizza period
  • Best pizza in LA! And I love the atmosphere....very laid back and almost feels like you got out of the city for a night
  • The Clam Chowder rocks!
  • The pizza is the bomb, make sure you ask for well done
  • It was awesome
  • Frequently used movie filming location.
  • Best Californian pizza ever, I've grown up on this since theyhad the place in toluca lake, check out their sister cafe in woodland hills.
  • Combo pizza is the best! A family tradition for years.
  • Best cheese pizza in L.A...that's right, plain cheese.
  • My husbands fav after 50 years. Gotta love square pizza
  • The Caesar salad is so good
  • The pizza is so good here wow