Alright, guys, I’m sure I’ll be flamed, but having been a midwestern guy living in LA for years, there *is* good ‘za to be had on the West Coast. Granted, the shops may not look too midwest or east coast, but that doesn’t mean it’s all bad. And, yeah, you’ll never find the density of great pizza you do in, say, NYC.
Like other areas of this great nation, a lot of the best pizza is in Italian restaurants. Check out Brogino’s in Redondo Beach – http://www.foodnow.tv/brogrevs.html.
When in Venice, CA, check out Abbot Pizza: http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/11301341/venice_ca/abbot_s_pizza.html?cslink=roundup_name_noncust&ulink=roundup__roundupentity1-6_1__0_profile_2_1.
Again, you’ll always be able to say, "It isn’t *exactly* what I grew up on," but isn’t that true of many things?