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Local Sourcing In Los Angeles: Which Restaurants Do It Best?

First Posted: 10/25/11 01:23 PM ET Updated: 12/25/11 05:12 AM ET

In Los Angeles, the local movement is nothing new. In fact, if a restaurant isn’t talking about its farm-to-table methods, we’re conditioned to raise an eyebrow.

To be local is so appealing that many a restaurant menu will disclose its local and sustainable sourcing, but you know, “whenever possible.” (Mezze in West Hollywood, the eponymous Local in Silver Lake, et al.)

Even the most local restaurants will have some sort of workable caveat, but the 10 restaurants below are easily among the city's most local.

Stella Rossa Pizza Bar
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Eating chef Jeff Mahin's pizza is a near-celestial experience, thanks in large part to its crust. You might order the Bloomsdale spinach and purple kale pie and upon lift off, your slice will not limp away in your lap; in fact, each bite will at once produce a crispiness and a suppleness.

Dough is formed daily, and the flour is sourced from a local San Joaquin Valley mill. The same dough is used for the housemade bread, of which you'll get a helping, grilled, with an order of the locally-sourced burrata and grilled grapes. And on a good night, you might get to sample Mahin's unbelievably creamy housemade butter.

Stella Rossa, 2000 Main Street, at Bay Street (310-396-9250 or

Photo via Stella Rossa Pizza Bar