Fast But Fresh: 800 Degrees
July 13, 2016
Hollywood just got a great addition to their fast-casual dining scene in 800 Degrees, the ever-consistent, convenient and delicious option for pizza and salads is now on Vine north of Sunset Boulevard. The beautifully appointed space features a high ceilings, white tile and wooden furnishings harkening back to its former identity as Cafe Was. You’ll start by entering the salads and/or pizza line to order up your food exactly to your specifications.
Start with their original Neopolitan, crispy or gluten-free crust on which to pile your sauce and toppings. Their bases include Margherita with crushed tomato, mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, olive oil and basil; a sauceless Bianca with two cheeses, garlic, oregano and olive oil; Marinara with crushed tomato and garlic (no cheese); and Verde featuring a pinenut-basil pesto and the same two cheese favorites. Choose from a wide selection of meats and cheeses to add to your pie as well as a variety of vegetables. It’s hard not to create a pizza you won’t love.
If you want to leave the combinations up to the experts, you’ll be able to do that, too, with selections such as the Carni pizza, a pepperoni, bacon and ham pie or the Zucca, a white pie with butternut squash, caramelized onions, bacon and rosemary oil.
Saddle your pizza up with a choice of 4 burrata dishes and a fresh salad. Choose from varieties such as the Ceasar, chopped, kale and Greek. Warm small bites include meatballs, truffle cheese bread and broccolini roasted with garlic.
The pleasant dining space has plenty of natural sunlight during the day thanks to the two-story structure with top-to-bottom windows. And to further stress the fast-but-fresh concept that 800 Degrees is, you won’t find any of those typical shakers filled with dried red pepper flakes on any of the tables. Instead, you’ll find a batch of fresh red chili flake paste available for the helping at the pick-up service counter – which is where you’ll claim your pie fresh out of the wood-fired oven set to its namesake temperature.
1521 N. Vine Street
Esther Tseng is a freelance food and drink writer. She has contributed to Eater, Thrillist, LA Tourism, Visit West Hollywood, Serious Drinks, and more. She practices Pilates, spins and snowboards to counter all the calories she consumes and loves to travel, whether for work or leisure.