Without Papers Pizza is located above its sister restaurant, Sugo, in Inglewood. After climbing a long steep flight of stairs, you’re presented with a warm atmosphere. A large pizza oven dominates one corner of the open kitchen. Movies from Hollywood’s golden age is projected on another wall.
I met up with a former coworker for an impromptu lunch. The place was not too busy on a sunny Thursday afternoon and we were seated at a corner table beside the giant windows overlooking 9th Avenue. Service was a bit slow given that there was only one server for the entire restaurant that afternoon.
There were many interesting combination of pizzas and I found it difficult to decide on which to order as they all looked really good. I found that the pizzas were on the pricey side with most options hovering around the $20 range. We ordered the Hawaiian 5-0, Hutch and Pollo Pesto pizzas to try.
The Hawaiian 5-0 had Canadian back bacon, generous toppings of pineapples, spicy jalapeno, aged cheddar and mozzarella – all held together with a tomato sauce base. The jalapenos packed lots of heat and offset the sweet tomato sauce nicely. I loved how the crust was thin, crispy on the outside and tender with a slight chewiness on the inside.
The Hutch had spicy casalingo salami, spicy calabrese salami, sautéed pepperonata, mozzarella, and a tomato sauce base. This pizza packed a dry heat that lingers in your mouth afterwards.
The Pollo Pesto had roasted chicken, marinated tomatoes, crumbly asiago d’allevo that is reminiscent of parmesan cheese on a pesto panna sauce. This was probably the best of the three pizzas we tried. The basil in the pesto complimented the asiago cheese nicely. The acidity in the tomatoes made sure the pizza didn’t taste too heavy.
The pizza crust can be requested gluten-free – a nice option for those on a gluten-free diet.
TLDR: interesting combinations. Pizza was good albeit pricey.