In Los Angeles, Pizza Goes Global

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According to the Los Angeles Tim""es, “Brami’s Kosher Pizza in Reseda bakes the impossible. Somehow stuffed inside a thin disc of malawach — a Yemeni flatbread as dense and flaky as a hundred layers of phyllo — is a pizza. Mozzarella oozes with each bite from between the crisp sheets of dough, bringing with it tangy crumbles of feta, diced tomatoes and briny green olives. At its edge, the crust is pinched into an almost pastry-like braid, sealed just well enough to contain that cheesy filling.”

“There are traditional kosher pizzas on the menu — rabbinically approved reproductions of the classics — but at Eli and Shelly Brami’s restaurant, the malawach pizza is a creation apart. It’s as Israeli as it is American, a unique melding of culinary concepts that reflects the cross-cultural pizza boom spreading across Southern California. Just as certain city blocks contain the cuisines of a half-dozen different countries, pizza in Los Angeles doesn’t conform to one nationality — it practically circumnavigates the globe.”