Well, sort of. As you traverse the streets of Little Armenia in Hollywood, you’ll come across many establishments serving popular Armenian dishes. One of the most popular foods is lahmajune, also known as Armenian pizza. A great place to try this baked goodness is at Sasoun Bakery on Santa Monica Boulevard and Normandie Avenue.
About a year ago, just a few blocks up the same street at Santa Monica and Alexandria Avenue, an authentic Italian (Napoletana, to be exact) pizzeria, DeSano Pizza, opened shop. Our recent visit really impressed us. From the outside, you’d hardly know it was a pizza joint. When you walk in, however, you see this simple industrial layout that reveals all the inner workings of a modern pizzeria; an open floor plan that let’s you see the pizza dough being made, the imported ingredients sitting against the perimeters of the seating area, and pizzaioli preparing the pies right after you order.
They have four large brick wood-burning ovens individually named after cities in Italy along with the patron saints that watch over those cities.
We ordered two pies, the margherita and the desano. They were both really tasty, with a soft chewy crust, fresh toppings, and the flavors of the burn marks on the bottoms of the pizza. Yumm.
Now that we’ve found Armenian pizza and Italian pizza within a few blocks of each other, our weekends will consist of eating lahmajune for lunch and strolling over for some wood baked pizzas for dinner. The empires have finally united!
Over the years, we have been fortunate to develop relationships with many businesses within the community. Working directly with local merchants in Hollywood’s Little Armenia district, we bring you the best our community has to offer in the Little Armenia Shop.
In addition to products from local merchants in Hollywood, we are also proud to offer products imported from Armenia. It’s our small way of supporting mother Armenia and, at the same time, introducing diasporan Armenians and non-Armenians to Armenian goods (such as preserves, pickled vegetables, and juices) — which are some of the best tasting and of the highest quality in the world thanks to Armenia’s ecologically rich soil.
The presence of specialty lunch trucks throughout Los Angeles is palpable. And they’re no longer serving simple tacos and burgers. The new fleet of “meals-on-wheels” are serving gourmet grub with increasing popularity through the clever use of social media tools, like Twitter and Facebook. A recent new entry into this culinary landscape is the Hungry Nomad.
So what, you ask? Well, it’s the first lunch truck to serve in LA that specializes in Armenian and Lebanese cuisine. What makes this news whet our appetite even more is that this venture is from Sasoun Bakery, the pureveyors of our favorite lahmajune (Armenian pizza) in Little Armenia.
Some of the tasty items on their truck menu include lahmajune, cheese and beef beorek, fattoush and Armenian potato salad, and hummus.
Check out this video on how their lahmajune is made…
Hungry Nomad is a mobile spin off of Sasoun Bakery, a family owned and operated Armenian/Lebanese bakery with 8 locations – six in the LA area and two in Lebanon. We have taken our most popular family recipes and given them an edgy and innovative twist for the road. Many ask, why Hungry Nomad? Our truck is a traveling nomad without a permanent home, migrating from one location to another with a primary focus of feeding the people. Our truck is also a representation of us and our people. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians have left their homeland and spread throughout the world, picking up hints from each country they settled in. Our original cuisine is the product of a mix of cultures and flavors that tells the story of our people.
Although it was an arduous task (big grin), we finally finished compiling a list of what we think are the best (Armenian) places to eat in Little Armenia of Hollywood. It took several long months of research, and an extra handle around the waistline, to put together what we believe is a very respectable list. Oh the sacrifices we make for our loyal visitors! Now, please keep in mind that we are not professional food critics. But, we love to eat as much as the next Armenian and that’s saying a lot! In fact, we have been often told “beranit hameh gides.” To translate, please find an Armenian friend. Ok, without much further adieu, we bring you The List. And, by the way, we’re not getting paid by any of these establishments in case there are any thoughts of politics involved with the selection process. The List.