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Pizza Talk: Justin DeLeon, King of the Crown Pizza

Written By Peter Reinhart
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 Pizza Talk | Uncategorized

Justin DeLeon is the king of the Crown Pizza! He owns Apollonia’s Pizza in  the heart of downtown Los Angeles and I found out about him from none other than Nancy Silverton, who you may recall talked him up in her Pizza Talk interview earlier this year. A former (and current) professional photographer, Justin brings together his love of art and composition with his passion for pizza, and creates some of the most beautiful (and delicious) pizzas in America. His signature pie, and the one that most Instagram followers know, is his Crown Pizza, a Detroit-style square pie with a tall crispy cheese frico that rises well above the pizza, forming a spectacular crown-like rim. But don’t take my word for it — watch this interview and demo and see how Justin makes it happen.

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