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Urbano Pizza Bar is open downtown

June 14, 2011 |  6:00 am

Urbano Pizza Bar opened on Friday at 6th and Hope streets downtown -- a corner pizzeria dressed in reclaimed wood and exposed brick with a couple of wood-burning ovens and a list of Italian wines and Italian beers too, the latter all on tap. 

The sunlit dining room features a pressed-tin ceiling and rough-hewn wood floors, with a big communal table in the center decorated with potted rosemary. And there's a patio, for taking in downtown while drinking an Italian IPA. 

The menu is a quick read: eight pizzas, namely pomodoro, Margherita, carciofi (with smoked mozzarella and artichokes, pictured above), mushroom, four-cheese, salami, fennel sausage, and clam; a handful of appetizers such as tomatoes with burrata and grilled bread; and a few sides -- extra crushed tomato sauce, for example. The pizzas are the thin-crusted, bubbly-edged, New York-Neapolitan hybrid that seems de rigueur in L.A. 

Wash them down with a glass of Vermentino or Insolia. But don't expect dessert or coffee. Urbano doesn't serve either. 

630 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, (213) 614-1900, www.urbanopizzabar.com. 


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