DTown Pizzeria is making a comeback to the City of West Hollywood after closing in the city’s east side earlier this year. “Coming Soon Back to WeHo,” reads a sign at 8424-D Santa Monica Boulevard–the former home of Big Mamas & Papas Pizzeria which closed this past September.
Dtown Pizzeria was located inside Phorage WeHo, 7326 Santa Monica Blvd for roughly three years. According to their Instagram account, their last day open in WeHo was April 6. Owner Ryan Ososky said Dtown had outgrown the space inside a Vietnamese soup kitchen and was on the lookout for something bigger. Then Big Mamas & Papas opened in WeHo.
“We’re expecting good things,” Dtown’s owner and chef, Ryan Ososky, told WEHO TIMES. “We’re happy to be back in town and we’re looking forward to bringing some great world champion Detroit style pizza back to West Hollywood. We started on Sunset Boulevard back in 2020. We live close by so we like being a part of the community and we’re really excited to bring our pizzas back to the city.”
Ososky says the new space is three times the size of their previous space. He hopes to be open real soon, but could not give a date or time frame at this moment.
Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria is a pizza restaurant chain primarily located in Southern California. The first Big Mama’s & Papa’s was opened in 1992 by Armenian immigrant brothers Aro and Allen Agakhanyan. The chain is notable for its extremely large “Giant Sicilian” pizza, which is claimed to be the largest deliverable pizza in the world. The chain also gained notoriety when, during the 86th Academy Awards in 2014, host Ellen DeGeneres had Big Mama’s pizzas delivered onstage.
The West Hollywood pizzeria had been at that location since the early/mid 90s. A For Lease sign went up this past September, but it does not appear the space was on the market for too long with DTown Pizza announcing that it is opening soon in WeHo’s Midcity area.
Dtown Pizzeria began posting about pop-ups in West Hollywood as early as 2017. One of those pop-ups was inside Phorage WeHo, which became its permanent home in 2020 during the COVID pandemic before it closed in April.
Dtown is known for its Detroit-style deep-crust square pies with a lot of heart, thanks to chef Ryan Ososky’s Michigan roots. The chef uses premium ingredients for super-unique pies, including the Cornhole (summer corn, bacon jam, & pickled jalapenos) and the coyly spot-on Life Is Truff 2020 (black truffle, goat cheese, mushrooms, pickled onions, & thyme).
An opening date is pending as of this post, but since their WeHo closure, they have opened a location in the Westfield Topanga Mall.