Mother Dough, Lucifer's, Tomato Pie and Garage to name just a few.
Hard Times, where I probably ate hundreds of pies in the '90s, is cleaned out inside. A sign on the door explains that the rent was raised too high for them to continue. They've already reopened at a former Domino's location on Glendale Blvd. in Echo Park, according to the Eastsider. Their pizza was fine when there was little else in the neighborhood besides Pizza Buona and Domino's, but not all that impressive once you tried the newer entries. Meanwhile chain restauant Z Pizza is apparently moving into the Hard Times space with its California Pizza Kitchen-esque menu of pizzas and salads.
Nicky D's was terribly inconsistent -- lodged in an old house with a problematic parking lot, it had moments of wood-fired greatness, especially at the beginning 11 years ago, mixed with screaming at the servers, forgetting that your pizza was sitting on the counter while you were waiting with hungry small children, forgetting to deliver your order, etc. The owners said a new restaurant will be moving in.
We usually go to Tomato Pie, since it's the closest, but I also like Mother Dough when it's not too crowded and there's no kids to feed and Lucifer's for the fiery ring-burner model. Will you miss Hard Times and Nicky D's?