Richard Florczak left his career as a celebrity chef (Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Garner are just a few of his former clients) to open a pizzeria in a mini-mall in the San Fernando Valley last year.
Why leave such a sweet Hollywood job for a shopping center in Reseda? Because he fell in love with making pizza after building a wood-fire oven in his backyard, and spent five years perfecting his pizza crust.
So he opened Flame Pizzeria, a small restaurant with year-round twinkling lights and a 700-degree pizza oven that serves as the only heat source in the restaurant.
Florczak uses the oven to make meatball sliders, a puffy...