Ellen DeGeneres’s Oscars Pizza Delivery Guy Opens Restaurant, Names Pie in Her Honor

09/19/2014 at 11:11 AM ET

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Edgar Martirosyan, who catapulted to fame after the world watched him bring 20 pizzas to Ellen DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars, isn’t resting on his insta-celeb laurels.

The co-owner of the Big Mama’s and Papa’s chain, famous for a 54-inch Sicilian that is allegedly the world’s largest deliverable pie, is branching out with a more chichi Los Angeles restaurant called Wood Handcrafted Pizza, which he opened with his brother Erik. The focus will be on 12-inch pizzas with artisanal toppings such as lamb sausage, prosciutto di parma and local mushrooms.

And the talk show host, who’s spoken openly about her commitment to a vegan lifestyle, is a fan. “Edgar, my Oscars pizza guy, brought lunch for my staff! He has a new restaurant in Silverlake called Wood Handcrafted Pizza. It’s amazing,” she Tweeted recently.

The Martirosyans were certain to give the comedian props: One of the four vegan pizzas on the menu is named—wait for it!—The Ellen. The pie is topped with zesty ingredients like serrano peppers and cilantro, and finished with olive oil and balsamic vinegar:

Ellen DeGeneres Vegan Pizza
Courtesy Wood Pizza

“Working with Ellen is always a pleasure and we always love to get her feedback. She has been so great and supportive, so it only makes sense that we name our top vegan pizza after her,” Erik Martirosyan told PEOPLE.

Actor Forest Whitaker also stopped in to try Wood’s offerings and looks pretty pleased with the results:

Want to try making your own Ellen-inspired vegan pie? Start with a basic vegan dough — like the recipe below — and juj it up Martirosyan-style. Their finished pizza sounds like a tasty cross between a salad and a salsa: Along with oil and vinegar its toppings include Follow Your Heart vegan cheese, tomatoes, garlic, Napa cabbage, garbanzo beans, sliced red onion, serrano chile peppers, avocado, cilantro and lime juice.

Basic Pizza Dough

1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. dry yeast (about ½ a package)
¾ cup warm water (105F to 115F)
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

1. Dissolve sugar and yeast in ¾ cup water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes.

2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Stir 2 cups flour, oil, and salt into yeast mixture to form a soft dough.

3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes). Add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent the dough from sticking. Place dough in large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning dough to coat top. Cover dough, and let rise in a warm place (85°F), free from drafts, 40 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

4. Punch dough down. Cover and let rise 40 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; roll each portion into a 9-inch circle on a lightly floured surface.

5. Place dough circles on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Top and bake according to directions.

—Lexi Dwyer

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Cathy on

I was really hoping they’d named it the “”DeGenerous toppings” pizza!

rlb237 on

Sounds and looks yummy! Not crazy about the restaurant name though, how about a touch of creativity? Oh well, not my place, not my call!

Good luck to them and the restaurant either way, I’m happy for them.

CRM on

Cathy- that is clever!

Tracy on

Cathy wins the comment of the day. Good one.

Ayisha From Brooklyn on

Cathy that was a good one!! “DeGenerous Pizza” you should call them and tell them the name you came up with, maybe they will rename it or name other pie.

Anonymous on

Cathy, I love your idea!! Very good!

Guest on

Cathy had a great idea, call it the DeGenerous pizza. Heehee.

valerie on

Good for the brothers, I wish them much success!!

Anonymous on

I’m getting hungry. XDD

Tandra on

So why does this say bake according to directions? I thought this was the directions!! Does anyone know what temperature and for how long??

Sarah b on

damn, that Ellen looks delicious!

Ellen on

Good for them. I hope they make oodles of money. But Ellen DeGeneres is NOT a vegan and hasn’t been since she started eating “happy eggs” and has kept her contract with Cover Girl who tests on animals. I believe she’s also involved with other companies that exploit animals. So it makes me sad that they would name a scrumptious pizza after a phony vegan.

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I have the feeling this guy will have some serious cash coming in……

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