SANTA MONICA Calif. Ed LaDou, who dazzled the culinary world with what would become known as California gourmet pizza, died of cancer Dec. 27 at a Santa Monica hospital. He was 52. LaDou first rose to prominence for the innovative pizzas he prepared at Wolfgang Puck’s original Spago in Los Angeles. He later helped to design the menu for California Pizza Kitchen, the Los Angeles-based casual-dining chain that introduced such specialties as barbecue chicken pizza to the mass market. His ...

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