The place known for its consistently great, tasty and reasonable Neopolitan crust with the sides and pasta to match has stepped it up in the booze department – at least at their location on Fairfax. Formerly confined to wine and beer, Pitfire Pizza now has a full liquor license with a fall cocktail menu to debut with the return of a few fall food favorites.
The great thing about their new cocktail menu is that they’ve streamlined it to just a trio of pretty phenomenal seasonals but also Moscow Mules made with Tito’s on tap, a few classics like the Old Fashioned and Negroni, and another trio of customizable sours with your choice of spirit. And they all go for a wallet-happy $8 per cocktail.
It’s been a few years since Pitfire Pizza had found a special place in my heart. Though I first became surprisingly enamored with the well built-out chain starting with the unveiling of their Culver City location, I was surprised to learn that they’re actually celebrating the 15th anniversary of the first, their North Hollywood location, this year.
Their quality is ensured by a well sized, manageable menu that joins the locations together. If you only order pizza, you’re actually missing a big part of their appeal. They always have excellent vegetable sides and well executed pastas to cover all their bases. And now, you’ll have fall flavors to look forward to on your next visit, starting with their Roasted Pumpkin Pizza with kale and pumpkin seeds.
Since Jason Neroni left Osteria La Buca, Hollywood’s been feeling a little blue since he was the center of some of the best Italian the neighborhood ever knew. It’s a great thing, then, that he’s scheduled to make a comeback with his and Paul Hibler’s own Superba Snack Bar (nay, not so great that it’s all the way in Venice). But we can take advantage of the pop-up going on this week, however, at the West Hollywood location of Pitfire Pizza.
The pop-up at Hibler’s Pitfire is essentially a preview of what’s to come in about a month at Superba Snack Bar, which will be located at 933 Rose in Venice. So check the menu below (subject to change) and hop on over to the Fairfax District in the next couple of days:
Since Pitfire is one of my favorite Southern California pizza joints – serving beer and wine to boot – I was excited to hearÂ Executive Chef Michael Ainslie isÂ launching a new spring menu. Each of the new items highlight ingredients that are in season as our temperatures get warmer:
Grilled Pineapple & Appalachian Country Ham Pizza ($10.25) – Grilled Pineapple, Charred Poblano Chile, Benton’s Country Ham, Red Onion, Mozzarella
I’m especially excited to try the Sausage and Spring Greens Pizza – I love fennel and in my past experience at Pitfire, the produce has been nothing but fresh. The crust has lots to be vouched for; rarely do I find a crust this interesting, especially on this coast!! It’s nice and buttery when you get to the edge of the pie.
Check below for the nearest Pitfire to you…
Pitfire North Hollywood 5211 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601 818.980.2949 Mon – Wed: 11 AM – 9 PM Thur – Sat: 11 AM – 10 PM Sun: 12 PM – 9 PM
Pitfire Downtown LA 108 W. 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 213.808.1200 Mon – Sat: 11 AM – 10 PM Sun: 12 PM – 10 PM
Pitfire Westwood 2018 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 310.481.9860 Mon 11 AM – 9 PM Tue – Fri 11 AM – 10 PM Sun 12 PM – 9 PM
Pitfire Mar Vista 12924 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90066 424.835.4088 Mon – Sat 11 AM â€“ 10 PM Sun 12 PM – 9 PM
Edit (1/22/10): Eater LA reports that due to the rain, the opening has been postponed to January 30 (or even later)!!
Set to officially open on January 23, 2010 is the 4th installment of Pitfire Pizza, featuring artisan pizzas hand-crafted with the freshest, finest ingredients – some of which are grown in their very own garden out front.
I arrive at the soft opening unsure if I’m in the right place at all (part of it is still under construction) but still felt drawn to the warm glow of the space. First of all, the address says Culver City, but I Google map the address to find it’s south of Santa Monica Airport. Er? Good thing I spot Diana Takes a Bite. And then as I enter, I eye lucious vegetable and salad plates on the table, ready for absorption. Zing.
The chicken salad ($10.95) was delicious as was the Farmers Market Roasted Vegetables ($9.95)Â – which were done to a perfect tenderness. The brussels sprouts were still firm and the seasoning was subtle and complimentary. Another favorite was the cauliflower, which came with mild redÂ pepper and a light dusting of crumb. Get these vegetables.