Fall and Full Bar Descend Upon Pitfire Pizza on Fairfax

Apple & Pork Festival, Sprouts ‘n Bacon Pizza, Rumpkin Pie Cocktail, Linguica Ragout (clockwise)

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.

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Pitfire Pizza Celebrates its 15th Anniversary and New Fall Menu

Roasted Pumpkin Pizza, Kale, Pumpkin Seeds

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.

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Superba Snack Bar Preview at Pitfire Artisan Pizza in West Hollywood

Chicken liver mousse, lardo, pate, etc. - Osteria La Buca

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:

  • Snack: Chicken Liver Mousse, Rye Toast, Balsamic Cherries, Basil Buds ($10)
  • Salad: Eclectic Acres Greens, Superba Ricotta, Famers’ Market Vegetables, Blossoms, Picked Jalapeño Dressing ($8)
  • Pizza: Ramps and Ramp Greens, Ricotta, Crème Fraiche, Smoked Bone Marrow ($12)
  • Pasta: Garganelli, Lamb Bolognese, Black Garlic, Smoked Ricotta Salata ($14)
  • Sandwich: Porchetta, Wild Arugula, Preserved Lemon, Garlic Confit ($12)
  • Drinks: Beer Sangria ($7), Belgian White, Prosecco, Chardonnay, Apricot Juice ($8)

It promises to be a hearty yet flavorful set, so I’m looking forward to it. Buon appetito!

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Wednesday & Thursday
May 23 – 24, 2012

7 PM
No reservations needed

Pitfire Artisan Pizza
801 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
323.544.6240

Pitfire Pizza Introduces New Spring Menu

Since Pitfire is one of my favorite Southern California pizza joints – serving beer and wine to boot – I was excited to hear Executive Chef Michael Ainslie is 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
  • Roasted Artichoke Pizza ($9.95) – Roasted Artichoke Slices, Blistered Cherry Tomatoes, Wilted Spinach, Black Olives
  • Sausage and Spring Greens Pizza ($9.95) – Fennel Sausage, Arugula, Charred Scallion, Roasted Fennel, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Garlic
  • Spring Salad ($9.00) – Grilled Asparagus, Roasted Pee-Wee Potatoes, Radish, Goat Cheese, Pine Nuts, Lemon Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Broccoli Rapini Pasta ($8.95) – Gemelli Pasta, Pepperonata, Rapini “Pesto,” Parmesan
  • Farmer’s Market Plate ($9.95) – Chili-Roasted Fennel, Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Rosemary & Garlic, Grilled Treviso Raddichio with Balsamic, Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan
  • BBQ Chicken Panini ($8.95) – Avocado, Gouda, Coleslaw, Homemade BBQ Sauce

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 – 10 PM
Sun 12 PM – 9 PM

Pitfire Pizza Brings Delicious Artisan Pies West

Burrata Pie

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.

Pitfire Chicken Salad

The chicken salad ($10.95) was delicious as was the Farmers Market Roasted Vegetables ($9.95) – 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 red pepper and a light dusting of crumb. Get these vegetables.

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