I’m always elated to see a restaurant that lasts more than 15 minutes. So many of them come and go with tide, but Pitfire Pizza, currently with five locations, has been around for 15 years, delivering its homey charm, and ingratiating itself into the local terrain of several neighborhoods throughout Southern California.
The first time I visited Pitfire was about three years ago at their newly erected Culver City location on Washington Blvd. It’s a fun place, kid friendly, with enough variety for everyone, and price points that won’t break the bank. The patio is cool and inviting if you prefer to sit outside.
Sit down and enjoy the airy atmosphere while the pizzas cook and sizzle in their ovens nearby. Inhale the woodsy goodness of this place and make sure you bring your appetite.
Known as a “place where foodies bring their kids,” discerning diners will be wowed with the menu where surprising elements collide into a cacophony of flavor. Not only are there a number of pizzas, but you’ll also find pasta, Panini, a number of salads and of course a variety of sweets and a healthy selection of libations.
Currently, Pitfire is debuting its Fall Menu, so we decided to embrace several seasonal samplings. We started with the fresh Roasted Pear Salad ($9), with roasted Bosc pears, dates, ricotta cheese, pine nuts, mixed lettuces and a fig and olive vinaigrette. This salad was a nice palate cleanser, and thankfully not too spicy.
Four seasonal pizzas followed, with my favorite being their Tuscan Pie Pizza topped with chicken, onions, potatoes and pesto. ($7.95) Not only was it a winner in my book with its unusual flavors, but those who order it also get a free T-shirt, to commemorate Pitfire’s 15-Year Anniversary. Yeah!
On the lighter side was the mild Pumpkin Pie Pizza ($10) a neighborhood favorite, so colorful with sage roasted winter squash, wild greens, Fontina cheese, and toasted pepitas pumpkin seed oil. An unusual combo was the Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Pizza Pie ($11), also a winner.
We also shared memorable Veggies and Sausage Pasta ($11), which easily made it into my doggie bag home. I plan to warm this one tonight and drown it with a nice glass of Merlot.
Pitfire, you’ve again won my heart.
Pitfire Artisan Pizza
12924 Washington Blvd.
Soon coming to Manhattan Beach and Costa Mesa