Usually, when I think of pizza joints, they bring to mind visions of grease, glut and gastro clogging. Not so with Pitfire Pizza, now in its 15th year.
Recently, I re-visited their location on Washington Blvd. and was just as impressed as I was a few years ago. Although Pitfire in Culver City is one of their newer locations, this place has become a real neighborhood find. If you’re weary of the crowds that flock downtown, this place is a nice diversion. Not only does it have great food, but there’s lots of free parking nearby.
Pitfire’s prices are reason enough to go here. But it’s also known for being the place that “foodies bring their children.” You know it must be good.
According to co-owner, Paul Hibler, “Our goal is to stay true to the essence of great pizza. If we can create sustainable pizza and Italian dishes that combine organic ingredients at an affordable price that the whole community can enjoy, then our mission is accomplished.”
Right now, Pitfire is showcasing their Fall Menu. Here are some of my favorite dishes.
A must is 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!
Also notable was their mild Pumpkin Pie Pizza ($10), a neighborhood favorite, 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. I love the crusts on these pizzas. There's nothing boring about them.
We also shared a memorable Veggies and Sausage Pasta ($11), which easily made it into my doggie bag.
I’m always elated to see a restaurant that lasts more than 15 minutes. So many of them come and go with tide, but thankfully, Pitfire is here to stay. In addition to their five locations in Southern California, they’re expanding into Manhattan Beach and Costa Mesa.
Obviously, they’ve got a sure-fire recipe for success.
Pitfire Artisan Pizza
12924 Washington Blvd.