The neighborhood Pizza joint…only better.
No one’s asking anyone to reinvent the Pizza. Please.
Fortunately, that’s not what Pitfire’s doing here. And yes, that’s a very good thing.
Yeah, they got the word “Artisan” on the side of the building, but instead doing overly freaky things with their pies, they’re really just taking extra special care with the ingredients. Again, a very good thing.
It’s funny, but when I was a kid, all that mattered to me when I was a kid was the overall gooiness of the cheese. As a I got a little older still, the tomato sauce started to matter to me. Now that I’m…you know…really old, the crust is what matters me to now.
That and the Italian Sausage, that matters, too.
Inside that friendly, fire-red facade (at least at the North Hollywood branch) is a kind of a happy, Sports-bar like vibe. Most of the seating is outdoors, which I took advantage of, given that it was a very nice day when I went. The pizza itself was very nice. I mean, very nice. Lovely popping red tomatoes (same color as the store), great-tasting sausage. Most important of all, now that I’m an old dude, the crust was sweet and lovely.
They serve other Italian stuff as well. I took home some of their Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs for Dinner, which turns out to be a great choice. All in all, it’s your basic Neighborhood Pizza Joint, but they take a lot of care in the pies they create.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Something with Sausage, definitely, definitely sausage. The first thing on the menu that caught my eye was, of course, the Pitfire Sausage Pizza with Huntington Sweet Fennel Sausage, Tomato Sauce, Fontina, Mozzarella, Red Onion (which turns out was a really smart choice on their part), and Oregano. I also gazed longingly at the Sausage Party (yeah, I know…just get your mind out of the gutter), the Mergeuz Sausage, Spinach and Feta, as well as the Green Eggs and Ham. The folded style Pesto Chicken also intrigues me.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Parking’s the main issue at the North Hollywood location, so skip ahead there.
Also, consult their website, as it seems their locations all have online ordering options.
PARKING: In North Hollywood, all meters, all the time. They don’t do Valet (and truthfully, wouldn’t it take a bit of the edge off if they did?). If you’re willing to walk a block or two, and have some spare change handy, you’ll be fine.
According to their website, for the Downtown location there is *$2 parking available with validation, at Paragon Parking at 232 Main Street.
5211 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
PHONE: (818) 980-2949
FAX: (818) 980-1452
MON-THURS: 11-10? (I take it there’s some leeway there, because that “?” comes from their website.)
801 North Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
PHONE: (323) 544-6240
FAX: (323) 544-6212
West Los Angeles:
2018 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
PHONE: (310) 481-9860
FAX: (310) 481-9861
108 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
PHONE: (213) 808-1200
FAX: (213) 808-1201
12924 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90066
PHONE: (424) 835-4088
FAX: (424) 835-4092
353 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
PHONE: (949) 313-6333
SUN:12-10 (I’m guessing 10, because according to the website, they’re open for all of an hour).