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.
I take it there’s some leeway there with the opening hours, because that “?” you see down below comes from their website.
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
Tel: (818) 980-2949
Monday-Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00pm?
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 11:00pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 10:00pm