The Monster once met a person who didn’t like pizza which until that point seemed a myth much like the Yeti or the Tooth Fairy or bipartisanship in government. Apparently, this person also didn’t like breathing and smiling and laughing and friendship because not liking pizza doesn’t make sense. People like pizza. It’s served at birthday parties and get-togethers and company events. Kids clamor for it. Adults crave it. Which brings us to Los Angeles pizza. Much maligned, and perhaps deservedly so, there still remains some tasty places to get your pizza fix.
Enter Pitfire Artisan Pizza. With four locations in Los Angeles, they specialize in rustic pies with farmer’s market sourced ingredients and other fresh items often with unique twists. There is a nice selection of pies, pastas, salads and soups along with desserts and fresh lemonade.
Housed in open, cool settings which sometimes feature deejays they are inviting restaurants that settle somewhere between totally casual and necessarily hip. The Culver City location also has an outdoor patio perfect for our beautiful summer days.
On this occasion, The Monster is going a little order crazy. The folded garlic chicken pizza, the white pie with red and orange peppers, onion and two types of cheese and a pasta with crab meat, zucchini ribbons, fennel, fresh corn, summer herbs in a white wine sauce.
The folded pie comes first, and true to its name it is three pieces folded over and served above a Caesar salad. A few trips back The Monster was clued in to order a side of marina sauce and dip the pie into it. Highly recommended.
And then the white pie arrives. A more traditional pie, it has a bit of kick and a charred crust.
Lastly, the pasta. A special, it features the tastes of summer and a beautiful contrast in texture between the delicate noodles, the crunch of corn and the lacey zucchini.
With friendly service to boot, Pitfire might not make you forget LA isn’t the pizza capital of the world, but it sure can help fill the days when the cravings hit.
Why go? You believe in the Yeti. Also, the pizza.
Monster rating: 3 ½/5 Monsters
Locations: Culver City, North Hollywood, Downtown, West Los Angeles
12924 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90066