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I am in LOVE...with Pitfire Pizza in Westwood

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cupcake Jan 22, 2008 05:36 PM

We went there tonight for the first time....this place reminds me of a casual Mozza. The pizzas we got were INCREDIBLE...burrata and arugala, "Big Sur", with Garlic shrimp, tomato and lemon, and an incredible broccolii-type concoction. The mac and cheese was divine for my little one. Best of all, they had several flavors of Aunti Em's cupcakes, including red velvet. And watermelon lemonade and sangria. Has anyone else gone and loved it?

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    mungus Jan 23, 2008 12:21 PM

    Thanks to this board, I tried the blue cheese mac n cheese there - delicious!

    Also sampled the kid's pepperoni pizza, fine nothing special, and a red velvet cupcake which was moist and probably too much richness overload after the mac n cheese, but I still ate it. All.

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      Bria Silbert Jan 23, 2008 01:15 PM

      Loved the specials - we had all three - I thought it was very reasonably priced, and the chicken hash was wonderful, the farmers market vegetable salad huge and fantastic, not overly crazy about the baked ziti, but I thought the flavors were clean and the pizza satisfying.

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        SilverlakeGirl Jan 26, 2008 02:48 PM

        I went to the Pitfire Pizza today in Downtown Los Angeles directly adjacent to St. Vibiana's church [now closed]. There was lots of parking since it was a weekend.

        I had the seasonal special pizza with Burrata, Argula, Hazelnuts and other stuff ... and a Samual Adams Organic Lager. The crust was just right: thin but with puffy and chewy crust.

        I can say, however, that I do not think that this pizza can travel due to the very thin crust with just a hint of crunch.

        Also, Groundworks Coffee immediately next door for a post-pizza coffee.

      2. Fresser Jan 22, 2008 08:26 PM

        We've been regulars since they opened. Pizzas are good, not amazing. Had a parpardelle with spring veggies that was the bomb. The mexican style chicken soup is really good. I crave it on a cold day. We did have a bad pasta the other night, way too salty so we sent it back and they promptly remade it. A great addition to the neighborhood. Love the BYO policy.

        1. PrettyPlaty Jan 22, 2008 05:46 PM

          I've gone twice and thought it was overpriced for what you are getting. I tried the asparagus with egg and got 4 skinny pieces of asparagus. I also tried the wild mushroom and got about 6 slices of mushroom. Thought the crust was overly dry and tasteless. Friends who went with me tried some of the non-pizza food and thought it was "okay"- nothing to write home about and a bit on the pricey side for what you are getting. You can get 2 for 1 pizzas from Lucia's Pizza on Westwood for about the same price.

          I did see the cupcakes and REALLY wanted to try one! I almost went back just for that reason.

          All that being said, I did go pretty close to when they first opened. The entire restaurant smelled a little strongly of cleaner with bleach which also made my food a bit unappetizing. Things may have changed.

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            cupcake Jan 22, 2008 05:57 PM

            Our bill was 40.00 for 3 pizzas, a mac and cheese and two cupcakes. We had a great experience, and it was nice to have a cute pizzeria ambiance. I'm just happy to have something a little different for casual dining.

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              PrettyPlaty Jan 22, 2008 06:05 PM

              It is cute. (Strangely, I was actually thinking of going there today) I think for dinner it would probably be reasonable but for lunch, I thought it was a bit pricey and I was perhaps put off by the lack of toppings. I work but don't live in the area so it was only a lunch option for me.

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                trojans Jan 22, 2008 06:25 PM

                I also like this place. There Nicoise salad and also the nicoise sandwich are very good.

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                  cupcake Jan 22, 2008 07:17 PM

                  Also, I find the California Chicken Cafe across the street a tad depressing. It's nice to be able to go somewhere to eat for about 10-12 dollars a person, and actually enjoy the whole scenario. I really do have a crush on this place.

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