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Sep 5, 2002 04:40 PM

Pit Fire Pizza

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I just ate at Pit Fire Pizza, and its the best pizza I've had on the left coast. Has anyone else been there or had better pizza in LA. Thanks

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  1. Is that the place in North Hollywood on Magnoia or Chandler or something around there and Lankershem?

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    1. re: WLA

      Yes. That's the place. Lankershim and Magnolia. I go there often. The pastas and sandwiches aren't bad, either. It's only the salads that come up seriously short. The people that run it have a fine set of taste buds. A potential mega-franchise in the making. They could wipe California Pizza Kitchen off the map. If only the ambiance were a little less "bus station..."

      1. re: Ed

        Personally, I like the ambiance, or lack thereof. It's nice to find a place somewhere between "gimme a slice" and "would you care for fresh parmesan in your ice water, sir?"

        1. re: Smilin' Ted
          Jake Izenberg

          I honestly can say that after traveling through Italy and sampling pizza across the USA, Pit Fire makes the best slice of pizze I have ever had in my life. The same goes for my entire family. Best pizza hands down.

          1. re: Jake Izenberg

            I like the interior a lot. I love Pizza but hate the checker board table cloths in the traditional Italian places. Pit Fire is a hip and young place. The pie is so delicious I can just have it without toppings.

    2. I haven't tried Pit Fire yet, but my favorite place for pizza is Borrelli's. It is located in a little strip mall on the corner of Sepulveda & Palos Verdes Blvd in Torrance. The pasta is good there too, but if we are going to drive down there from Venice, it is to get the pizza.

      1. Which location did you go to? There's also one on Westwood Blvd., across the street from Califonia Chicken Cafe. Is this the same Pit Fire Pizza you're all raving about?

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        1. re: Asia

          Pit Fire has locations in Downtown LA 2nd and main, North Hollywood and Westwood.
          The heirloom pizza and the turkey meatballs and pasta are my favorites. Good sangria too

          1. re: afs

            Yes, and as a matter of fact the sangria (a tasty and potent recipe that's essentially just wine with fruit in it!) at the Westwood location is complimentary for the next month or so, as they do not have wine or beer yet (right now it's BYO with no corkage fee). I was just there on Saturday and absolutely loved the seasonal pizza I ordered: burrata, arugula, hazelnuts, and tomato sauce. My friend's Tuscan pizza with sliced potatoes and blue cheese was also delicious. They were two of the best pizzas I've had out in California, and I am anxious to go back and try more. I also enjoyed a red velvet cupcake for dessert! The total bill for two pizzas, two side salads, and one cupcake was just under $30, so it was also an excellent value.

        2. What is it about Pit Fire that I hate? Everyone raves about it, but when I went I was overcharged for what tasted like Weight Watcher microwave pizza.

          maybe it was an off night?

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          1. re: Diana

            Yes- I just completely loved the way it looked - fresh ingredients, rustic-- but found it oddly not that flavorful. However, I will try it again, because I really want to like the place- maybe different toppings.

            1. re: longtimehere

              As part of their seasonal menu they got a asparagus, panchetta and egg pizza! Its so tasty. The aparagus comes out a bit crisp and the egg is still runny.

              Their salmon panini is tasty too (bread is a bit thick).

            2. re: Diana

              I've gone to the PitFire on Westwood a few times since it opened and have been somewhat disappointed. I haven't eaten at the others so perhaps it is location specific- the restaurant had an offputting bleachy chemical bathroom smell both times I went. I tried the seasonal asparagus/panchetta/egg pizza and wasn't impressed. I also tried the wild mushroom pizza. The crust was a bit dried out both times and I feel like I got ripped off on both the amount of asparagus and the amount of mushrooms I got. (to be specific, I think there were 4 pieces of asparagus on the one and maybe 2-3 mushroom slices per slice on the other and we are talking small mushroom slices) They did have these amazing looking cupcakes which I was tempted to go back for.

              1. re: PrettyPlaty

                Yes I also noticed the sparseness of toppings in Westwood- hopefully just luck and not penny-pinching....

                1. re: longtimehere

                  The toppings are sparse at the North Hollywood location, too.

                  1. re: Dogbite Williams

                    My salad had exactly one crouton. A friend and I used to eat at the North Hollywood location regularly, but since they "improved" the menu and raised the prices the food just isn't as good as it used to be.

                2. re: PrettyPlaty

                  Last time I was at the Downtown location, the Big Sur(?) pizza had about 3 tiny pieces of shrimp. For the whole pizza.

                3. The north hollywood location has Auntie Em's carrot cupcakes.