Pitfire Pizza recently opened their 7th Southern California location in Manhattan Beach to great fanfare, and on opening day they donated all proceeds (over $3000) to Walk With Sally, an organization dedicated to providing mentoring support programs and services to children of parents (or siblings) with cancer, whose motto is “One Child at a Time, One Heart at a Time.”
Pitfire Pizza was the pioneer is artisan wood-fired pizza here in SoCal, and their popularity has only grown over the years. Known as “the place foodies can take their kids”, each Pitfire Pizza location is very family friendly, while still feeling like a hip spot to be. (Hint for hipsters without kids: Come to dinner after 7. Fewer kids in the aisles that way.)
I’m a huge fan of their food and have been since way back in the NoHo-only days. I would say the signature Burrata Pie had been my favorite thing on the menu until I recently tried the Fennel & Sausage White Pie. Now, I’m not a fennel fan, but this pizza is really terrific. It may be the smoked mozzarella that grabbed me, but the whole package is a tasty treat. Ditto the seasonal Brussels Sprouts & Bacon pizza. Wow. You had me at bacon.
But let’s not forget the pastas. Easy to do at a pizza place. The seasonal Short Ribs and Papardelle is an amazing thing to behold, and even better to eat. It’s perfect for those frosty, Winter evenings when it gets down to 58 degrees… (What can I say? I’m an Angeleno – I get cold easily.) Plus, on those days when you can afford the calories, like before running the marathon, try the Baked Mac & Cheese. You may want to cry, as I did, over its amazingly creamy sauce. So good and possibly deadly, if you ate it every day. Just make it a treat. Trust me.
I had never tried the Paninis and I was really missing out! They have a seasonal Portobello Mushroom sandwich that’s really tasty, but, if I may? There’s also one called the Crispy Pork Belly. Need I say more? You must try this – you will thank me.
Finally, although this is so terrific it shouldn’t take a back seat to anything, there’s the Shredded Kale Salad. I have already eaten this salad twice and I am craving it right now. The dressing is tangy and there are almonds and dates tossed in for good measure. I have an obsession with Kale, and this salad is absolutely fueling it.
Pitfire Pizza has a really terrific wine & beer selection, as well as artisan soft drinks for the kiddos. Of course there’s a dessert option of cookies & ice cream, but for me, there’s nothing like the Main Course.
Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles. She was comped a meal at Pitfire Pizza in Manhattan Beach prior to their opening day, in order to sample the new menu items.