Known for rustic pizzas cooked with fresh, seasonally driven ingredients in a wood-fired pit, Pitfire Artisan Pizza opened its first restaurant in 1996 in North Hollywood. Since then, they have expanded to locations throughout Los Angeles.
Their eighth location recently opened in Pasadena, replacing the old Sizzler. With an exterior featuring a huge fire pit designed by Reed Architecture and a modern interior design comprising orange beams, sliding glass doors, and wooden tables designed by John Colter, the new branch of the pizza franchise is colorful and spacious with an urban vibe. In addition to being much larger than other Pitfire locations and having a spacious patio dining area, it offers a huge free parking lot.
There are plenty of pizzas on the menu with the chain’s thin, supple dough tossed and cooked to order in a 600-degree stone oven, resulting in a tender and crunchy pie, including the green eggs and ham, the Big Sur with marinated shrimp and garlic, and the burrata with caramelized onion and kale pesto. Salads are also delicious and include varieties like classic chopped, kale, steak, chicken, and house salad. Pastas include spaghetti and meatballs, linguini Bolognese, baked macaroni and cheese, and farfalle with sausage and greens. The specials that are currently being offered for a limited time are sprouts and bacon, pumpkin pizza, kale and sausage spaghetti, and a fall farmers market vegetable plate.