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Pitfire Pizza Rolls Out New Summer Menu

Jul 23, 2021 07:47AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Pitfire Pizza in Manhattan Beach has rolled out its new summer menu, which is bursting with fresh summer flavors, including heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, and watermelon.

DigMB had a chance to sample all of the best flavors from this year's menu (there's a new summer menu each year) and we're here to vouch for all of it.

Pitfire Summer Menu Starters

You're going to want to warm up with a few starters that showcase some of the best summer produce around.

First up is the "Dressed Avocado" ($6), thin slices of fresh avocado drizzled with olive oil and garnished with crushed pistachios, Maldon salt (a British sea salt), and a tangerine wedge. (Think of it as avocado toast without the toast... or you can use some freshly baked focaccia as your toast.)


...And that leads us to the House-Baked Focaccia ($7), which features heirloom tomatoes and fresh oregano, with a sprinkling of sea salt. It's light and crispy, and it's a perfect match with your dressed avocado. 

Then there's a tangy Yukon Gold Potato Salad ($7), which gets its "tang" from mustard and capers. Made with fresh dill, it's a very hearty potato salad that's much more sophisticated than your standard picnic version.

After all of that, if you still can't decide which of these three to choose, you're in luck. Pitfire also offers all three of these items together on "The Farmer's Plate" ($14.50), a hearty and veggie-friendly combo option for anyone who wants to try all three options.

Bonus: There's also an Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho (not pictured) ($9), with tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, and olive oil.

Pitfire Pizza's Summer Pizzas

Next you're going to want to dig in to Pitfire's special summer pizzas. As with all Pitfire pizza, the crust is perfection - crispy, chewy and wood-fired to perfection.

First up is the Summer Squash and Calabrian Chile Pizza ($15), which is made with mozzarella, pecorino, and fresh mint. To anyone who might turn up their nose at summer squash, we'd say... think again. The squash is sliced paper-thin with a mildly sweet and buttery flavor. The pepper adds just the mildest amount of heat, which the perfect contrast to the delicate squash slices.

Next is Pitfire's summer masterpiece: the Heirloom Tomato Pizza ($16). This pizza is such a crowd favorite that it is actually a fixture on the summer menu. A variety of heirloom tomatoes are thinly sliced and cover the pizza in colorful yellow, green, orange, and red hues. Yes, there's also ricotta, basil, and olive oil in there, but you'll be so distracted by the beautiful tomatoes that you might not notice the supporting players.

Watermelon For Dessert

Last but not least, you might think you don't have room for dessert, but if it's watermelon, you can almost certainly find a way. 

Pitfire offers an "L.A. Style Watermelon" ($6) cut in cubes and served with a lime wedge and your own mini-bottle of Tajin. (Tajin, of course, being the ubiquitous chili/lime seasoning found in fresh fruit dishes all across L.A.). Since you can add your own Tajin, you can make it just as tangy/spicy as you want (although we always think more is better). 

The summer menu is now available at the Manhattan Beach Pitfire Pizza, and you can also find it at the Mar Vista, North Hollywood, Pasadena, Westwood and Costa Mesa locations.

The menu is expected to be offered through September, contingent on the availability of the fresh summer ingredients.

Pitfire Pizza is located at 401 Manhattan Beach Blvd. (corner of MBB and Morningside Drive) and it's open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Disclosure: We had a chance to try a complimentary sampling of Pitfire's summer menu. We did not receive compensation for this post and all opinions expressed are our own.

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