Friday, September 18, 2009

Pizza Fusion

Pizza Fusion recently opened two locations in the great Los Angeles area; one is located in Santa Monica, in the same plaza as The Counter, while the other is just east of the border of West Hollywood and Los Angeles.

I visited the Hollywood location because it is super close to my apartment.  When I arrived I was pleasantly surprised.  I've visited Pizza Fusion in Florida before at its North Miami Beach location, and it was more of a pizza joint then a restaurant.  The Hollywood location is definitely a restaurant; the decor is simple and clean.  The restaurant is located right next to the big Trader Joe's, CB2, and Crunch complex at Crescent Heights and Sunset.

I looked over the menu for a bit and suddenly remembered my gripe about Pizza Fusion in Florida -- the expense.  The signature pizzas vary in price (I believe the cheapest was $13.99 while the most expensive was $18.99).  However, you cannot get a gluten free pizza in a personal size or by the slice.  Instead, you must order a large if you want it gluten free.  I ordered the Four Cheese & Sundried Tomato pizza gluten free; it amounted to $28!  That is a lot for a pizza -- I voiced my frustration to the Manager that gluten free pizza is not available by the slice.

You can also build your own pizza, at an even greater cost.  The gluten free crust begins at $18.99 without anything added to it!  If you add anything to it, the price will be even steeper.

Maybe I'm spoiled after my frequent visits to Mozzarelli's, which offers pizza by the slice, but the cost of Pizza Fusion was overwhelming.  To its credit, Pizza Fusion almost exclusively uses organic, all-natural ingredients.

But about the pizza itself -- it was a thin crust, a bit thicker than ZPizza's.  The flavor didn't really pop for me like Mozzarelli's or Fresh Brother's flavors did.  Instead, the four cheese pizza was a bit bland.  I spoke to my friend Alex who I visited the Florida location with and she remembers having the same sentiment when we ate at Pizza Fusion there.  Maybe I ordered incorrectly; I will definitely check out the Santa Monica location and order something different next time to see if I have a different experience.  As far as L.A. pizza goes, Pizza Fusion won't be my go to stop.

Pizza Fusion is a great option if you are eating gluten free with a group of people, but if you are looking for a small personal pizza definitely steer clear.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Pizza Fusion
7950 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046 (Map)
2901 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Map)

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