Food Adventure Collage.

carnitas snack shack. c-level. world famous. woodstocks. terra american bistro. buddies. corbins. casey's cupcakes. mandarin beijing. nazca grill. eiffel tower restaurant. gordan ramsay burgr. in-n-out. bankers hill bar and grill. los primos. bistro sixty. ruth's chris.


... to a place I like to call my very own. *waving hello*

I invite you to enjoy reading about the food adventures that I have with friends, family, and colleagues.

I adore food and I cannot just choose one particular food that is my fave.

Food is really is my favorite. Enjoy!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Pizza Fusion - Hillcrest [CLOSED]

Booo.... Pizza Fusion on Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest closed, but I must say.... I wish that it was still open now that I am pregnant.  Ever since we found out that we were having a baby, I had stopped eating foods that contain sodium nitrites, like bacon, sausage, pastrami, and... pepperoni, my favorite ingredient on pizza.

Pizza Fusion serves 100% certified organic tomato sauce, fresh vegetables, and hormone (preservative, pesticide and nitrite) free meats on their pizza.  Oh, and you don't even know how much I have been craving a slice of pepperoni pizza right now!

Ever since the company that I work for practices being sustainable, I do enjoy and embrace organic eating although I do not eat organic foods all the time.  However, when I do.... it always is a great experience.

My friend, Arlene, and I met in Hillcrest and we walked to Pizza Fusion for an early dinner on a weekday.  The service to seat us was very slow.  We noticed only one server working and seemed like there was one guy in the kitchen.  We were finally showed to our table and we browsed the menu.  Pizza Fusion offers fresh salads and sandwiches in addition to their organic pizzas. 

Arlene ordered the Big Kahuna - a Hawaiian style pizza with bacon, organic pineapple, red onion, mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan cheeses.  I am totally against pineapple on pizza, but I tried a slice of her personal pan pizza [$9] and it was surprisingly tasty.  It was the sweetness of the pineapple with the saltiness of the bacon that I enjoyed.  She ordered her Big Kahuna with a gluten free wheat crust.

I created a personal pizza with organic white crust, pepperoni, roasted portabello mushrooms, and roasted garlic [$10]. With a lot of toppings to choose from, I selected the ingredients that I know I would enjoy.  My pizza came out piping hot and the fragrance from the roasted garlic was absolutely amazing.  The crust was thin, the way I like it.  My first impression of my hot pizza was "only four slices of pepperoni??"  Well, the pepperoni slices were pretty large, so when I cut the pizza in quarters, it was one per slice.  So, not too bad.   My creation was delicious and I gave myself a pretend pat on the back.

[organic pizza heaven]

Mmmm, I have not done research to see if there is another pizza joint in San Diego that serves nitrite free pepperoni, but I would love to have a slice from Pizza Fusion again.  There is one location left in SD in Temecula, but that is quite a drive from where we live. 

See ya, Pizza Fusion - thanks for the organic experience!


kirbie said...

Congrats on your pregnancy!

Janice D. said...

Thanks, Kirbie! :)

Bazza said...

Yes, we had to close Pizza Fusion (long story) but I will be re-opening as "Local Habit" in the next couple of months. Our pepperoni will continue to be chemical free and as tasty as always. Hope to see you when we re-open!

Janice D. said...

Thanks, Bazza, for the tip about "Local Habit". I am looking forward to visiting and trying your chemical free pepperoni (and other menu items)!

Anonymous said...

You should try Z Pizza in the Ralphs shopping center in Sunbow. They have organic, healthy pizzas and they might have your nitrite free pepperoni!

Janice D. said...

I always see Z Pizza -- yay, thanks, I have to do research and see if they have nitrite free meats! :)

Lorena said...

I'd check and see if Naked Pizza fits the bill -- they have all-natural products, too. There's two locations, Hillcrest & PB.

Janice D. said...

Oooh, Naked Pizza! I'll check it out! Thanks, Lorena! :)

Lorena said...

You're welcome, Janice! Also, if you ever need a quick pizza fix, Newman's Own thin-crust frozen pizzas aren't bad and have nitrate-free pepperoni.

On another note, we need to get lunch together sometime soon! I go out on leave May 20, so let's make sure we catch up before then.

Janice D. said...

OMG, Lorena... thanks for telling me about Newman's Own! I bought their frozen pizza once and had no idea about their nitrite free pepp! Awesome. Yes, I'll send you a MM and we'll go grub before you leave. :)

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