Pizza Fusion: 7950 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Imagine having a freshly baked organic pizza with California red wine and imported beers – all delivered to you in a hybrid car. Pizza Fusion does just that. They blend together the importance of healthy eating with an eco-friendly attitude and call it “saving the earth one pizza at a time.”
By eating one of their delicious oval-shaped pizzas, you are supporting a restaurant that’s almost completely built from recycled materials. The floor, furniture, lighting, even the insulation are all made from recycled products like glass bottles, blue jeans, bamboo and reused concrete and composite board. The menu is made organically from woven hemp, and you can smell it! Pizza Fusion began almost four years ago in Florida, and the Hollywood location is Los Angeles’ second addition (The other location is at 2901 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 123, Santa Monica.). The Orlando family celebrated their franchise on Sunset Boulevard recently; their grand opening banner, made from recycled plastic soda bottles, is still hanging up.
Daughter Michele Orlando says she and her family became franchisees because they like pizza and protecting the environment has always been a priority.
“It’s been our lifestyle for many years,” Michele assures. “We’re a conscious company, a green company and people want to feel good about the place that they work in.”
She says her restaurant is always looking for ways to conserve and reuse.
“It’s not only having the green materials in the front of the house but also the mindset in the kitchen,” she says. “From the building materials to going back into the kitchen and training our staff how to prep vegetables, we minimize waste.” You wouldn’t want to waste this food, either. Almost all of the ingredients are organic and are otherwise natural with no preservatives or additives. Pizza Fusion tries to use locally grown California vegetables as toppings to provide a fresher taste and more nutritious value than you would expect a pizza to have elsewhere.
The menu boasts several tantalizing pizza options with names like Farmers Market, Philly Steak and Bruschetta Pizza with whole roasted garlic cloves. The pies don’t drip with orange greasy fat because their cheese is high quality and wholesome. If you weirdly don’t like pizza, they also have organic sandwiches and salads made vegetarian style or with free range chicken that is hormone free. And for those vegans and celiacs out there, they haven’t forgotten you! They offer a gluten-free crust that tastes like true pizza and for the first time is affordable. Believe it or not there is an assortment of gluten-free beers and wines to have with your meal, too.
The ultimate bonus is their desserts – gelato, sorbet and hot, gooey brownies – that are made from vegan and gluten-free ingredients. The brownies are made to order and come to your table dusted in powdered sugar, nestled in a little plastic box made from cornstarch that decomposes in 50 days. I don’t know which is more fascinating.
They even offer lactose-free, non-dairy cheese to have on your pizza, leaving you with no excuse not to go directly to Pizza Fusion for dinner tonight. Their Facebook page keeps you up-to-date with additional specials on draft beer and pizza, like their daily Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. They also have pizza specials on Mondays while you watch Monday Night Football in hi-def.
Who knew going green could taste so good and be so easy? Michele’s brother, Craig Orlando, says he hopes the attitude of the restaurant will inspire customers to be environmentally conscious.
“It’s neat to open up people’s minds to other possibilities,” he says. “It’s a great way of changing people’s way of thinking.”
For more information, call (323) 375-3390 or visit pizzafusion.com