Now that Le Saint Amour is no more, it’s about time a new dining diva came to town to take its place. Welcome to WildCraft Sourdough Pizza, another groovy darling to grace Culver Blvd.
We were invited to a their soft opening, and from the swelling crowds, this place promises to be a hit. Not only is it a song away from Sony, but it also has that coolness factor to sway the iPhone set into its colorful corridors and wow with them some fun food.
The artwork alone is enough of a reason to visit. The back walls display a sort of a wild spin painting freckled with Jackson Pollock drips. It will wake up anyone in its path, and kudos to Kelcey Fisher for his creativity.(http://www.kfishdesign.com/)
The food is good, casual, but with enough innovation to impress discriminating diners. Prices are affordable for the caliber of food, which is always a pleasant surprise.
We began with their Brussels Sprouts ($8), the veggies nicely shaved, with a bit of Parmesan to cut the bitterness that accompanies this dish. No doggie bag here. We finished it all.
Two pizzas followed, and either will easily feed two to three people. Our favorite was the White Truffle ($15) with mushroom, fontina, taleggio, fried sage and white truffle oil. This was dense and delicious, and we packed the remainder to take home. The second was the OG, with crushed tomato, fior de latte mozzarella, garlic, and basil ($10). We added prosciutto for another $1.50, enhanced by a bit of chili oil which was suggested by our server. Again, this was a wonderful selection, and more than ample for the two of us, so we bagged the rest of it.
What makes their pizzas so distinctive?
They use wild yeast to prepare their slow-rising sourdough. Created by their executive Chef Tin Vuong, the sourdough takes days to prepare, which makes it taste superior. It’s then topped fresh with local and responsibly-sourced ingredients and blast-cooked in a wood-burning oven that is built brick-by-brick in Naples, Italy by Stefano Ferrara, a third-generation Neapolitan oven-builder.
Besides pizzas, there are a number of side dishes as well, along with salads and sandwiches, that we didn’t have a chance to sample. But it gives us all the more reason to return, especially since we couldn’t enjoy the roster of craft beers, since we were both on medication from this seasons onslaught of microbes. Oh well, cheers to the beers next time.
WildCraft Sourdough Pizza
9725 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232