Everyone has an opinion when it comes to pizza. It’s just one of those foods that a lot of people are passionate about. And we all seem to know of our own place that makes “the best pizza.” Well, I’d like to tell you about one of my favorite pizza places. Let’s just put it this way: whatever your favorite is, mine punches it right in the face. I’m just saying, it’s delicious.
“When you have the best and tastiest ingredients, you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary because it tastes like what it is.” –Alice Waters
You’ll find this quote front and center on Pizzeria 712’s website. That’s because their food philosophy is well thought, yet simplistic. They use the very best local ingredients to create simple masterpieces. I was introduced by a good buddy a couple of years ago, I fell in love, and have been back a dozen times since.
When you walk in the door of Pizzeria 712, a single object captures your eye — the enormous woodfire oven in the back corner. They use this oven to cook almost everything on the menu. It’s a simple fact: woodfire oven pizza tastes better than ordinary oven pizza, especially when it has fresh basil, slab bacon, and made-in-house mozzarella on it. Raise your hand if your pizza place has all of that… (assumed crickets chirping)
Here’s the catch: the folks at Pizzeria 712 don’t just do pizza deliciously, they also make fantastic starters, salads, pannini and desserts as well. Be sure to order “a little something…” (that’s what they call their appetizers) off the menu when you go. I can’t leave without ordering at least two. They are certainly a menu highlight and are seasonal, so there’s always something new to try. Here are a few examples:
- Braised beef shortrib with anson mills polenta, and horse radish cream
- Ricotta gnocchi with crushed tomato, oregano, and pecorino
- Ciabatta toasts with jacob’s cove tomato, and shaved grana padano
- Roasted Brussels sprouts, slab bacon, onion, hazlenut, and balsamic
Their dairy, produce and meats come from local farms whenever possible, and they even cure their own slab bacon in-house. I can’t even describe how good this bacon is. If you’re a bacon-lover, prepare to have your life changed.
The funny thing about this place is it’s not very easy to find, yet it’s always busy. It’s nestled between two condominium developments at Midtown Village on South State Street in Orem. Surely there are more ideal locations out there, but that just goes to show the best advertising you can do as a restaurant is to cook great food and let your customers do the rest.
Pizzeria 712 is doing that and succeeding. Head over and check out these incredible woodfire pizzas.
For more information or to make a reservation, click here.
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