Although the famous flatbread typically divides food lovers into two camps — thin or thick crust — the comfort that a hot piping pizza can bring us is something that everyone seems to agree on. Even better if these doughy creations are baked in a wood-fired brick oven, as this brings out a smoky, crispy, bubbly, charred texture that just can’t be compared to a pie cooked in a normal oven. Everyone knows a perfectly executed wood-fired pizza is tantamount to edible art.
It might be some ways more to World Pizza Day (that’s on Feb 9), but you don’t really need a specified day to get some pizza, do you? So call on your best food buddies and devour on these wood-fired pizzas that make the choice between the thin or thick crust a hard pick (oh why bother arguing, just get both). Here are our pick of the nine best places where you can get wood-fired pizzas in Singapore.
1. Al Forno (East Coast)
Made with a traditional wood fired oven, Al Forno’s pizzas are known for their crispy crust and fresh dough base. Set up in 1995, the pizza place prides itself in its fresh ingredient imports, such as peeled tomatoes and cheeses which are brought directly from Italy. It is no wonder that Al Forno’s pizzas embody that authentic Italian taste.
These ingredients take the spotlight in the classic Pizza Bufala ($28), with its simple recipe of just tomato sauce topped with buffalo cheese and basil spread on a wood-fired pizza dough. But if you are looking for something more adventurous, try the Calzone ($26) — a folded pizza with mozzarella cheese, ham and mushroom served with a side of tomato sauce. The Pizza Al Salmon ($27) is also another interesting choice, served with tomato sauce, smoked salmon, whipped cream and Italian cherry tomatoes.
At 400 East Coast Road, Singapore 428996, tel: 63488781. Visit https://alfornoeastcoast.com.sg/
2. Zazz Pizza
Located around the Little India and Bencoolen area, Zazz Pizza is a casual dining spot that serves house-made pizzas. Its pizza dough is hand-stretched by its chefs, topped with its signature toppings and baked with, of course, its wood fired oven.
A traditional pick would be its classic Margherita pizza ($16), that is made with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese topped with fresh basil. But if you are looking for something a tad different, try the Quattro Stagioni ($24) which has toppings such as artichokes, mushrooms, ham and pepperoni, egg tomatoes and mozzarella. The pizza place also offers a build your own pizza option, if you are up for the challenge of becoming a pizza connoisseur yourself.
Be as creative as you wish with your 12 inch pizza ($16), with whatever choice of toppings (a minimum of two is required) you fancy. Meats are $4 per topping and others are $2 each. It’s an option that would satisfy the most finicky of pizza lovers.
At 1A Short St, #01-03 Singapore 188210, tel: 81999099. Visit: https://zazzpizza.sg/
3. Pizza Fabbrica
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Pizza Fabbrica serves traditional wood-fired pizzas but presents its pies with its own contemporary twist, by taking the best of traditional pizza recipes and enhancing their flavours with new combinations of ingredients and spices. Only the freshest produce is used here.
The Capricciosa Pizza ($24) is a classic bread, topped with mushrooms, prosciutto cotto (York Ham), and taggiasca olives, paired with ingredients such as Fior di Latte (soft cow’s milk mozzarella) and artichokes that give it its modern edge.Similarly, the pizza house pairs the milky taste of the Fior di Latte with the more classic ingredients typically used in making the Tonno E Cipolle ($20) and Prosciutto Crudo Con Rucola ($26) pizzas, heightening their tastes with unconventional flavours.
At 69/70 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199483, tel: 62910434. Visit: www.pizzafabbrica.sg
4. Pizerria L’Operetta
Pizzeria L’Operetta is a casual dining spot, boasting an Italian Renaissance mural that takes centrestage as well as a high ceiling with hanging bulbs for an industrial touch. But it’s no surprise its the pies that we should focus on.
The dough made in the pizza house has been awarded the Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana certification, ensuring that every preparation step and ingredient that goes into making its pizzas is of top quality. Ingredients are fresh, all-natural and non-processed, and are imported from province of Naples in Campania region.
Some of its must tries include the Diavola ($26), a tomato-sauce based pizza with mozzarella, salami, chilli and parmesan and the Bella Napoli ($34) with buffalo mozzarella, parma ham, rocket, fresh tomato and parmesan. Some of its homemade pastas are also worth a try, with the Chitarra Carbonara ($22) and Tagliatelle Bolonese ($22) being some of the menu standouts.
At 12 Gopeng St, #01-78-81 Icon Village Singapore, tel: 62229487.Visit: http://pizzeriaoperetta.sg/
As its name suggests, Cicheti, established in 2013, serves savoury snacks or small side dishes, much like those served in Venice’s bàcari, or wine bars. The restaurant wants to encourage the concept of ‘high-street food’ through its offerings, with the hope that their meals will also reflect the mouthwatering diversity of Italy’s foodscape.
One of its highlights is its authentic Neapolitan pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. You can choose from red-based or white based pizzas. The classic and comforting Napoletana ($18), which is the pizza you often see in #foodporn posts, will satisfy most, served with a crispy crust topped with anchovies, garlic, oregano, olives and basil.
For the adventurous, go for the Bismark ($26), which comes with fior de latte cheese, ham, mushrooms, a soft runny egg and parmesan. The Quatro Formaggi ($24), which has the fior de latte, fontina, gorgonzola and parmesan cheeses, is also a delicious mix of sweet and savoury when you add greek honey (additional $3).
At 52 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198901, tel 62925012. Visit: https://www.cicheti.com/