Pizza has a bad reputation for being a last resort answer to the “What’s for dinner?” question. That’s probably thanks to the cardboard delivery kind of pizza that comes to mind instead of the delicately-prepared, creatively composed pizzas that are made at a place like Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria in Salt Lake City.
Flatbread Pizza is a Boise-based company that recently made it’s debut in Sugarhouse, replacing the former eye-sore of a giant hole in the ground with a hip restaurant. The open kitchen creates a welcoming space with large tables and huge garage-like glass doors that open to a patio when it’s warm.
Last month when a bunch of my friends were in town for the holidays, we were looking for a casual place that could seat a large group at one table and Flatbread was an easy answer. Pizza is always a crowd pleaser and Flatbread takes it a step further with a ton of choices.
Half of the pizzas are DOC-certified, meaning that they have been certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana that long-standing cultural traditions have been followed to make the pizzas. Those regulations include importing certain ingredients like flour, mozzarella, herbs and tomatoes from Italy. Only a handful of pizzerias in the country have been VPN certified so it’s quite an honor to have Flatbread serving these authentic pies in Salt Lake City.
We ordered the Diavola ($14.50) with Mozzarella di Bufala, San Marzano Pomodoro, Creminelli Calabrese, garlic, crushed red pepper and basil. It was a huge hit, especially with the Creminelli. We also ordered the classic Tomato Margherita ($14.50) with Mozzarella di Bufala, San Marzano Pomodor and fresh basil. I loved the thin crust and flavorful sauce but felt it was missing something.
The rest of the pizzas are more “Americanized,” according to our server, with more toppings (that aren’t imported), like roasted chicken, caramelized onions, asparagus and so on. As for appetizers, we ordered the Ricotta-Stuffed Mushrooms ($8.50) with chili flakes and garlic. A good vegetarian option, they were lacking a punch of flavor so ended up being almost bland. The Baked Goat Cheese ($8) was simple but satisfying, and the Classic Caesar Salad ($9.50) was served in a not-so-classic way that made sharing really easy.
They also offer flatbreads (of course), airier versions of pizzas with toppings like shrimp, chorizo and feta ($8.50), pot roast and potatoes ($8) and sea salt and Parmesan ($7). A portion of every flatbread sold is donated to the Utah Food Bank. Soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta also grace the menu, plus kid-friendly options and a Pick Two special for lunch. A combo of any two options is only $9.50, including a “pizzetta,” half sandwich/salad, mac and cheese or soup (only served from 11-4).
Flatbread is a great place for a casual meal, whether it be lunch or dinner. They have a great, reasonably-priced wine list, plenty of beers available and a cocktail list (lovingly called Dranky Dranks). I’ve also ordered take out, which is really easy (just pay at the bar near the door).
Go to Flatbread for :: a casual lunch or dinner. Notes :: Gluten-free pizzas are available. Parking can be a hassle since there isn’t a designated lot, so be prepared to get creative. Reservations are available online here. Open Monday – Thursday from 11 am-11 pm, Friday – Saturday from 11 am-midnight and Sunday, 12 pm-9 pm. Follow Flatbread on twitter or friend them on facebook for updates.