Well, you can. With ripe tomatoes you can make an awesome tomato paste, on which you break portions of buffalo mozzarella, which taste so rich and creamy that it’s heaven in a bite. Not to mention the crust. Different parts of Italy serve different variations of pizza, but Naples is well-known for their thick crust and relatively thin pizza, and I dare say that nowhere in Italy is the Pizza Magherita better than that in Naples.
I went with my bff to Sole Pomodoro on a weekday afternoon, for a rather late lunch and lo and behold, besides ourselves, there was nobody in sight. That was awesome for us, because it meant that we could have our pizzas asap. We each ordered a pizza, I went for the basic Pizza Magherita (S$15.90) whereas my bff went for the Funghi (S$17.90), which was basically the magherita with mushroom toppings. We didn’t go for the pasta, because both of us were there for the pizza really, but I can say that if their pasta used the same tomato sauce as the pizza, you can’t go too wrong with that.
Since we were the only ones there, we chose a table close to the entrance of the kitchen, so that we were able to observe the chef. The main chef is Italian, but as you can see from the picture, his sous chefs are mostly Filipinos. The pizza was prepared very quickly – using dough that was resting under a cloth and within minutes, it was made into the usual disc-shape and tomato and mozzarella slathered onto it. The pizzas here are baked using a wood-fired oven, which is the brick thing you see in the background in the photograph. It probably takes about 5 minutes or less from when the pizza goes into the oven and to when it is taken out, ready for consumption.
I didn’t get a nice photograph of the interior – but I love the vibrant colors used in the pizzeria – they have panels of orange tiles for the kitchen, which is an absolute delight against the bright blue furniture that they use for the chairs and tables as well as the place mats. Everything screams HAPPY :] I also loved how they attempted to go with a relaxed atmosphere, which is perfect with a pint of cold beer and delicious pizza.
Having been to l’Operetta, I can safely say that both bff and I prefer Sole Pomodoro’s tomato sauce, because it’s richer and has a natural sweetness to it. Nevertheless, I found the crust overly thin, which perhaps suits the preferences of most Singaporeans who prefer thin-crusted pizza. I was hoping for a thicker pizza, one with a thick cornice and thin centre, but suffice to say, this hit pretty close. I read on Dr Leslie’s blog that you can request a thicker crust, a Sole Pomodoro special – perhaps I’ll ask for that the next time I head down! I also found that the pizza on the whole was slightly salty, but my bff didn’t think so, so I guess to each his own! Of course, I’ve to add that for my pizza magherita, the mozzarella used wasn’t the buffalo mozzarella – for that, you have to opt for the more expensive version which costs around $28 if I’m not wrong.
Mind you, my bff and I are rather huge eaters, so between the two of us, we managed to demolish almost an entire pizza each, leaving about a slice or two leftover. If you’re a small eater, as are most girls here, you can probably share a pizza between the two of you, and at $15.90 for a more than decent Magherita pizza, I’d say it’s real value for money. Alternatively, you can probably get the waitress to pack your remaining pizza – that’s what we did with our remaining slice and it was nicely packaged in a foodsaver bag. What’s even better is that they have lunch deals and daily specials for $15.90. As you can see, lunch is from 12-3pm, and you get a choice of 3 different set lunches – that’s a main and a dessert for $15.90! Considering that Pizza Hut and Domino’s pizza can cost more than $20 for a regular pizza, this pizza which is equivalent to a large pizza is definitely a steal!
Also, when I was there, I saw them packaging a number of pizzas for takeaway, so do call and ask for takeaway if you wish. They don’t deliver! Like I mentioned earlier, the waitresses are also kind enough to pack up your pizza if you can’t finish. And speaking from experience, the pizzas taste equally delicious, even when they’re cold! :]