It's true, wood-fired pizzas are really starting to make their presence felt here in Singapore. I don't think anyone is complaining of course, save for the main pizza chains who are now given a huge run for their money. I'm glad to announce that one of the new kids on the block - Sole Pomodoro - happens to be the pizzeria offshoot of the original Cugini at Club Street, which I must say already does quite a fantastic seafood pizza with an electric oven mind you.
I can't claim to be a pizza expert and I won't bore you with pizza jargon either (not that I know many anyway), but what opinions I can try to share with you are from my experiences with pizzas in Italy, particularly in its birthplace in Naples.
Tomato Sauce, mozzarella, olives, onions and toasted chicken
Having had the seafood pizza previously at Cugini, I ventured for its poultry counterpart in the Provinciale pizza. The pizzas here at Sole Pomodoro are fairly close to the real deal in Italy in terms of the puffy and crisp sides and smoky flavour, but the dough in general seems to be lacking quite a bit. It was too moist near the centre (an inevitable outcome given its thinness), making each slice appear pretty limp and sloppy when you hold it from the top. But all that aside, still very good pizza, though I'm sure a seafood-based one would satisfy more.
Salcciaccia e Peperoni
Mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers and sausage
Random thought: Do you know the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (named after the four Italian Renaissance artists) loved peperoni pizzas (anchovies too I think)? Not sure what they would have thought about this Salcciaccia e Peperoni pizza, but we had the same little grouse that it could do with just a tiny bit more dough in the middle.
Mozzarella, sundried fried tomatoes, cream, potatoes, sausage and onions
With a pizza taking the name of the restaurant, you would think that the Sole Pomodoro has to be the house special. I don't think this impressed much though, but I would leave it to the person who ate this to make a comment later (Glenn, that's your cue).
All-in-all, we may not have been blown away, but I must reiterate that the pizzas here are good and amongst some of the best that I've tasted in Singapore. So quit waiting, pay this restaurant a visit soon and let me know what YOU think! :)
Service was very good up till the point when I wanted to pay and mentioned this 20% discount tie-up that IeatIshootIpost has with Sole Pomodoro (just mention the blog or flash your mobile with the website on it; promo till Feb 2011). It didn't mean a big deal to me, but she was visibly irritated and told me I should have told her before I ordered. Wonder what difference that would have made - smaller pizza, or less ingredients perhaps? I've often asked if there was any credit card promotions at the point of payment and wait staffs have always been happy to oblige. Probably a slightly different system here.
$24.90 for the Provinciale
$22.90 for the Salcciaccia e Peperoni
$24.90 for the Sole Pomodoro
* Prices subject to the usual 7% GST and 10% service charge.
12/21 Mackenzie Road #01-01
Opposite the old (but now quite funky haha!) Rex Cinema
Pictures taken with the Apple iPhone 4.