Pizzas are a crowd pleaser and favoured by many no matter the age or gender. We would have never thought that this simple Italian creation of dough, sauce and toppings baked together can be such an indulgent treat. Have a party coming up? Pizza deliveries are at your service.
But why settle for your regular oven-baked pizza when more restaurants in KL are harnessing the power of wood fire to plate up such deliciousness. It’s an ancient technique used by Europeans in the past to bake bread but now used to serve pizzas worldwide.
Unlike modern household ovens, these masonry ovens do not have a consistent temperature. An open fire is used to cook — so you’ll see the unevenness of the crust (compared to an oven baked one) and some tend to be darker on certain areas. Thanks to that, wood fired pizzas gives a different texture in every bite unlike oven baked pizzas. These are crunchy on the outside, soft of the inside. Every outcome is different, making it very unique.
Cooking in a wood fired oven is also known to be more beneficial. Since less cooking time is required, the fruits and vegetables are able to retain their antioxidants and nutrients. Other benefits include: a boost in flavours due to the heat distribution and smoky scent from the flames.
But that’s enough pizza-talking. Here’s where you can indulge in good wood fired pizzas in Kuala Lumpur.
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Wood fired pizzas are this Italian restaurant’s specialty, with a huge selection of pizzas on their menu. Pick from the classic Margherita to something a little more fancy like the Prosciutto Di Pancetta.
Enorme, 20 PJ Centrestage, Jalan 13/31 Section 13, 40460 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +603-7661 0651
La Risata has been a favourite since 1996 — and we’re not surprised as this restaurant interior and menu oozes authentic Italian culture and food. They have expanded to two outlets since then, one located in Damansara and another in Ampang. Their wood fire pizzas are delicious but try one of their signatures, the squid ink risotto while you’re there too.
La Risata, 128 Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, +603 2095 9572
Patty and Pie — home to traditional wood fired pizzas and the popular Mac & Cheese burger is located in quiet Aman Suria. The pizzas served here are all made fresh to order. Toppings and flavours go on a handmade sourdough bread then baked in the furnace.
Patty and Pie, F-G-40, Jalan PJU 1/45, Aman Suria Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, +6012-223 1009
Have a thing for luxurious ingredients? Proof Pizza + Wine has just the thing. The Umbrian black truffle pizza with mixed mushrooms, black truffle paste and taleggio will please any truffle fan. Keep an eye out for fresh white truffles when they’re in season.
Proof Pizza + Wine, 29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2788 3613
This eatery has been serving wood fired pizza and great Italian hospitality since 2003. Pizza Brava serves the thin crust version that’s thick enough to pick up pizza toppings to deliver straight to your taste buds.
Pizza Brava, 18, Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +603-6201 6608
Wood fired pizzas are a must try here but Fahrenheit 600 also serves a wide range of pastas, breakfast dishes, burgers and tacos. They offer unique pizza toppings that you don’t see everyday, including this fig and smoked duck pizza. Everything is handcrafted here, including the bread.
Fahrenheit 600, 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +603-6206 3417