Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pizzeria 712

On an impulse, The Mister and I decided to go out to dinner last night.  We chose Pizzeria Seven Twelve based upon good reviews and the recommendation of friends.  We didn't really know what to expect, but were quite happy with our experience.

The Pizzeria is nestled into a cozy space just off Orem State Street.  The entrance is marked by substantial-looking wood and glass doors, with rustic lighting for ambiance.  Upon entering, I was struck by both how small the seating area was, and by the homey feeling created by the wood-burning pizza oven.  The pizza oven, is actually the inspiration for the name of the restaurant.  Seven hundred and twelve is the temperature at which the oven is kept.  Luckily, with adequate ventilation, we were kept pleasantly warm throughout dinner without ever feeling over roasted by the cheerfully leaping flames.

If you are looking for an intimate location for a heartfelt conversation, this probably isn't the place.  But, if you can be happy wedged between strangers at small tables for two, then head on over!

We started our meal with the yummy, warm pita bread served with a mildly spicy hummus.  The bread and hummus was followed by braised short ribs on polenta with horseradish cream.  Our salad course featured soft goat cheese and orange dressing.  The fresh green salad was lightly garnished with tender orange slices and studded with almonds.  I'm not sure of everything that was on our pizza.  But it was delicious!  The Mister and I decided that the sunchoke, pancetta, cheese combination was reminiscent of a breakfast entree.  It had a bit of that bacon and hash brown taste to it--but very unique and tasty!  On the recommendation of our waitress, we followed up our dinner by splitting a pecan blondie with ice cream and caramel sauce.  A very delicious end to a fantastic meal. 

If you're looking for pepperoni and cheese pizza--head to Brick Oven.  But if you're in the mood to be a little adventurous, I highly recommend Pizzeria Seven Twelve.  And you can hope that you get Sandy as your waitress.  She's great at recommending something special and she's adorable to boot!


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