Este Pizza in Sugarhouse, Utah has some great pizza and is in a really cool location. I pulled up for lunch today, and took about 5 minutes to marvel at the vine wall outside the restaurant. It reminded me of a kid watching Cubs baseball games on T.V because the wall had the same greed ivy as Wrigley Field in Chicago. You have to go further East than the Windy City though if you want to know where this pizza originated from, Este Pizza or “East” Pizza has some of Utah’s best thin crust NY style pizza. Even inside the restaurant the walls are made of curved aluminum, with urban style murals everywhere. I like pizza, but I love it New York style.
Before I do my review, I want to announce I’m turning over a new leaf with how I review pizza. Este pizza has huge slices that are ready to go waiting for you under the heat lamp. Now the quality of those slices will depend on just how long the pizza was under the heat lamp. When I do reviews at other restaurants, if they left their food under a heat lamp for 40 minutes, it probably wouldn’t be tasting quite as good, so I wanted to get a freshly made pizza in order to give them a fair review. I understand that pizza places will have slices ready to go, just because they are trying to cater to the busy lunchtime worker who only has a few minutes for a quick slice. That is all fine, but I want my pizza reviews and my other reviews to be on the same playing field, which is delivered to me fresh and ready to go. I had some time to spare so I went with some garlic knots and a pizza known as “The Clay”.
The garlic knots were good but I didn’t fall in love with them. They were brought out piping hot, lightly buttered with a fair amount of garlic. Something inside of me wanted them to be cheesy, I can’t quite put my finger on it. So for those of you that want just some bread and dipping marina sauce, you will love these, but if you are in the mood for pizza, then you may or may not enjoy these. I actually might try the fried ravioli on my next visit.
I don’t know why they call it The Clay, but this pie was pretty dang good, NO this pie was amazing. It had four delicious meats; pepperoni, ham, meatballs and sausage. I loved everything about the pizza here. The crust was thin and crispy. It wasn’t drenched in grease, nor did it feel like it was going to flap over like a pancake. It held it cheese and toppings pretty good. With that said, if you want to eat it like a real New Yorker you need to fold it in two. The marinara sauce was also delicious. It wasn’t overly acidic, but it was just right. My favorite meat topping was the sausage. Again it wasn’t the crumbled up breakfast sausage stuff, but the sliced sausage. It felt like there was a lot of cheese, but not enough to leave a puddle of grease on top of my pizza. I don’t know how these guys did it, but they really did put together a great pie here.
Last but not least, these guys have apple beer on tap for your enjoyment. I can’t tell you how much I like having something unique on tap to enjoy. This is a nice little spot, and good tasting food. These guys do really well. Even if you have to swing by real fast and get a slice to go, just use your head. If the pizza looks like it has been sitting there all day, then guess what? Don’t order it. Also don’t forget they have really good calzones too. They have a Sugarhouse location as well as a downtown location. Visit them online to check out their menu at estepizzaco.com
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