Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria scored one of the best locations that a new restaurant could possibly hope for. Located in the heart of Sugarhouse, this new restaurant is sure to stay busy with passers by and foodies alike. And, with the warm weather starting to make an entrance, the huge garage-like doors that open the restaurant up to the patio and outdoors invite everyone driving past in for a cocktail and a slice.
Flatbread Pizzeria was super busy on a lovely spring evening when we decided to check it out. We were able to take a seat at the bar and enjoy a drink before we were seated. Right away we loved the atmosphere. The openness of the restaurant and decor are warm, modern, and comfortable. The bartender and the hostess were very welcoming and nice. We were called to be seated about 20 minutes after arriving and shown to our table. It was a good thing we had a drink, because it took about 20- 25 minutes to get a server to greet us. In fact, I had to go back up to the hostess table to request a server. And while that was a little irritating, we weren’t in a hurry and also understand that sometimes a new restaurant has quirks to work out and new employees that are being trained. So, were patient. Our server was nice and we got our order in about an hour after our arrival.
We ordered the Baked Goat Cheese with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes for an appetizer ($8.00). The appetizer did not come out before our meal – in fact it arrived well after our entrees. However, it was delicious. Rich, fresh goat cheese, lovely tomatoes with great flavor, and perfectly crispy bread. We really enjoyed the flavors and it was the perfect size for an appetizer.
We also ordered the Sausage, Pepperoni & Portobello Pizza ($15.50) – however, they brought us a different pizza to the table. When we sent it back, the mistake was fixed quickly. The pizza was delicious. The crust was flakey, the sausage and pepperoni were both featured nicely and the portobellos were not over-cooked. Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria can definitely cook a great pizza – even if it took us a while to get it! Flatbread Pizzeria serves authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) of Naples, Italy. You can read more about that process here. Delicious!
We also ordered the Grilled Shrimp Panzanella Salad (Spring Mix, Basil, Arugula, Spinach, Cucumber, Red Onion, Feta, Romas, Grilled Focaccia, Red Wine Dressing, $13.00). The salad was awesome with large prawns and an amazing dressing that complimented and did not over-flavor the salad. The feta was high-quality and overall the salad was refreshing and a great compliment to our other dishes.
Overall, the food was yummy – but we had some serious snags. We really enjoyed the flavors of everything that we orderd. And while we had to wait for our food for quite a while, everything came out hot and fresh. The bad parts of the experience were mostly due to Flatbread being a new establishment, and I am confident that they can work out the kinks. Service was slower, we received an incorrect order, and when we got our check, we were charged for two pizzas instead of one. However, the server was very pleasant, she took care of our problems with a smile on her face, and ended up slightly discounting our check for the trouble. For me, they definitely made up for their mistakes, and we are looking forward to going back. I can see Flatbread Neapolitan Pizza being a Sugarhouse staple for years to come and welcome them to the neighborhood!
Check it out for yourself!
Check out some awesome photos of this new Salt Lake City restaurant at Steve Smith Photography Blog. Lovely photos here! (My photos are a bit dim – as they were just snapped with my iPhone this time around).