Who doesn't love a good pizza?
Crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings. You can't really go wrong with it.
But, we think you can always make it better, and Salvatore's Tomato Pies did just that.
We've been meaning to try the food here after hearing a couple of our friends tell us that it's a must-try. But, it meant we had to venture out to Sun Prairie to do so. Being new to Madison at the time, we didn't know where the heck that was and after we looked it up online, we decided it was too far for us. We downtown folks like to be able to just get to places without a "commute".
Now that we're just 'new-ish' to Madison, and really, Sun Prairie isn't too far with a vehicle, we decided to check Sal's out when... the East Johnson location in Madison opened up. Yes!!!!!!
They're located on a one-way street on East Johnson between N. Patterson St. and Norris Ct. Come early if you want a seat. (They have 2 locations, click here to check out where.) We got there a little after 6pm. It's a very intimate space, with limited tables. Parking may be an issue, but we were able to find one right out front which was 2-hour parking during certain hours.
For such a small space, they did a great job maximizing it and making sure they fit as many tables as they can. We loved the vibe and the decor. We especially loved the ceiling and their ceiling fan, which we plan to hunt down and purchase for our home.
They had a few beers on tap, and we were stoked to see that they had Founders Beer, which has quickly become one of our favs.
So what did we order?
We decided on one pizza with each half containing a different specialty pizza on their menu, and it so happens, that they were the best! Take a look! Ain't it a beauty!
Here are the MUST-HAVE pies:
1. The Fig and Bacon
This is one of their Specialty Pies, and it was dabombdotcom! They used Cabernet poached mission figs, gorgonzola cheese, a balsamic red wine reduction, some fresh basil and of course... bacon! This combination nearly blew our pizza-loving minds!
2. The Carbonara
This was also one of their specialty pies and damn it was good! They used Farmer John's Colby Caliente Cheese, mozzarella, mushrooms, bacon, scallions, 3 organic soft-cooked eggs, and topped with fresh arugula. We love that it had fresh arugula on this pizza. All of the ingredients came together nicely, and the soft-cooked egg was damn sexy!
3. The White Chocolate Covered Lemon Cake with Strawberry Coulis
Their dessert menu changes often, and this was the first night they rolled out this dessert. We were quite surprised at what arrived at our table since we weren't expecting such an elegant presentation. We couldn't wait to dig in. Once you get through the layer of white chocolate, you'll find a delicate and light lemon cake. The strawberry coulis tied it all together. Hopefully they still have this on the menu when we come back for more!
We left Salvatore's Tomato Pies with big fat grins on our faces. Good food makes us happy, and by the end of our meal, we were ecstatic!
The service was excellent, the food was great, and the staff was incredibly friendly. We felt nothing but cool vibes at Sal's... oh yeah, we're calling it Sal's from now on, 'cause we felt like we were part of their cool and hip pizza-family after we left.
Salvatore's Tomato Pies is a MUST if you want GREAT pizza! Hurry up and grab a slice!
Tell them Epicurean Chronicles sent you!