Inspired by and named after his Italian grandmother, owner and chef Massimo Tenino has launched Little Italy's newest addition, Isola Pizza Bar. We had the recent opportunity to experience the authentic offerings and very much enjoyed the friendly service and scrumptious fare. Va bene, partiamo!
Traditionally, Italian food is characterized by its simplicity with a focus on combining quality ingredients. At Isola, tradition remains steadfast with the motto dalla vite (meaning "from the vine") at the center of the kitchen's focus. While other Napolena pizza restaurants import everything, ingredients at Isola are sourced locally whenever possible and imported only when necessary to assure the freshest and most genuine flavors.
Next we indulged in the creamy, yet firm, burrata mozzarella with fresh tomatoes, Genova basil pesto and a generous drizzling of deliciously fragrant extra virgin olive oil ($10) - a clean, refreshing, simple, no fuss Italian dish. The burrata is delivered warm once a week from the Italian husband and wife duo of Gioia Cheese, based out of L.A.
|Prosciutto di Parma e melone|
And finally, what we've all been waiting for - the wood fired pizza made in the brick oven imported from Naples! We opted for the quintessential margherita pizza ($12) made with imported Italian flour, Gioia’s mozzarella cheese, and a sauce of tomato, basil, garlic-infused EVOO, and seasoned simply with salt and pepper. The crust was perfectly thin (not too thin) and adequately crisp (not too crisp) with nicely charred edges. While the simplistic ingredients culminated in what was surely a fulfilling pizza, my mouth was begging for a flavor elevator (perhaps a touch more of salt or Parmesan would have sufficed?) but hot pepper flakes did the trick, adding that perfect kick. Pair this or any pizza with the vino nobile di Montepulciano, 2007 ($12) and float off to Italy.
Be sure to stop in Isola and check out Little Italy’s newest addition. Featuring traditional and modern Italian dishes and classical Napoletana pizza at reasonable prices (especially during happy hour – see below), Isola is certainly worthy of a visit. For more information, visit Isola's website, Facebook page, or Twitter account.
ISOLA PIZZA BAR
1526 India St, Little Italy
Tue-Thu 11 am - 10 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am - 11 pm
Sun 11 am - 9 pm