Friday, August 5, 2011

Bringing Back Tradition... Mother Dough Pizza

I'm not much of a cheese person, therefore not the biggest pizza fan, but I am confident in my ability to tell a good slice from a bad one. On the rare occasion that I am going to indulge in some ooey-gooey, cheesy, greasy pizza, it absolutely has to be from somewhere outstanding.

After some relatively quick contemplation, Mother Dough in Los Feliz won the prize of being my pick for a pizza outing. Opened earlier this year, Mother Dough has received rave reviews due to their authentic, Neapolitan style pizza. Rather than loading up tons of toppings, cheeses, and meats on top of thick, doughy crust like the majority of pizza's today, Mother Dough aims to let each component shine through. Their 850 deg F wood fired pizza oven produces deliciously thin, blistered, partially charred crust, melty cheese, and vibrant toppings in just a few very short minutes.

Confident in their ability to design the best pizza pies, Mother Dough offers a limited menu with absolutely no substitutions.

Learn about their method while you wait for your pizza! The secret to their famous crust? Mixing in bits  of previous days dough with the new batches for a fermentation process.

The restaurant was very well designed with an open layout, indoor brick, cool lighting, and exposed kitchen. 

Margherita Pizza- San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, and fresh basil. 
Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza- aged prosciutto, arugula, buffalo mozzarella, and San Marzano tomatoes.

In the end, it was the classic Margherita that was the hit. Tangy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil are always a perfect combination. I wasn't able to try the prosciutto, but others said that the thin, salty meat was well balanced with the sharp, acidic tomatoes and peppery bite of the arugula. 

My only complaints were that the pizza was a little oily to my liking, and the crust could have been a bit crispier. However, overall, I enjoyed my pizza. The crust was nice and thin and I enjoyed being able to taste the freshness and quality of the toppings. Mother Dough definitely deserves all of the attention they have received. 

Mother Dough: 4648 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027.

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