This is not a title that I give out lightly, nor without many visits to this wonderful pizza joint. I have to thank my friend Garrett (who is a bit of a pizza savant) for turning me on to ESTE. Located at 156 E and 200 South in Salt Lake City, the restaurant is underwhelming from the curb. On my first visit I drove past it twice before I saw it:
|Like Many Great Food Places Este Doesn't Appear Too Exciting From Outside|
|One Of the Wonderful Pizzas of ESTE Pizzeria (photo courtesy of TripAdvisor)|
Now for the pizza! The pizza at ESTE does not disappoint. Large slices that are thin and perfect for folding come out on huge pizza pans that sit on top of stands in the center of the tables. My favorite pizzas are The Clay which is their version of a meat lovers pizza, and The Pink with pepperoni added. The Clay comes with pepperoni, ham, sausage and thin sliced meatball. The meatball really sends The Clay to the tip-top of the list. It is the best meatball I have ever had on a pizza! It is unbeatable. The Pink is ricotta cheese mixed with marinara sauce topped in mozzarella cheese. I have had it on its own and it is good, if pepperoni is added the pie sings. I'm getting terribly hungry just writing about it!
While the temptation may be too great to resist, try not too eat too much pizza too quickly. On my third or fourth visit I realized that if allowed to cool for ten or fifteen minutes, ESTE pizzas actually have more flavor. This is probably a result from being able to taste the oils from the meat and cheese, but I recommend you try to have a room temperature slice. You will probably never eat pizza the same way again.
ESTE pizza is also thin enough that it is easy to eat more than you were intending. A large or extra large pizza can be downed with little challenge. Of course, leftover pizza is fantastic as well. I urge you to visit ESTE--you will be glad you did!
Do you have a pizza place that rivals ESTE? Leave a comment below and I'll check it out!