I'll tell you right now that when we found this place in 2008--about six months after they opened--we finally settled ourselves in Utah County.
Yes, Pizzeria 712, you made that big of an impression on us.
|complimentary pita & hummus|
When we moved to Orem we found out it wasn't as easy in Utah County--as opposed to Salt Lake County--to find good, local places to eat....
We followed the crowds.
We stood in those fifty-minute-standing-room-only waiting areas *coughcoughChili's coughLosHermanos coughcoughBrickOven* and when we finally sat down for our meal, the food was boring, bland or too salty, low-quality, and we were shocked that people would wait so long for just okay, or in some cases gross, food.
We stopped following the crowds.
We were going to have to find the good places with our own eyes and taste-buds.
You see, Mark became a UPS driver and suddenly he was able to seek out restaurants while en-route. With his eyes on the area and my eyes on the computer (Yelp, Urbanspoon, Foodspotting), wallah, we found Pizzeria 712. Their air conditioning wasn't even working yet!
|This menu changes on a regular basis according to what's fresh, local, & in-season.|
My favorites are always replaced with more favorites.
appetizer: ricotta gnocchi, robert's mushrooms, corn, gremolata
Gremolata: condiment typically containing fresh chopped parsley, lemon zest, & garlic.
|Wood-fired pizza made with love.|
|salad: arugala, squash, jacob's cove cherry tomato, crouton, feta, parsley viniagrette|
|Heirloom Restaurant Group's food really represents this quote well.|
If you want the best ingredients you must use fresh, local, and in-season. The Heirloom Restaurant Group gets many of their ingredients from local farms and suppliers: Clifford Family Farm, Jacob's Cove, Rockhill Creamery, Amano Chocolates, Christiansen Family Farm, La Nay Ferme, etc.
|Pizza from a previous visit:|
house-made sausage, caramelized onions, fennel, tomato sauce, hand-pulled mozzarella
|pizza: clifford farm summer squash, mozzarella, ricotta, pecorino, garlic, purple basil|
|custard pie, allred orchard peaches|
I don't think I could ever live more than 20 minutes away from this place.
Pizzeria 712 belongs to the Heirloom Restaurant Group. They run another excellent restaurant in downtown Provo called Communal (try them for breakfast--or anytime....), and they also cater. Pizzeria 712 and Communal really tie for first place in my book. Update: They recently acquired Mountain West Burrito--my other favorite restaurant! We miss Joe, but so happy he left us in good hands.
And yes, we take our kids. As always, clean up after your children, don't let them roam around the place, bring things to keep them entertained, and if they start acting up, take them out.
Reservations recommended, but not required.