It took me a while to get to Little Italy, didn’t it? When I first thought of doing this blog, Isabella’s Brick Oven, was one of the catalysts. I’ve eaten here a few times and have always had a positive experience. Simply put, their pizza is awesome.
And I adore Little Italy. I don’t come here as often as I should.
Not all brick ovens are created equal. I’ve had many a pie this way and some have tasted exquisite. Other have tasted atrocious. This falls in the former category.
It’s been so long, I forgot what I’ve ordered here previously. To make up for that and to support our awesome local establishments, I ordered three amazing pizza pies!
First, was their Traditional Cheese. This was a joy to eat. Their homemade dough really shines through here. The crust is heated to perfection. And the way the mozzarella is baked into the bread is impressive. This is one of the best cheese pizzas in all of downtown Baltimore.
My second order was the Pizza Bianca. Their take on the white pizza included feta. And what a fantastic addition this is. How beautiful does that look? The ricotta, mozzarella, and feta really come together here. My taste buds were blown away. Again, the crust is dynamite. And feta is one of my favorite cheeses. This is the kind of white pizza one can only dream of. But then it comes true.
Last and nowhere close to least, is the Lombardi. We wanted to change it up this time. So we got a specialty pie. And special is an understatement. Putting a pie like this together is a stroke of genius. We have pancetta, gorgonzola, and walnuts. You’ve got to be kidding me. This was a lesson in Pizza 101 and all other courses combined. I really wanted to take my time eating this and appreciate every bite. My last helping of it came together perfectly. It’s as if the cheese, meat, and walnuts all hit each other symmetrically and with unison. That was one of the best bites I can recall in sometime.
I can’t pick a favorite as I loved all three. But Isabella’s is one of my favorites in all of the Baltimore area. I can’t recommend this place enough. They have many other pies I look forward to trying. Their slices may seem smaller than what we’re used to. But I find it all the more charming.
The girl that was working yesterday was very kind and courteous. She seemed truly appreciative that I stopped in. That always leaves a great impression.
And for being open less than 10 years, they’ve already made their mark in the neighborhood and the city. I can’t wait to go back.
Take good care.