People often ask me about my favorite pizza in town and I don't miss a beat in saying Pizza Brutta is the BEST pizza in Madison. It's not your typical New York-style delivery pizza, it's made in a wood fired-oven. The Pizza Brutta website explains their style of pizza is based on the flat-breads that were served on the streets in Naples, Italy, but don't be intimidated by that fancy explanation- this pizza has the same basic parts as your standard pizza - crust, sauce, toppings, and of course, cheese!
The crust - If your Pizza Brutta pie has a little char on the corners, don't send it back! The pies are in an oven so hot that a little scorching is bound to happen. The crust is perfectly crunchy and chewy and you won't be disappointed.
The sauce - When selecting your pie, you can go one of two directions: marinara or bianco. A marinara pie is probably closest to what you're used to- the simple sauce contains tomatoes, oregano, garlic and olive oil. The bianco pies on the other hand, skips the tomatoes and instead gets a simple sauce of olive oil, garlic and rosemary.
The toppings - One day I entered the pizza shop and the women at the cash register smiled and said "Welcome to Pizza Brutta! Today we have some lovely arugula from so-and-so farm in Verona, Wisconsin." It's no secret that we're proud of local food in Wisconsin, but I don't think I've ever been greeted by someone bragging about arugula before! It just goes to show that whatever toppings you choose for your pie, they will be fresh and local!
The cheese- Based on what you've read so far I bet you are ready to hear about the local , family-owned dairy where Pizza Brutta gets their cheese, but nope! Pizza Brutta actually makes their own mozzarella!
So there you have it, my favorite pizza in Madison! If you're looking for some other places to eat in Wisconsin, check out these blog posts: