Centro Woodfired Pizzeria: A Treasure in Cedar City, Utah
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If you are aching for a great pizza or something like classic Italian pizza while in Cedar City, Utah, there is one place where you'll be guaranteed to get an amazing pie. This is a full review of the restaurant. But in case you don't want to read all of that, I'll be up front. I give this restaurant a full 5 out of 5 stars!
The address for Centro Woodfired Pizzeria is:
50 West University Blvd
Cedar City, Utah 84720
As locals to Cedar City, when my wife and I see a new restaurant we can't help but want to try it out. We were craving a good pizza and so in we went. The ambiance of the restaurant is great. The lighting is dim but adequate and lends itself easily to a comfortable environment. The decor is Rustic Industrial. An exposed brick wall combined with the lighting makes it feel homey and modern. The lights used are orangish in tone and the use of #10 cans on the tables as center pieces reflects the lighting to make it feel candle lit. This center piece idea also has a practical use in addition to its decor features. When the server brings your food, it is placed on top of the can making it easier to serve and share food and maintain table space.
The staff is very personable and warm. The menu is simple and elegant. Initially both my wife and I thought it was a little sparse in selection, but that is just an illusion. The selection is clear and simple. On top of that, you can add to your pizza if you wish. Water is served in chilled bottles without ice. Now, I personally hate ice but love cold water. This was the perfect combination. Having eaten at the pizzeria multiple times, I can say that service is prompt, friendly and professional. The wait for your food is about 5 to 10 minutes depending on how busy it is and what you order.
I'm not a salad guy. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good salad, but when I'm hungry I don't think, "Man, I could kill a salad." But this place makes me think just that. Perfection on a plate. The first salad we had was the Arugula Salad ($9). Everything they make is designed to feed two people and boy did this salad feed two. It could have been a meal in and of itself. It had tossed arugula with a lemon basil vinaigrette topped with thin slices of prosciutto and shaved Parmesan cheese. It was simple, pure and wonderful. Our second sitting, we had Summer Salad ($8). Made with mixed greens, crumbled fresh goat cheese, dried apricots and the lemon basil dressing, it hit the spot big time.
We also tried the Bruschetta ($5) which is thin sliced garlic toast topped with fresh chopped tomato, basil and an excellent sweet balsamic reduction. Their Rustic Bread ($3) is prepared the way is should be done. Cooked in a wood fired oven. Crunchy, crumbly and dry on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. Served with a fresh made herb dip, it is to die for.
In addition to water, soda, lemonade, ice tea and coffee you have a nice selection of Italian spring waters. The selection of wines and beers are amazing. While I myself do not drink for health and religious reasons, I can appreciate the range and quality of wines and beers available. The combination of domestic and imported was obviously made with thought and care. Each pizza comes with a recommendation of which beverage would best fit the dish. Furthermore, when speaking with the owner, I mentioned my love of non-alcoholic wines (made by putting the wine in a centrifugal and spinning off the alcohol and replacing it with grade juice) and he took the time to listen and said he would look into offering a couple selections at the restaurant. Now that is service! I'll update you on the selection once that happens.
The Pizza Pies!
Good lord the pies! I am not a crust guy, but I had a hard time telling if I liked the crust more than the actual pizza. If is superb! Soft, crunchy, dry, moist. It is all there! All the pizzas are baked in their woodfired oven. The dough is made fresh daily. None of this day old or frozen crap. The sauces are hand made and pure. The toppings are fresh and high quality!
Our first pie was the Roasted Mushroom pizza ($12). The little beauty was made with crimini mushrooms (wood roasted), crème fraîche and fresh thyme. This was as pure as a child's prayer. It was so good that I had to eat it with my eyes shut just to enjoy the flavor all the better. Seriously, I love mushrooms, but this pizza pie made me fall in love again. Simple, pure, wonderful. Add chicken and it is even better. Still, you don't have take my word for it. Go try it.
As for the second time we dropped by... oh my! I love pepperoni pizza. That is a staple in the pizza world in my mind. The Sopressata pizza ($13) takes pepperoni to the next level though. Hand made tomato sauce was a perfect undertone to the mildly spicy Sopressata salami topped with aged mozzarella & American grana.
The Pizza Arugula ($14) is what a salad dreams it could be when it grows up. Think the Arugula salad but with a little more cheese and on a perfect pizza crust!
Again, I can't state this enough, the crust is amazing. It's made with flour, water, yeast and salt. Simple, perfect. No additives. No chemicals. Just nature's perfection. Cooking in a wood fired oven makes the dough hold structure better while providing that combination of textures I've been describing. You have to try this out!
Dessert choices are as follows:
Gelato ($5). A scoop of vanilla creamy gelato goodness served with your choice of toppings. Toppings include a olive oil, sea salt & balsamic vinegar reduction (IT'S AMAZING!), raspberry or chocolate sauces (also superb).
Nutella Piegato ($8). Remember that amazing pizza crust I can't shut up about? Well, it's that dough filled with Nutella, folded, baked and then served with whipped cream and chocolate sauce drizzled over the top of it. My wife is NOT an Nutella fan, but she loved this treat.
Some other pizzas...
So as you can see, the food is amazing. It is simple. It is pure. The best bit is my wife and I have eaten there a few times and the tab including taxes and tip has never been over $40... ever... Granted, we never bought any alcohol, so that did keep the cost down. Still, for a good meal, that is amazing. Furthermore, one thing both my wife and I noticed is that when we eat pizza, most of the time we feel queasy afterwards (due to chemicals, too much fat and oil and whatever else). This is not the case for Centro. We felt great immediately after and long after due to the purity of the dishes.
So if you are passing through from one of the many national or state parks in the area, or you're coming through Las Vegas, please take the time to stop at Centro Woodfired Pizzeria. I am sure you will enjoy it. Their phone number is 435-867-8123. They are located at 50 West University Blvd (also know as Center Street), Cedar City, Utah 84720. Mention you read this article. Maybe then I'll score some free pizza!