A new neighborhood spot, Salvatore’s Tomato Pies is a little hole in the wall on E Johnson Street. But, it pumps out the best pizza I’ve had in Madison! Salvatore’s has been a Sun Prairie favorite pizza joint for years now, but I never go out to Sun Prairie. So when they opened up a second location only blocks from my house, I jumped at the chance to visit.
There were four of us for dinner and we decided to share 2 large pizzas and an appetizer. For the first course, we ordered the freshly made burrata. A classic house-made soft Italian cheese, the burrata is served with warm bread and roasted heirloom garlic. The cheese was so soft and perfectly seasoned, and you could just taste the freshness. It was a great way to start the meal.
Now for the star of the show — the pizza. We got 2 large pizzas, but we did each of them half-and-half so we could try four different varieties. And this was the right decision because there were 4 pieces of each flavor– one for each of us! For the first pizza, we did the Forestiere and Carbonara. The Forestiere was my favorite pizza overall, because the toppings were delicious. Complete with thinly sliced onions, bacon lardons, crème fraiche, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, fresh thyme and local mushrooms, this pizza was rich with flavor, texture and savory notes.
I think the Carbonara was my second favorite because it brought back some really strong food memories. When I was a kid, we used to eat these little frozen breakfast pizzas (we called them eggie pizza) for dinner and they were like my favorite! And this Carbonara pizza had all the same flavors… but SO MUCH BETTER! The minute I bit into the pizza, I was flooded with food memories from my childhood and I felt like I was eating the grown up version of my childhood favorite.
For the second pizza, we had a side of El Mapache Loco and the daily special pizza, which came with housemade giardeniere, ricotta cheese, tomatoes and spciy italian sausage. The El Mapache had Harissa adobo chicken, roasted onions, poblano peppers, and queso fresco, which all gave it a nice kick!
What really set these pizzas apart for me is the ingredients and creativity. Their menu is always changing and if you follow them on Instagram, you can see what their nightly specials are. The crust is phenomenal too and you can see them tossing it from the dining room. It is so light and well seasoned, without any of the doughiness or heavy feeling you find at other pizza joints. We had a wonderful server too, which made the experience all the better. He was so knowledgeable and friendly without being pushy or overbearing.
I intended on taking pictures of the pizzas, but the minute they showed up, I completely forgot because I was just too excited about eating. The pictures you see here are from their facebook page.
Overall, I would absolutely go back, and honestly, I don’t think I’ll get pizza any where else now. This is just a step above everywhere else and I don’t want to eat somewhere with lesser quality when I know Salvatore’s exists (and only a few blocks from my house!). I’ve been thinking about it all week and I can’t wait to go back. Is twice in the same week too much?