Live fire restaurant with an emphasis on local ingredients, fresh meats, house-made pasta, bread, and Neapolitan style pizzas

Oakwood Fire Kitchen

Draper, UT – Italian – $$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Phil H. - Pro SifterMay 13, 2019

Overall 4.1 / 5.0

3.8

Food

3.5

Service

5

Ambience

4

Value

Overview

“Oak Wood Fire Kitchen is a live fire restaurant with an emphasis on local ingredients, fresh meats, house-made pasta, bread & Neapolitan style pizzas.” From stepping out of your car, to the entrance of the brick and mortar, to your seat you will be treated with a gorgeous smoky aroma from the wood oven.  For those of you who love to smoke food at home, this is a place for you with a dash of “rustic craft and soul.”

Value

Like many places alike, their focus is to provide you with fresh and elegance but fresh does not always equal good value. A plate from Oak Wood Fire Kitchen will cost you anywhere between $10-$20 and in my book that’s a win for this fare. In addition to fresh Neapolitan style pizza and hand made pasta they do have a limited selection of meat dishes you can choose from, nonetheless, I would stick with their well-crafted pizza and salad.

3 most popular dishes

Baked Goat Cheese, Gorgonzola Steak Salad, and Pasta Carbonara

What I ordered

Accompanied with my spouse, we started with the highly favored baked goat cheese which happened to be bathing in a bubbling bowl of marinara sauce. It was served with a warm parmesan, garlic, rip apart bread that complimented it perfectly. However, we did find it to be a tad bit oily to our liking. For our main course, we decided to go with the pepperoni pizza and pasta carbonara. The pepperoni pizza has a unique surprising flavor of hot drizzled honey. A sweet satisfying touch. The handmade pasta was flavorful and delightful but the Carbonara dish was flat, dry and again oily. I couldn’t taste the bacon, peppers, or corn they added and I prefer Carbonara to be creamy. The server brought us a dessert skillet cookie, which was thin and burnt with vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce.

Personal recommendation:

We have been here a few times and recommend the Wedge Salad, Oak Burger, and any pizza.

Food quality

Since part of the kitchen and wood oven is seen from any seat in the house you can watch the chefs make the dough from scratch, transfer to the mixer, and then hand toss. They do this time and time again during the open hours. Fresh ingredients are lined up to add to any dish.

Ambiance

When you enter the place you are greeted with an inviting industrial living room with fancy wallpaper, decorated pillows, and food books while you wait for your table. The dining area has a rustic farmhouse feel with modern chandeliers and light fixtures accentuating barn door table tops.

What I liked most

The baked goat cheese was extremely delicious along with the Neapolitan pepperoni pizza. We really can’t get enough of it. My spouse enjoyed the vases of fresh flowers that added a splash of color on each table. You can tell details are important to the owner.

What I disliked most

The dessert was burnt, likely due to continued cooking in the cast iron it was served in. It would have been better if it was brought out a little underdone, then allowed to continue cooking while at the table.  

The verdict

Oak Wood Fire Kitchen is deep in the heart of Draper and has become a local favorite for me. I love wood fired pizza and Oak Wood Fire Kitchen serves up the best. I enjoy bringing family and friends to this joint for the aroma and home feel, so we will be back.

Overall 4.1 / 5.0

3.8

Food

3.5

Service

5

Ambience

4

Value

Overview

“Oak Wood Fire Kitchen is a live fire restaurant with an emphasis on local ingredients, fresh meats, house-made pasta, bread & Neapolitan style pizzas.” From stepping out of your car, to the entrance of the brick and mortar, to your seat you will be treated with a gorgeous smoky aroma from the wood oven.  For those of you who love to smoke food at home, this is a place for you with a dash of “rustic craft and soul.”

Value

Like many places alike, their focus is to provide you with fresh and elegance but fresh does not always equal good value. A plate from Oak Wood Fire Kitchen will cost you anywhere between $10-$20 and in my book that’s a win for this fare. In addition to fresh Neapolitan style pizza and hand made pasta they do have a limited selection of meat dishes you can choose from, nonetheless, I would stick with their well-crafted pizza and salad.

3 most popular dishes

Baked Goat Cheese, Gorgonzola Steak Salad, and Pasta Carbonara

What I ordered

Accompanied with my spouse, we started with the highly favored baked goat cheese which happened to be bathing in a bubbling bowl of marinara sauce. It was served with a warm parmesan, garlic, rip apart bread that complimented it perfectly. However, we did find it to be a tad bit oily to our liking. For our main course, we decided to go with the pepperoni pizza and pasta carbonara. The pepperoni pizza has a unique surprising flavor of hot drizzled honey. A sweet satisfying touch. The handmade pasta was flavorful and delightful but the Carbonara dish was flat, dry and again oily. I couldn’t taste the bacon, peppers, or corn they added and I prefer Carbonara to be creamy. The server brought us a dessert skillet cookie, which was thin and burnt with vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce.

Personal recommendation:

We have been here a few times and recommend the Wedge Salad, Oak Burger, and any pizza.

Food quality

Since part of the kitchen and wood oven is seen from any seat in the house you can watch the chefs make the dough from scratch, transfer to the mixer, and then hand toss. They do this time and time again during the open hours. Fresh ingredients are lined up to add to any dish.

Ambiance

When you enter the place you are greeted with an inviting industrial living room with fancy wallpaper, decorated pillows, and food books while you wait for your table. The dining area has a rustic farmhouse feel with modern chandeliers and light fixtures accentuating barn door table tops.

What I liked most

The baked goat cheese was extremely delicious along with the Neapolitan pepperoni pizza. We really can’t get enough of it. My spouse enjoyed the vases of fresh flowers that added a splash of color on each table. You can tell details are important to the owner.

What I disliked most

The dessert was burnt, likely due to continued cooking in the cast iron it was served in. It would have been better if it was brought out a little underdone, then allowed to continue cooking while at the table.  

The verdict

Oak Wood Fire Kitchen is deep in the heart of Draper and has become a local favorite for me. I love wood fired pizza and Oak Wood Fire Kitchen serves up the best. I enjoy bringing family and friends to this joint for the aroma and home feel, so we will be back.

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