New York Style pizza with wicked good thin crust

Wicked Peel Pizza –

Riverton, UT – Pizza, Italian – $$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Brandon O.Pro Sifter & Photographer - Published Jan 13, 2019

Overall 4.0 / 5.0

4.1

Food

3.9

Service

3.9

Ambience

4.0

Value

We were intoduced to Wicked Peel by our friend Utah Pizza Life. Follow him for pizza advice!

Overview

This Utah native family-run pizzeria, on the edge of Riverton and Herriman, serves up pizzas with a wicked good thin crust! If you are a connoisseur of New York pizza, this is one of the best options in Utah! They also occasionally offer Detroit pizza too.

Value

Wicked Peel is on the pricey side. For a party of four, it ran our group close to $80 for four pizzas and a salad. Their medium pizzas cost around $11 while larges run for $21.

Most popular dishes

The Old World, Brooklyn, and Garlic Fromaggi.

Food quality

This pizzeria puts all of their focus on their pies. Expect anything else on the menu, like their salads, to be of average cafe quality. Now let’s talk about the characteristics of the pizza:

Crust 5/5
If you bend your slice, it maintains its integrity despite any heavy toppings. The crust is thinner in the middle and thick on the sides. The dough comes thoroughly cooked, yet still moist and chewy. It had a great crunch with a crisp outer edge. The bottom comes dusted with cornmeal to prevent sticking. There was minimal smoky flavor, despite being cooked in a wood-fired oven. There were little to no char spots as well.

Cheese 3.5/5
Some of their pizzas use fresh mozzarella, while others use bagged shredded Grande brand mozzarella. Their fresh mozzarella is more elastic and firmer. The shredded is creamier and gummier. My only qualm, the cheese was not thoroughly melted on one of my pizzas.

Sauce 3/5
The sauce was average. It’s a tomato paste based sauce with added seasonings and herbs. You’ll taste a strong basil and garlic profile that adds to the pie without removing focus from the toppings.

Toppings 4.5/5
Great toppings. They slice their meats, use fresh sausage, and fresh herbs, as I would expect at their price point.

Brooklyn
This pie has potential, but the flavors are unbalanced. It features green olives, fresh sausage, pepperoni, and mushrooms. The green olives are overpowering, providing sharp acidity. The meats provide saltiness but get lost in the mix. I would have preferred fresh mozzarella over the shredded cheese and fewer olives.

Buffalo Pizza
The tomatoes and cilantro took away from the Buffalo chicken taste, which I wanted more of. The chicken bits themselves were somewhat dry. To take this pie to the next level, ask your waiter for the spicy ranch to pair it with. The dressing enhances the flavor. Wicked Peel should seriously get a squeeze bottle and drizzle it over the whole pie before serving it. So good!

Old World
A NY style take on a classic Margherita pizza. This is a straightforward pizza. Cheese, sauce, and basil are all it takes to create this refreshing pie. Unlike your typical Margherita pizza, the Old World places the fresh mozzarella on first, then sauce. Once cooked, the pizza is finished with plenty of fresh basil. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another pie like this in Utah.

Garlic Fromaggi
This cheese pizza leans towards the greasy side. But if you’re a garlic lover, you’ll love this pizza! It features a four-cheese blend (shredded mozzarella, Asiago, Provolone, and Romano cheese) with a garlic sauce base. The garlic packs a punch, without it being too overpowering. Combine the ingredients, and you get a hint of spicy, pungent, and savory flavors that leaves you wanting more.

*Dietary Needs

They offer cauliflower gluten-friendly crust that they buy from their distributors. However, since they only have a single oven and kitchen, cross-contamination is highly likely. I don’t recommend those with celiac eating here.

Ambiance

The space looks like your average pizza parlor. It’s clean and the furniture is in good condition, but the whole place lacks character.

Service

I’ve come here on multiple occasions. There have been times where it’s been uncrowded, yet slow. I’ve waited up to 25 minutes for my pizza. When the owner is around, the service is prompt with the food delivered within 10 to 15 minutes. In either case, the staff was amicable. However, I would enjoy better consistency.

What I liked most

The crust and availability of premium toppings.

What I disliked most

The lack of consistency in the service.

The verdict

I’ll keep coming back whenever I need to get my New York pizza fix. Wicked Peel offers excellent pizza for the area.

*Food prepared in this establishment may contain wheat, shellfish, dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts. Please ask the establishment prior to consuming any food.

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