Sicilian Oven offers wood fired pizza with some of the best pepperoni we’ve had. While we only opted for take-out at their Lighthouse Point location, we found a stylish and comfortable restaurant with a friendly staff and we plan on trying the other locations around Fort Lauderdale.
As soon as I walked through the door I was greeted by a friendly staff that was more than happy to take my order. I had already looked over the menu online so knew what I was going to get, so the process went very quickly.
The menu has wood fired pizza and wings along with some Italian favorites like a pasta-free eggplant lasagna, meatballs and other pasta dishes. Pizza is sold in small and large sizes and you can choose one of the specialty pizzas (toppings already paired for you) or ‘crate your own’. There were a lot of items I wanted to try, but stuck to only three. I was told that the order would take about 15 minutes and I had a seat at the bar.
The restaurant is actually really nicely done. Dark wood tables and granite at the bar give it a nice feel. It is actually a very comfortable spot and could easily think about dining in on a future visit. The staff was very friendly and attentive to everyone which was nice to see. You can also see the wood fire ovens in the back flowing orange, almost like a large fireplace. The order was ready faster than I expected, but almost right along the 15 minute estimate given.
I was so hungry and the food smelled so good it seemed to add time onto the drive home. Of course it was ‘rush-hour’ so that didn’t help. I did sneak a peek at the pizza and it looked amazing begging for a taste. And what was this?? Small, thick pepperoni!! We love this kind of pepperoni as it curls when it’s heated and packs some great flavor. Oops, that pepperoni fell off the pizza, so I had to try a piece. Dang this was good pepperoni. Finally I got home and we unpacked our meal.
Three Rice Balls ($12) – These large rice balls are stuffed with ground beef, peas, fresh mozzarella and are fried to a golden brown. Three come in an order and they also include their home made Bolognese sauce. An interesting appetizer, these rice balls are very rich in flavor. We found that one more than satisfied us since there is so much packed in.
The rice was soft and fluffy and the ground beef filling was really good. Maybe just a touch more cheese would have gone well, but overall it’s quite filling. The Bolognese sauce was amazing. Fresh and loaded with what we think was sausage, its good enough to be eaten just with a fork/spoon.
Small Wood Fired Wings ($11) – Most coal fire and wood fire restaurants offer wings with caramelized onions. Sicilian Oven’s version is very similar to the rest out there and they really load you up with the caramelized onions. The wings had a nice flavor and were not charred too much.
The pieces of garlic bread were a bit too small and really could have been left out of the dish. 10 wings come in a small and we found it to be the perfect portion. We did have lots of extra onions, so be aware they do load you up here.
Large Pizza “make your own” with pepperoni and onions ($19) – The pizza is wood fired and that means it’s more on the ‘well done’ side. Some people say burnt, but we find we like this style of pizza lately. The large pizza was cut into 8 slices and seemed a bit smaller than some other pizza joints, but the quality made up for that difference.
They drizzle olive oil when it comes out of the oven and it gives the pizza an extra richness that we liked (and extra calories). The pepperoni, as I’ve said a few times, rocked. This small pepperoni really has some great flavor and the best is when a few pieces are stacked on top of each other. The cheese is high quality and had a good stretch.
The sauce was very tasty as well with some good garlic notes. We also liked the crust, a little on the thinner side and the darker, more well done areas was around the edges. Who really eats all of the crust anyway? Overall, a really good pizza.
We’d definitely go back to Sicilian Oven and will be visiting the locations in Coral Springs and Boca Raton soon. The prices are a little higher than some might expect, but you are really getting the higher quality product here that we feel is worth every penny.
Sicilian Oven is located at 2486 Federal Hwy Lighthouse Point FL.