“Novanta” is Italian for ninety, and ninety seconds is all you need to get a pizza from our latest pizza adventure. At Novanta, a quaint little pizza shop off Mineral Point Road on Madison’s westside, pizza’s are cooked for ninety seconds in a 900 degree brick oven. And while reading this review will require more than ninety seconds, in the spirit of Novanta, I will keep things short and simple.
Not only are the pizzas made super speedy, Novanta also features a mozzarella bar offering; housemade mozzarella, Italian imported buffalo mozzarella, and Italian imported smoked buffalo mozzarella. (In case you were wondering……. )
We started our meal with a smoked buffalo mozzarella bar selection, choosing to pair our mozzarella with pesto, cherry tomatoes, an olive oil/balsamic vinaigrette mixture and some lightly toasted sourdough bread. The mozzarella was DELICIOUS! The exterior was hard and lightly charred while the inside of the cheese was soft, smoky, and incredibly moist. The remarkable thing about this mozzarella was just how light and airy it was to eat. It really is the perfect way to start a meal, it starts to fill you up but leaves plenty of room for the main course.
For our pizza selection we choose the Salsiccia; Italian sausage, mushrooms, garlic, basil and mozzarella cheese. These pizza’s are smaller than a standard pizza, more in line with Grampa’s pizza than what we had at Sal’s, Glass Nickel, and Roman Candle. The pizza was cut into four large slices, which left two slices for Annette and two for myself.
There was a nice contrast with this pizza, the lightness of the melted mozzarella with the roasted garlic, mushrooms and sausage and the basil just poking out from under the cheese. As Annette said, “This is what I think, when I think of Italian pizza.”
🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕/5 (5/5 on Presentation)
Unlike some of the other pizzas we’ve reviewed this pizza didn’t have any strong, overpowering flavor. With this pizza that was A-OK. The dominant flavor profiles with this pizza were sweet and savory. The sauce was sweet and the cheese was light which contrasted well with the savoriness of the sausage and the charred, smoky flavors of the garlic and mushrooms.
🍕🍕🍕🍕 .5/5 (4.5/5 Taste)
Good ‘ole housemade mozzarella. Light, airy, well melted. Good stuff!
🍕🍕🍕🍕/5 (4/5 on Cheese)
Another unique feature is that Novanta pizza’s don’t even feature a typical tomato sauce base, but rather crushed San Marzano tomatoes for the base of this pizza. These tomatoes form a sweeter base than a traditional tomato sauce. A light base for a light pizza.
🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕/5 (5/5 on Sauce)
Perhaps the thinnest crust of any pizza I’ve ever eaten. What was interesting with ths crust is that the edges were super crispy but the middle was soft and spongy. Suffice to say, both parts of the crust were enjoyable. There was a nice charred flavor to the crust from the oven, which helped add to the overall flavor of the pizza. We used the ends of the pizza and dipped them into our leftover pesto for a nice little treat between slices of pizza.
🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕/5 (5/5 on Crust)
After all that mozzarella and pizza you think we’d be full, but we found room for a nice cannoli and Oh My Goodness, this cannoli was absolutely spectacular.
The sweet and creamy filling had the perfect amount of chocolate chips, while the tubular crust was soft and crispy. You just better go and try one for yourself. You will NOT regret this decision.
Another fabulous evening of pizza 🙂
And that’s it, thanks for reading. As always, I hope you got as much enjoyment from reading the blog as we got from enjoying our pizza. Hopefully you get to Novanta soon yourself! To finish, I leave you with this.