This week, Miss Yunks got naked. Pizza, that is. There’s been a lot of buzz about Naked Pizza and it’s finally open in two locations outside Boston: Brighton and Brookline. Naked Pizza is unlike any other pizza shop in this area. Naked Pizza uses all natural ingredients and no preservatives. They bring a new level to fast food. When you call in an order, they’ll have your pizza dough rolled out, sauced, topped, in and out of the oven in just 7 minutes and 55 seconds. That is fast, nutritious, and tasty pizza. Miss Yunks, along with other local food and fitness bloggers, was invited to tour the kitchen and taste the pizza in the Brighton location.
I remember tweeting with Peter Biro, developer of Naked Pizza and Five Guys, maybe six months ago when I first heard that healthier pizza was coming to town. I was very excited to finally get my hands on it and see what healthy pizza is all about. So, let’s revisit the tour.
The signature fresh green color suits Naked Pizza. The small space is perfect for their take out and delivery options. The kitchen is impeccably clean. The staff is well trained and friendly. Oh, and the pizza they call healthier is truly delicious.
I was really looking forward to trying the Pima pizza, topped with black beans, jalapeño, cheddar cheese, and a side of Pico (tomato, onion, cilantro and lime). This is sort of like nacho toppings on a thin crust pizza. I love nachos, and I loved the cheese and beans with the spicy pico. As I predicted, this was my favorite pizza.
I loved all of the others too. The thin crust was unlike any other thin crust I’ve ever had. It was flaky, and it was more like pastry than a cracker. The cheese to tomato sauce ratio on the cheese pizza was perfect. Naked Pizza uses part skim mozzarella to keep the topping light so it doesn’t slide off when you take the first bite. Their sauce is made with tomatoes, water, and dried herbs. You won’t find any added sugar here. Their pepperoni is made without nitrates and uses extra paprika to get the expected red color. The superbiotic pizza is their best seller, and I’m not surprised at all. It’s topped with artichoke hearts, spinach, bell pepper, mushroom, garlic, red onion, and cilantro. The flavors combine perfectly on this scrumptious vegetarian pizza.
Naked Pizza has nine named pizzas, and you can also create your own with any toppings they offer. They also serve bread sticks, a spinach salad, and stock Jones Soda, which I tasted for the first time. Root beer is delicious!
This pizza didn’t taste healthy; it tasted fresh and unique. I love the topping combinations they’ve come up with and the only thing they’re missing now is a location in Cambridge. If there was a Naked Pizza in my neighborhood, I would certainly be a frequent customer. For now, I will make the drive to Brighton or Brookline whenever I’m craving pizza, hold the extra fat and calories.
Have you been to Naked Pizza yet? If yes, what did you think? If no, what are you waiting for? Go get Naked!
[Full disclosure: The pizza and soda were provided free of charge. I was not obligated to write a review. All opinions are my own.]