Bountiful has a few food gems and I’m happy to say that Arella Pizzeria is one of them. Were Arella Pizzeria in downtown Salt Lake City, it could compete with Settebello and Vinto in a wood-fired pizza contest.
Sisters and owners Lindsay Spencer and Jessica Beck pride themselves on a pizzeria that melds California gourmet, New York-style thin-crust and traditional Neapolitan pizza.
What’s more, their good taste extends past the kitchen with the visual design of Arella. Modern design, muted colors, intriguing light fixtures and a wood-fire pizza oven with a glass-tiled front take center stage. Even the restroom (at least the women’s) boasts glass inlaid tiles and a stone wash basin. This is by far the most beautiful restaurant I’ve seen in a strip mall.
At the center of the restaurant, diners can watch their pies being hand-tossed before being sauced, topped and placed in the 700-degree brick oven. There are 13 pre-designed specialty pizzas or customers can build their own with more than 25 toppings. Pizzas are available in 11-inch, 14-inch and 18-inch sizes as well as a personal size at lunch.
Arella really excels at the California-style fusion combinations such as the namesake Arella (personal $8.49, small $13.99, medium $17.49, large $21.49). It comes with mozzarella, brie, Gorgonzola, caramelized pears, candied pecans and extra-virgin olive oil and then is topped with arugula that has been tossed in house-made blue cheese dressing. This sauceless pizza is just one surprise after the next. The bite of the Gorgonzola counters the sweet pears and then the chewy pecans.
The barbecue chicken pizza ($6.99/$12.99/$16.25/$19.99) includes both shredded and fresh mozzarella, chicken, red onions, olive oil and a heavy drizzle of tangy barbecue sauce. The ever-so-slightly charred crust, along with the two cheeses, crunch of the red onions and barbecue flavor are spot on.
Rounding out the menu are a few pasta entrées, a calzone ($12.99) as well as appetizers and salads. Arella makes all but a few of their dressings from scratch and, like Robintino’s just down the street, even the garlic bread (with cheese $4.49 or without $3.49) is served with a made-from-scratch ranch dressing, instead of tomato dipping sauce.
The artistically presented caprese salad ($7.99) features sliced tomatoes, a mound of aromatic basil and fresh mozzarella sprinkled with sea salt, are placed atop extra-virgin olive oil with balsamic vinegar on the side. This deconstructed version of a traditional favorite is not to be missed.
A tempting dessert menu includes a few gems like the chocolate calzone ($7.49) oozing with melted Belgian milk chocolate, mascarpone and marshmallows then topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream and fresh berries. The hot Arella raspberry sugar cookie ($7.99) is delivered in a cast iron skillet with fresh raspberries and vanilla bean ice cream.
535 West 400 North
Bountiful, UT 84010