Ever since taking a course on La Cucina Italiana (Italian Kitchen) last semester, I’ve been craving some authentic Italian-style pizzas. I’m not usually a big fan of pizzas but the countless rave reviews of this pizzeria was quite attracting.
Named after the notorious mob thriller GoodFellas starring Robert De Niro, Goodfella’s Pizza specializes in authentic neapolitan-style wood oven pizza, salad and Italian inspired dishes. Their recipes are created with a “rustic Italian ‘backyard’ flavour only found south of Rome.” I was transported back to old Italy the minute I stepped inside the restaurant. The brick walls, hung-up cured meats and large wheels of cheese displays all add to the warm and cozy ambiance of this place.
Besides pizzas, Goodfella’s serves various appetizers that you would find in most Italian eateries. Since none of us could read Italian, we ordered whichever descriptions that sounded the most mouth-watering. Arancini Siciliani is dish consisting of arborio rice balls, stuffed with ground veal, green peas, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and topped off with fresh basil. The delicious combination of all the ingredients made us give this appy two thumbs up!
We decided to share three pizzas as all of us were quite famished. The Prosciutto e Arugula had mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, fresh arugula, shaved parmigiano-reggiano cheese and drizzled extra-virgin olive oil. Although the pizza was somewhat divided, our server gave us a pair of scissors to cut it (which I thought was quite interesting). The refreshing taste of arugula balanced nicely with the saltiness of the cheese and prosciutto. So far so good!
The Marinaio pizza had marinara sauce, mussels, tiger shrimp, calamari, grilled octopus, fresh garlic, fresh parsley and topped off with extra-virgin olive oil. We were surprised at the generous portion of seafood on the plate, and it complimented quite nicely with the the marinara sauce. This bad boy was hands down the star player of the meal as voted by the whole group!
The Quattro Stagioni had san marzano sauce, mozzarella, red bell peppers, prosciutto, artichoke hearts, sauteed mushrooms, dried oregano, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil. Mistakenly, we thought all the ingredients would be spread out evenly on the pizza so it was a bit disappointing when the pizza was sectioned off into 4. Personally I wasn’t a huge fan of this pizza since I detest mushrooms and ain’t a big fan of artichokes either. Yuck :(
Overall the dining experience was very enjoyable with their impeccable service and impressive decor. The food here gave me a whole meaning to good ol’ pizzas as the authenticity of their recipes and flavours had me wanting more. Delizioso indeed!