Ploughing through the pages of the super-ravenous SliceNY pizza stalkin’ blog I got a pang to tag along to their next pizza night in New York City. Lacking the airfare and the time, I have to settle for pizza in Saigon. It might not be up to the New York standard or within sniffing distance of the Italian benchmark, it doesn’t really matter. Whether you’re in St. Petersburg, Seattle or Saigon, if pizza calls, you gotta have pizza an’ nowt else will do. As we’ve discussed before, there’s not a whole lotta blindin’ pizza action going on in downtown Saigon. However, there’s far worse to be had in this town than the Pizza al Gorgonzola pictured above that had me choking on cheesy fumes at the popular Pomodoro Italian Restaurant at 79 Hai Ba Trung Street in District 1. The Pomodoro opened four years ago and serves 12 different pizzas along with pasta dishes, Parma ham with a spicy tomato chutney, a fab French onion soup and a decent wine selection. It also has the best service of any restaurant I have visited in Vietnam.
Carrying on the superlatives theme, the crust is the thinnest I have found in Saigon. It can be somewhat dry and over toasted around the edges resulting in an over crisp teeth cracking perimeter, but the all important char taste is ever present. Gorgonzola cheese, or any blue cheese to my mind, is a winner on a pizza and the Pomodoro slaps a healthy splodge of Milan’s finest in the middle and lets the goodness spread over the mozzarella and crispy dough. Like the bread base, the topping is also on the thin side and the bizarre addition of tomato slices can be annoying. But, maybe that’s authentic Italian style? I’ve no idea. This large size pizza is enough for one greedy guzzler to start thinking about unbuckling belts. It would do equally well for two on a diet. The salads at Pomodoro are patchy, so are the ‘daily specials’, but the pasta is good, the Lasagne al forno especially so, and their Italian espresso is the best in Saigon. Pizzas go from 40,000VD – 90,000VD. Here’s the delivery menu and further restaurant details. And here’s the business card and directions.