Weekend Dining: Pizzeria Seven Twelve

The owners of Pizzeria Seven Twelve, Colton Soelberg and Joseph McRae, were once the executive chef and pastry chef respectively at The Tree Room in Sundance. But ever since the two friends decided to open a pizzeria together in 2007, they never looked back.

As the name implies, 712 degrees being the optimal pizza oven temperature, an impressive wood-burning oven makes up almost the entirety of the restaurant's kitchen. Separated from the dining room by only a small counter, the chefs are able to see and be seen by customers, allowing them to take the time to chat with patrons while preparing their food. The result is a very warm, inviting atmosphere that one does not usually find in a restaurant that serves white bean stew, house-made sausage, and braised duck leg ($7.50) as an appetizer.

Because of the owners' devotion to quality, the menu is always changing to reflect in-season ingredients (like butternut sqash); cheeses and other ingredients are made at the restaurant instead of being purchased at a store.

If you visit soon, the classic margherita with tomato sauce, hand pulled mozarella and basil ($9.50) is delicious, but if you are feeling more adventurous, be sure to ask your server which of the week's pizzas is the best. The desserts - apple crisp with sweetened whipped cream ($6), buttermilk panna cotta with winter fruit ($6), and warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream ($6.50)— - re phenomenal and small enough for one person to enjoy. We recommend that, if you go with a group, each person get something different so you can sample all the amazing treats Pizzeria Seven Twelve has to offer. While children are welcome, this dining experience is recommended for 10 and up.

Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. For your convenience, the lunch and dinner menu is posted on their website (pizzeria712.com). Reservations are accepted with some restrictions.

Address: 320 South State Street, Suite 147, Orem, UT 84058

Phone: 801.623.6712

Web site: www.pizzeria712.com

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