My husband and I are always on the look out for a new burger or pizza joint to try out. A great fan of the Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market, we had heard through their Facebook page that the vendor who made wood fire oven pizzas at the farmers market had just opened a brick and mortar restaurant in Draper.
Of course we had to try it.
My husband had heard that their meatball sliders were to die for, but we had no other context for the restaurant.
I think there are definitely some pizza places that try to hard. Overly fussy pizzas with Alice Waters quotes in chalk on the wall. OAK is definitely not one of those places. Casual but elegant with elbow room to spare. Simple ingredients at their freshest, which always leads to the best results.
Can we just talk about the calamari for a moment? It’s really hard to get good calamari — calamari that hasn’t been overcooked to a rubber band consistency. OAK’s calamari was just divine. So tender, and so flavorful with that sauce they serve underneath it. Just a shade of heat to thrill your taste buds, but not so much that you are clamoring for a pitcher of water.
The meatball sliders were everything my husband had wanted them to be
And then there is pizza, if you even have room for it by the time you get it. The sides are meant for sharing, which we hadn’t anticipated, so we left with leftovers of our pizza. I ordered a white pizza, which you don’t typically find our west, being a New York staple. Most pizza places don’t get it right, losing the balance too much vs just enough cheese, but OAK’s was just right. Delicate, and not cloying, but still full of flavor.
The wait staff is great. Attentive without hovering. Very friendly, with fast service. And they will tempt you with a cookie in a cast iron pan swathed in vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and caramel. I don’t care how full you are – get one and share it.
Chef David Kimball’s OAK does not disappoint, and the price point is just right. You’ll find yourself a regular if you give it a try!
OAK Wood Fire Kitchen | 715 E 12300 S Draper, UT | 801.996.8155
Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm | Friday, Saturday 11am – 10pm