M Wood Fired Oven is in a small strip of restaurants and shops in the Hyde Park/Mount Lookout area of Cincinnati, and, thankfully, there is more detail and creativity in their pizzas than in their simplistic name. I was not previously familiar with M, and it was not very fun trying to find a parking spot in the area. However, I started to feel better once I walked in and saw the interesting rustic décor and wood fired oven behind a large semi-circle bar. The positive vibes continued as I learned of their unique beer offerings on draft and in bottles.
M Wood Fired Oven offers eleven specialty pizzas as well as the ability to create your own, and I sampled their Pepperoni and Napolitano (garlic confit, diced tomato, basil, and mozzarella). This may make me boring, but, while I liked both pizzas, I preferred the Pepperoni over the Napolitano because of its understated, yet delicious, red sauce. I’m not sure what all was in the red sauce, but I believe I may have tasted at least a hint of garlic. Both pizzas had good thin crusts that were fairly soft in most areas while having some spot charring along the edges. I’m not a huge fan of charring but understand that it is associated with this type of pizza, and I think the way their crust was done was a perfect way to offer that taste without having too much of it. All in all, I am definitely happy to have tried M Wood Fired Oven and would welcome a return trip.
What I Ate: Pepperoni and Napolitano