Who doesn’t love pizza? According to Alto-Hartley, three billion pizzas are sold annually in the United States. Pizza is one of the most beloved foods across the country, and a new pizza joint, Iniga Pizzeria Napoletana, is here to help add to that statistic. But how does Iniga hold up to current local favorites like Bianchi’s and Sam’s?
Iniga offers authentic Italian-style wood-fire pizza. Their menu contains several traditional recipes but no customizable options for those looking to create their own pizza. According to junior Marta Johnson, not being able to change or create her own recipe affected her experience at Iniga. “I’m a very picky eater, so it was out of my comfort zone,” Johnson said.
Senior Owen Heimsoth enjoyed the authentic experience and claims that it is not comparable to other pizzerias in town. “It’s a different style. You can’t fairly compare them. Iniga gives you that true authentic Italian experience, whereas Bianchi’s is greasy American greatness. Iniga is where you take a girl on a date to show her how cultured you are, and Bianchi’s is a fun dinner, ” Heimsoth said.
It may be pricier than other local pizzerias, but you’re not only paying for the food, you’re also paying for the overall experience of dining there. Is that experience worth paying extra for, though?
In my own personal experience at Iniga, I thought the food was good but not the best I have ever had. Iniga’s pizza is in the traditional wood-fire style with a thicker crust, pieces of tomato in the sauce and a small amount of cheese compared to typical American, which is greasier and has a lot more cheese on it.
The pizzas also only come in one size that is meant to serve one person. Considering the portion size, Bianchi’s and Sam’s gives you more bang for your buck, but Iniga gives you a different style of pizza than other places in Ottawa, which I enjoyed.
The atmosphere is also different at Iniga. There you can watch your pizza being made and cooked in a large wood-fire oven, which is an experience that you can’t find anywhere in Ottawa.
So if you’re interested in mixing up your pizza game, then I would definitely recommend giving Iniga a try, but if you’re completely content with ordering Sam’s or Bianchi’s pizza, Iniga is a place you can skip.
Iniga is located at 215 W Jefferson St. and open from 4 to 10pm Monday through Friday, 12 to 10pm on Saturdays, and 12 to 8pm on Sundays.