Food La La: Inferno’s Pizza opens at Ward Centre
BY LINDSEY MURAOKA / Special to the Star-Advertiser
This week I went to check out Inferno’s Pizza at their new location in Ward Centre. John Wong and Kyle Okumoto are the owners of Inferno’s and have been serving up their delicious pizzas baked in an 800 degree kiawe wood fire oven for almost two years. They started their business by making and selling their pizza out of a truck and portable oven in a parking lot in Kalihi.
As of last week, they are now located inside Vice Nightclub. However, they will still continue to serve their pizzas at farmers markets as well as food truck events such as “Eat the Street.”
Wong and Okumoto put a lot of high quality ingredients into their pizzas. They import the flour and tomatoes for their pizza from Italy and use a lot of fresh and local vegetables for their toppings.
They bake the pizzas inside of this oven, made out of brick and clay shipped in from California.
They’re still in the process of renovating the place. I went at about 6:30 p.m. on a Wednesday night and there was a mix of families having dinner and a pau hana crowd enjoying a few drinks with their pizzas.
My friends Aya Nishihara, Leilani Soon, and I tried their caprese salad and three different types of pizza.
The caprese salad ($8) tastes fresh and is made with all local ingredients.
This is the white truffle pizza ($16) with crimini mushrooms, garlic and mozzarella cheese. I always have to order this pizza whenever I go to Inferno’s because I love truffle oil. This pizza is simple but has tons of rich and earthy flavors. All the pizzas have a slightly crispy and charred, yet chewy thin crust that makes you want to keep eating.
But I think my new favorite pizza is now their guava smoked pork pizza ($16) with fresh mozzarella, maui onions and locally made Kilauea BBQ sauce. I thought the sauce would overpower the pizza — but it actually compliments it quite well. There’s a nice mix of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors in every bite.
John recommended we try their White Garlic Clam pizza ($16) since it’s his favorite. This pizza has mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and tons of garlic and chopped clams. At first bite, the combo of clam and pizza crust seemed a bit strange. But after a few bites, I really began to like it. It felt like I was eating a clam linguine pizza.
Inferno’s pizza is open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Lindsey Muraoka blogs about food and drink for the Pulse. Contact her on Twitter or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.