Apr 2008

Opera – Ho Chi Minh City

small pizza

April 5, 2008
Cuisine: Italian

Park Hyatt Saigon
2 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC

Website: www.saigon.park.hyatt.com
Phone: 84 8 824 1234


White bread with creamy eggplant and olive oil (complimentary)


Pescatorre Pizza ($10)

Since afternoon tea at the Park Hyatt ended up being underwhelming, The Astronomer and I headed to a nearby eatery we knew would hit the spot—Opera.

We ate here a few months back and had a fabulous experience, but regretted not sampling any of the innovative pizzas. On this visit, we ate only pizza to make up for lost time.

We were served a warm loaf of white bread with a creamy eggplant and olive oil dip to start. Toasty on the outside and springy on the inside, the bread here is seriously addictive, especially with the accompanying sauce.

The Pescatorre pie, which was prepared in the wood-fired oven, was generously topped with fresh scallops, octopus, shrimp, squid, mozzarella and a drizzling of olive oil. The tomatoes and herbs played second fiddle to the oozy cheese and fruits of the sea. The thick crust was nice and chewy around the edges, but soggy towards the center. To add a little oomph to the crust, I dipped it in the eggplant sauce.

Unlike in America, in Vietnam people rarely take leftovers to go due to the smaller portions. The Astronomer and I took home our very first doggie bag at Opera because the eight slices of pizza were too much for the both of us. The pizza tasted just as good, if not better, the next day after chilling overnight in the fridge. Some things are just universally delicious…

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7 thoughts on “Opera – Ho Chi Minh City

  1. is that the shrimp i saw in your pizza?

    HELP HELP…..

  2. I am not a pizza fan but that pizza does look very tempting with the seafood toppings. I may have to try it myself. It would cost a lot more than 10 bucks in the States for that. Now can you get back to street foods.., pleazze?

  3. hey foodhoe.. you saw the baby octopus in that pizza too? oh…freak..tell me if there are sushi in it too… 🙁

  4. dunno how i feel about the mozzarella with the shellfish…better stick to that delicious street food.

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