Who Does Sourdough Pizza Better? Dean & Deluca vs. Plank Sourdough PizzaAugust 19, 2017
Sourdough and pizza—a thrilling combination. 2 foreign chains, Dean & Deluca and Plank Sourdough Pizza, boast to do it right, with house-fermented sourdough and a brick oven.
so we decided to put them to the test. Who does it better?
DEAN AND DELUCA
The upscale café from New York has a long and impressive menu, but as sourdough lovers, the pizza instantly grabbed our attention—with the prices grabbing our throats almost immediately after. The most expensive pizza is priced at a jawdropping PHP 980, and the most affordable ones at a still nail-biting PHP 780. We went with one of the more basic pies, the Margherita Mozza (“Marinara sauce, fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil”).
The eleven-incher was surprisingly heavy for a small pizza, which gives explanation to the prices. They placed perhaps twice the normal amount one might expect of buffalo mozzarella on the pie, so much so that you could not hold a slice up by its crust as the pie is unable to hold up the sheer weight of the cheese. Because of the heavy and generous toppings, we got full from only 3 slices when we normally could eat a whole 11″ pizza on an empty stomach to a single person. The quality of the ingredients were top notch and the crust at a lovely toast.
PLANK SOURDOUGH PIZZA
Plank Sourdough Pizza is less than a year old, opening in the S Maison Conrad in conjunction with their sister company, a bakery called Baker & Cook—the two are in fact connected and you would have to pass through the bakery in order to reach Plank. We were less than impressed with our visit to the pizzeria, with the staff seemingly confused by basic questions we had about the flavored olive oils that the placemats boasted (apparently not available in the Philippines, we found out several minutes later). The restaurant was still relatively new during our visit (5 months in) so we hope they have since improved their training.
We were even less impressed by the pizza, which is highly regarded in Singapore where the brand hails from. Though not as generous with the toppings—which we understand as their basic 12″ pie (“Tomato, buffalo mozzarella, caramelized garlic and basil”) is PHP 480—what confused us was a mushy and homogenous middle, the part that falls smack in between the bottom crust and the tomato sauce. Quite frankly, the dough tasted like it hadn’t been cooked through. We were perhaps cursed with a single bad experience, and it was extra disappointing for an acclaimed international chain.
Start pinching those pennies, because pizza-lovers can’t deny that Dean & Deluca have figured out a truly delicious café pizza.