Ella’s Wood Burning Oven
Where there’s fire, there’s flavor.
“It’s an old traditional way of cooking that dates back to prehistoric times. I mean cave days. What it does, it imparts great flavor. Cooks at high heat, which allows you to sear in all the juices and flavors of the food that you’re cooking. The smoke kind of billows through and gives you the flavor that you’re looking for.”
And WHEN you’re looking for wood fired pizzas, burgers and a whole lot more, there’s no place quite like Ella’s Wood Burning Oven.
Located on Cranberry Highway in East Wareham, Ella’s Wood Burning Oven Restaurant is a cozy spot that makes you feel at home the second you step into the dining room.
“I like to say that it’s kind of like walking into somebody’s house, which I think you get the minute you walk in the door with the wood burning ovens.”
The couple behind it all are Marc and Bree Swierkowski, who have been feeding customers wood fired goodness for nearly twelve years. It all happens right in the dining room at their wood burning oven.
“It’s great because you’re able to sit in the dining room and get to see what all the cooks are doing. So it’s kind of like a dinner in a show kind of a thing going on.”
“They like watching this work. They like the smells that are coming out in the kitchen The minute you walk in everybody always comments about how great it smells can’t wait to eat everything smells so good.”
And everything from that wood burning oven tastes so good, especially their pizza.
“The pizza is a cross between a Neapolitan and a New York style pizza. So it has that bubbly kind of leopard skin crust, but it also has that thinness to the New York style.”
You can opt for the classic Margherita, perfectly executed with basil, sea salt and olive oil. Or indulge it the Bacon and Potato Pizza topped with fresh onions and creamy brie. But for the ultimate flavor explosion in your mouth, try the Prosciutto and Fig.
“You get the nice sweetness from the fig. You get savory, as far as the prosciutto with some saltiness as well, the fresh arugula right on top. There’s a little little bit of truffle oil on that nice, crispy crust. It’s one of the best pizzas we have.”
If you’re looking for some appetizers to get your meal going, you can order a big board of charcuterie and cheese with all of the usual accompainiments. Or get the flavor of the fire through Ella’s Wood Grilled Smoked Chicken Wings smothered in a house made pepper sauce. And then there are Marc’s Meatballs. Sicilian style beauties spiked with pinenuts and golden raisins for added flavor.
“The golden raisins impart a little bit of sweetness and pine nuts impart a little bit of fat to the meatballs themselves. Hand rolled. Wood oven baked and then we cook them slowly in a little bit of tomato sauce.”
And since you’re close to the Cape, chowder is a must. And Marc’s is sure to blow you away.
“It’s a fresh little necks that are steamed open and clam broth that we impart flavor From smoked bacon, and as well as sweetness from sweet potatoes. It is a brothy chowder. It’s not your traditional thick chowder. It’s one of those dishes that people have and say I can’t believe I never had this before.”
The wood grilled, dry aged burgers get a creative spin with classic comfort foods serving as the inspiration.
So you can indulge in this version topped with creamy Stroganoff….
Or opt for the French Onion Soup Burger.
“French onion soup burger is probably one of my favorites. I love the gruyere cheese and the caramelized onions that are on top and that traditional French onion soup flavor profile. Again, a nice burger that you’re going to enjoy with a steak knife and a fork. You’re not going to pick it out right on up or you might get a little messy but it’ll be worth it.”
There are fire kissed entrees like Wood Grilled Salmon served alongside celery root puree and roasted cauliflower and satisfying Korean Short Ribs paired with a kimchee fried rice. But the real crowd pleaser is Marc’s Sweet Potato Pierogi; a dish he learned from his Polish mother.
“My mother from Poland taught me these dumplings. They’re hand roll dough and hand stuffed. All the pierogies are made every other day and we’re garnishing them with roasted pears, some smoked grilled cabbage, hazelnuts and brown butter. You get the smokiness from the cabbage. The roasted pears has a little bit of acidity from vinegar plus the sweetness from them. You’re getting all the flavors that you’re looking for in every single bite.”
And once you’ve tackled your meal, you’re going to want to get your hands on Ella’s Chocolate Sticky Toffee Pudding with housemade sweet potato ice cream.
“It’s served in a mason jar. The pudding cake is topped with our house made sweet potato ice cream which lends a nice savory aspect to it, and then served on the side to be drizzled right on top is our house made toffee sauce, a little bit of sea salt on top. That way there you get the sweet, savory and the salty all in one. Perfect way to end the meal.”
And for this couple, there’s nothing more perfect than the feeling Marc and Bree get when they see the happy faces around their restaurant. And you’ll be smiling too when you dine at Ella’s.