The Egyptians and Mesopotamians gave us the first bread ovens around 5000 years ago. Like ours, the Ancients’ ovens were made from clay and straw and bread was so important it was used as payment in kind for salaries and taxes. Millennia later, we tried the same trade with our waiters at Molly’s, but as enticing as the offer may sound, they maintain “cash is king”!


Now, to get to the reason for visiting The Clay Oven at Molly’s. Tradition has it that real pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven and we refuse to change tradition. To us, it’s very much a guarantee of quality.

It’s all about flames! First, we get the clay oven hot … seriously hot, sometimes exceeding 500 degrees Celsius. Our “pizzaiolo” (pizza baker) then moulds our hand made dough to shape, ladles on some of our home made tomato sauce, then sprinkles a mound of Mozzarella cheese and the freshest of toppings on top.

The magic then happens! Cooking time is very short, averaging a few minutes or so.

This very intense cooking in a wood-fired oven is what makes the pizza base crisp, bubbly and tasty. Textures are preserved, bases are crisp and golden on the surface, moist and melt-in-the-mouth.

We call it AUTHENTIC ARTISANAL ARTISTRY. We hope you enjoy our pizza as much as we do.

What our Guests say

To say this is the best pizza in the neighborhood is a severe understatement! It is simply the best Pizza I have had in recent memory, including a trip to Naples last year. I had the Argentinian and the other name I cannot recall (jalapeño, peppers and salami). Well done!!! World-class pizza in Henley!
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