Spicy Americano

The Spicy Americano pizza from Milan's Market.

Stefani Dias / The Californian

There are plenty of reasons to head to the farmers markets, which take place Saturday and Sunday around town. But along with all the fresh produce and locally made products just waiting to be transformed in your kitchen, there are also items for the lazy eaters among us. The Sunday Haggin Oaks market, in the parking lot at Kaiser Permanente near The Marketplace, features a number of vendors preparing food to order, meaning you can grocery shop and enjoy breakfast or lunch in the same outing.

One vendor that's fired up to be there is Milan's Market, which slings wood-fired pizzas fresh to order. I sampled their wares the day before at the Pizza and Beer Festival at the Kern County Museum and can confidently say the pizza maker was the best thing about the event. Based on what I had tried, I ordered a full Spicy Americano pizza ($13), which is easily shareable or good for snacking on later in the day. The pie is vibrant in a Christmasy way with pepperoni, fresh mozzarella and sliced jalapeno. Although the peppers are mostly seeded, there's still some heat so be warned. The smokiness from the wood oven adds to the flavor; even a little char is OK on this spicy pie.

Milan's makes breakfast pies as well as lunch options. One to try on a return visit will be the chef's special, which is subject to the creativity of chef/owner Jeff Palmisano. You can also bring a topping for them to include on your pizza or try one with ingredients culled from the market.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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