Sourdough pizza? Well, I’ve heard of stranger things, but this one was intriguing, not off-putting. It was on the way to Cape Cod, just off I-195, so it was worth a little detour. Parking is available on the street and there are also a few municipal parking lots.
The vibe at Brick is casual. Go up to the counter, place your order, and they’ll bring you your meal.
My girlfriend started off with small Gorgonzola salad ($4.95). It consists of Romaine lettuce, caramelized walnuts, and a house-made Gorgonzola dressing. The small is almost enough for two to share and works as a nice light appetizer. There are strips of the sourdough that makes up the pizza crust topping the salad.
Brick serves individual pies, about 12 inches apiece. There is a large sign above the counter area explaining that each pie cooks within two minutes. The crust is thin, but not exceptionally crisp. The sourdough is… well… sour. There is a slight tang in each bite. The aftertaste is not overpowering, but is definitely distinct. The sauce is slightly sweet with a great tomato flavor. The cheese is light and tasty. Both are applied sparingly, but in proper proportions.
I got the Carne ($10.95), topped with linguica, sausage, and salami. My girlfriend got a cheese pizza ($7.95) topped with pepperoni and roasted garlic ($1.00 each topping). The meat toppings are sufficient, nothing more. They taste OK. They are applied sparingly enough to allow the taste of the pizza to be complimented instead of overpowered. The roasted garlic is served in big chunks. They look almost like mushrooms. I would have preferred smaller pieces, but my girlfriend was over the moon. Serious garlic aficionados will love it, but anyone on the fence should be prepared to chop it into smaller bits.
Check out the nice char. Not bad for two minutes in an oven.
This was very different. Being a dyed in the wool New Yorker, I am not sure I would like to eat this pizza regularly. For me, pizza is a comfort food, something that takes me back to childhood. Sourdough pizza is more of an oddity than a regular meal. Brick is definitely worth a stop and the food is very good, but don’t expect your usual pizza.
Brick Pizzeria Napoletana
163 Union St.
New Bedford, MA 02740