photo: Courtesy of Nick Flandro
Finding Bricks isn't entirely easy for a newcomer (with only an awning to look for), but once you get your bearings and make your way downstairs, things get a lot simpler. Occupying two rooms of the garden level, the space's walls—many of which are, indeed, made of bricks—feature kitschy pop art and a number of big holes punched through, connecting the bar to the dining room. Red-and-white checkered tablecloths remind you that, yep, this is a pizza place. The atmosphere, while nice, is casual and cozy—you're in the basement, after all.
The pizza is thin crust, which may seem like blasphemy in this town, but don't light the torches just yet. With ingredients you wouldn't usually find in your average pizza parlor, the skinny pies make up for their sacrilege with flavor. Seafood, vegetables and interesting cheeses are available as toppings, and the combinations Bricks offers keep the regulars coming back: Try the Painful pizza if you're looking to sweat a bit (spicy pepperoni and jalapeno peppers aplenty) or get a taste of Cali with the Berzerkeley (smoked ham, artichoke hearts, sweet red peppers, tomato sauce and mozzarella).
The restaurant has a full bar, and since nothing goes with pizza quite like beer, there's a nice selection of out-of-the-ordinary drafts and bottles (Delirium Tremens, Summit Hefeweizen). If you prefer Pinot with your pie, visit on Tuesday, when bottles are half-price. The pizzas may not have the girth you're used to, but man cannot survive on deep-dish alone—think of Bricks as your healthy alternative.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Mac McCormick