After zooming around the deep south end of Edmonton, we spied a new pizza place - Red Brick Pizza. Its a new American franchise chain sprouting up new locations into Canada, with their signature "gourmet" pizza cooked in a red brick stone oven at 1000 degrees Celsius. The decor was modern with splashes of red and black tiles and walls accenting the large shiny red brick facade on their terra cotta oven where flickering flames could easily be seen.
We were happy to hear that they only do thin crust (sorry to the thick crust lovers), and after browsing through an extensive pizza menu with oodles of topping selections - bonus points for having provolone cheese, roasted garlic, prosciutto, cilantro and ricotta cheese amongst the normal run of the mill toppings. We settled in on chairs surrounding a small fireplace off to the side after we placed our order. The atmosphere is casual, with a small selection of beer and plenty of small flat screen tv's in booths and larger flat screen tv's all over the place. We watch the semi open kitchen go into a flurry of activity as we watched our pizza get assembled and slid into the oven with wooden paddles.
Roasted Garlic Chicken
This pizza was loaded up like I do at home... soo many toppings, it nearly collapses the crust LOL! And I totally approve! :D Plenty of mozzarella, sliced mushrooms, slivered red onions, sliced red bell peppers, crispy fresh bacon bits, pureed roasted garlic, aromatic and crisp bits of roasted garlic, ripe sliced tomatoes, all atop of a creamy white garlic sauce redolent with garlic, and finished with a generous grating of Parmesan... NOM!
The pizza was so good, I had a second, then third slice. The crust was as promised, baked to a crisp golden brown, yet tender soft on the inside. As the pizza cooled, the integrity of the pizza crust became a bit softer, requiring two hands to eat so the toppings wouldn't flop off the pizza. The bacon bits kept on trying to escape, but there was generous handfuls of the crisp smokey bacon, so we didn't make too much of an effort to capture them.. and made a bit of a mess on our table LOL! The picture doesn't do their pizza justice. Mmmm. We also tried their Pizza Bianco - despite lots of ricotta cheese, mozzarella, dry roasted chicken, mushrooms, roasted pine nuts, and olive oil, there wasn't enough salty savoriness and garlic sauce to elevate their new pizza past bland. They should add in a handful of Parmesan to kick it up a bit. We'll have to try their signature RedBrick Gourmet Works pizza with mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, mushrooms, italian-style sausage, black olives, red onions, bell peppers, and bacon on a bed of red sauce next time.
A surprising find in and unexpected location. Despite the Bianco pizza being a bite of a disappointment (it actually tastes like a healthy pizza lol), but I'm sure it'll appeal to a portion of their customers that enjoy healthier pizzas. I'm not easily impressed with pizza as I do the old school thing - mix, proof, pound, proof, shape and bake my own pizzas... yet Red Brick Pizza will likely become my new favourite go to place for well crafted, fully loaded thin crust pizza made with quality ingredients and excellent service. I know - you don't normally expect any type of service from pizza joints!! They are located in the deep deep south - Maybe I'll just have to move closer... or can we have a central location in Edmonton too... pretty please?
Red Brick Pizza
Address 965 James Mowatt Trail SW, Edmonton, AB T6W1S4
Hours open late 7 days a week
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