I had heard so much about BrickNFire Pizza out of Catonsville, MD, that I knew I was destined to try it. How or where I would have my first encounter would be purely unplanned.
As luck would have it, I was enjoying myself at a wine festival last Friday, and I was happy to see they were serving up their pies as part of the event.
In talking to people in the past, the great majority of them have sung the praises of their pizza. They’ve said how great the crust tastes. And that the overall flavor and presentation is distinct. Their toppings are homegrown which is always a plus. And they make their own sauce. Everything sounds amazing here. And in just the one year they’ve been operating, they have made a wonderful impression on a lot of pizza lovers. Sounds like a recipe for success.
However, to my surprise, I did not have the best of experiences. I can take what people tell me and use the information as a basis to form my own opinion. And maybe understand where they’re coming from. But in this instance something fell flat.
I do say this with a disclaimer, I got my pizza in the latter stages of the evening. I ordered the Megan’s, which looked really good on paper. I don’t think I’ve ever had squash on a pie, so I was really excited to try it.
To my disappointment, they were out of their Heirloom Tomatoes, as they told me this was the fastest selling pizza of the night. I can understand that and willing to try something else. The staff there suggested green peppers in place of that and I was ok with that.
It just did not come together well. I could see the tomatoes were a huge part of this one, and the flavor was missing. But, there were a couple of other things wrong. I didn’t taste much in the way of basil on half the pie. The garlic oil and mozzarella seemed non-existent. It just tasted very plain to me. However, the vegetables were great. I really liked the squash and the peppers were fresh but they did not fit in with this pizza at all. And I will not give them demerit points for offering a new topping to replace the tomatoes.
But I will question the $15 for this pie. I understand this being market price but I don’t see the justification in the cost, especially for not having all the ingredients as advertised.
The dough was tasty and the burnt parts really added something. A friend who was with me liked how certain parts were more charred than others, but agreed with me that the pie had been compromised. It was a serviceable yet mediocre creation. I think the soul was missing from here. And that’s just as important as anything else.
I like Neapolitan-style pizza so this made me sad.
I know it was towards the end of the evening, but this was disappointing. They also took a while to making my order by a few minutes longer than promised. I understand they were backed up, but I feel as if I hadn’t come back to check on my food, they may have forgotten about me. Heating it up at this temperature only takes a few minutes.
With all this being said, I will definitely try one of their za’s again. I have mainly heard positive things about their pies, so I was a bit surprised at my troubling experience. Their wood-fired oven looks impressive and I have posted pictures of the massive work of art. I’m not big on first impressions, and I expect my next pie to be nothing short of stellar.
For more on the wine festival I attended, where BricknFire was click here.
Thanks so much.