Anyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE pizza. I love ‘fancy’ pizza, brick oven pizza, traditional pizza and yea… basic bitch Ellio’s pizza. Just give me all of the pizza, please. Being from Argentina, I can tell you that some of the best pizza is in Buenos Aires. I blame my homeland for my obsession with pizza, because as a child it was a Saturday night staple.
I’m always scouring New Jersey for all types of pizza, trying to find what I feel is the best. While pizza can be so simple, with plain sauce and cheese, it can also be complex depending on the toppings or dough. Pizza is really the best meal because you can easily customize it to your needs.
In any case, a few Saturday nights ago, I was shopping in Edgewater with my daughter. Being so close to Union City, I thought it was the best time for us to try BrickXDough. It’s located on the corner of Palisade Avenue and 48th Street near the Union City – Weehawken border.
The spot is small and quaint and happens to be the first brick oven pizzeria of it’s kind. The décor is simple black and white. The menu is short and sweet, with your traditional pepperoni and margherita. There are also some specialty pies that get rotated in. There are a handful of “snacks” to choose from and two specialty sandwiches.
The easy choice was ordering the margarita (conveniently named in Spanish) and then we couldn’t resist in getting the four cheese. I opted to add caramelized onions, and prosciutto, to the four cheese just to get that slight sweet with salty vibe. Jason, the owner, sits at the counter and makes the pizza right in front of you. We chatted a bit, as he cooked our pies, in a pizza oven he designed himself.
I was curious why he chose Union City for his pizza place, since the area is traditionally all Latinos, and you’re more bound to find Latin food than pizza. He wanted to open his restaurant in an “up and coming” location that wasn’t overly saturated. He feels it’s a solid area and is looking forward to growing his clientele.
Our pizzas where finally placed on the table and they were so pretty, I almost couldn’t rip off the first slice. Almost! The margarita is classic with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil – all locally sourced. The sauce had a nice tang to it, to let you know it was fresh tomatoes. The four cheese… I have no words to describe the nirvana feeling I got from eating this pizza. It was an explosion of flavor in my mouth. The cheeses, ricotta, prosciutto all blended perfectly and the sweetness of the caramelized onions put it over the top. My mouth had an orgasm. I’m not lying when I say this is one of the BEST pizzas I’ve ever had. If I wouldn’t have felt like a porker, I would have ordered another to bring home (I had my eye on the foraged feast, which is mushrooms four ways, lemon and ricotta).
The pizzas are about 12” in diameter. With the added toppings, on the four cheese, we couldn’t finish both, so we did bring some home. The average pizza price is $14 (with the most expensive being “el carne”), so for two pizzas our bill was $26. Considering the taste and ingredients, it seems reasonable to even a thrifty girl like me.
My plan is to fast for a week and plant myself there for a day and try every pizza – so if you need me that’s where you’ll find me. At this time, BrickXDough doesn’t offer delivery, but you can swing by and pick up one of their delicious pies … just be prepared to inhale it on the ride home.