As I write this, I’m watching the Ugly Delicious (Netflix) episode featuring pizza. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend it, as they go over the different types of pizzas and how it has evolved over the years in America. They also visit Naples and talk about the origins of Neapolitan pizza.
What is Neapolitan pizza? After re-watching this Ugly Delicious episode and visiting the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana website, I have learned that it’s roundish with a raised crust, soft, chewy, and fragrant. The dough is made of water, salt, yeast, and flour. Toppings include tomato, mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil. It tends to have more sauce than cheese, making it “wetter” and a little softer. It’s cooked in a high temperature oven for a short period of time.
The Neapolitan pizza is what’s featured at Brick Fire Tavern in Kaimukī. A friend and I went to check it out for dinner this past week, and we enjoyed the Neapolitan style pizzas.
I ordered the Veggie Monster which was topped with San Marzano Besciamella (red sauce), roasted garlic, red onion, mushroom medley, basil, arugula, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and olive oil. It was delicious, but I did have to get used to the “wet” and somewhat “floppy” nature of the slices. It’s the kind of slice that you fold in half to eat, as it won’t stay flat and firm. I’m a fan of tasty tomato sauce more so than cheese, so this ratio of sauce to cheese actually worked for me, once I mastered the slice fold.
My friend ordered the Special Pizza, which was topped with red sauce, pancetta, olives, artichoke, mushroom, and mozzarella. She enjoyed her pizza and really liked the toppings.
We finished our meals with gelato for dessert. It was a delicious sweet treat.
With a clean and well-space interior, the tables and restaurant were comfortable and inviting. Reservations were easily made online and parking was located in the back of the building. You can also opt to park on the street.
I would love to go back and try another pizza or one of their pasta dishes. Have you been to Brick Fire Tavern before? What did you get? Let me know in the comments. If you are looking for more eateries located in Kaimukī, check out our O’ahu Restaurant Guide. Mahalo for reading!
- Brick Fire Tavern
- 3447 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816
- casual vibes
- parking lot in back
- great attentive service