Monday, 22 April 2013

Bread Heads

16 Duke Street East
Kitchener, ON

In her opinion:
This place has been on my radar for some time. I have seen it on the Urbanspoon's "Talk of the Town" list a few times and have even attempted to visit on a Saturday...before it was open on Saturdays. I finally organized a small foodie crawl for the Duke Street area in order to try a couple of places. 

This is a very small family run restaurant. They don't even have a phone number. There are probably 5 seats in the whole place. But none of this is important. The most important thing is the food...specifically the pizza. 

We ordered two of their pizzas as it was almost closing time and they had run out of bread for melts and sandwiches. I am kind of glad that they had run out since it allowed us to try two of their amazing pizzas.

We ordered two of their pizzas as I said...Breadheadigan and the Quattro Formaggi.  The Breadheadigan is described on the chalkboard menu as "pesto, fresh cherry tomatoes, Monforte Fresco cheese, balsamic reduction and fresh Parmesan". The Quattro Formaggi is described as "olive oil, mozzarella, asiago, ricotta, fresh Parmesan and white truffle oil."

These lovelies don't take long to make at all. But the flavours are outstanding. The Breadheadigan is absolutely delicious. The pesto and cherry tomatoes work extremely well together. The balsamic reduction is the piece de resistence tying everything together perfectly. Just an exceptional pizza.

The Quattro Formaggi was unbelievably good. My definite favourite of the two. These four cheeses are a perfect union of flavours resulting in a refined and delectable pizza. Just amazing!

I definitely want to return. Bread Heads is a little treasure with a beautiful Italian wood fire oven, an ingenious chef and a lovely family creating delicious pizza in the Neapolitan tradition. I do believe that they have indeed succeeded in giving pizza some dignity back!!!

In his opinion:
Stepping into this little gem you would think you are somewhere in Provence, France or in Cinque Terre in Italy, that's the feeling it portraits. Small, cozy and with a great lively feel. It gives you such a welcoming feeling despite the limited seating available for the customers.

This is not much of an issue as a good portion of the customers will order to go but for those that do stay, the opportunity to sit side by side, chat a little and enjoy their great food together is a definite plus. This place is a cross between a bakery/patisserie, a pizza place and cafe, all rolled up into one and delivering on all of them.

The menu boasts 6 choices of gourmet pizzas, 3 different melts, 4 types of sandwiches and there is a tray of fresh baked goods at hand's reach to entice the sweet tooth in all of us. The coffee station sits near the seating area, inviting you to make it as you like it. The pizzas are prepared and made, right in front of you in a brick oven and in record time as well, as fresh as it gets.

Since this was late in the day, we ordered pizzas only as they had run out of buns for the sandwiches. Sometimes those strange circumstances lead you to try more of one thing and in this case it was entirely true and a definite plus. We ordered the Quattro Fromaggi pizza and the Breadheadigan pizza. Let's start with the Breadheading pizza which had fresh parmesan covering a bed of fresh cherry tomatoes, balsamic reduction and Monforte Fresco cheese. This pizza was great in flavour and texture. The thin slightly crunchy crust is perfect for the Italian minimalist topping style of the pizza.

Quattro Fromaggi Pizza

The Quattro Fromaggi pizza was out of this world...easily in top 5 pizza's I have ever had. The combination of the 4 cheeses is perfect and they all give you something different, from texture to flavour and all the way to finish. It features Asiago, Fresh Parmesan, Mozzarella and Ricotta with topping like olive oil and white truffle oil...seriously? Yes, very serious and extremely tasty.

The Good: Great artisanal Pizzas and sandwiches, brick oven makes the difference and great service form the family ran restaurant.
The Bad: Limited seating and running out of bread early means pizza is only selection available. Also only 1 of the pizzas has meat (meatatarian drawback).
The Verdict: A true gem that seems to go unnoticed by many. The pizza is truly amazing and doubles as a coffee shop as well. I will certainly be back soon to try the sandwiches and melts and if they are anything like the pizzas, this can become a regular spot for me.

I give 3 1/2 out of 5 Olives as rating  

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