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Brick Oven Pizza

Ask just about any Kauai resident where to find the best pizza, and you’ll probably hear, ‘Brick Oven.’ We agree!

This family-owned operation on the south shore in Kalaheo has been one of our most popular stops. And we’re not alone, for tourists, as well as local families, have made Brick Oven a favorite for years. The cheerful dining room has red­checked tablecloths and murals of pizza serendipity — a pizza shaped like the island of Kauai, for example, with "Garlic Grotto," "Mushroom Valley," "Grand Pizza Canyon," and "Port Anchovy." Friendliness is in the air.

But good as all this is, the pizza is even better, as fine as you’ll discover anywhere. The homemade dough—either white or whole wheat—is delicious, crunchy without being dry and with a fluted crust like a pie, shiny with garlic butter. The sauce, in the words of the teenage judges, has "awesome spice, cooked just right." There is lots of cheese, the Italian sausage is made right in the kitchen, and tomatoes are red, juicy and fresh.

Portions are generous and quality unbeatable. A family size (15 inch) starts at $18.35, but you may be tempted to try one of the outrageous special creations described on the menu, like the ‘super.’
Or consider a delicious sandwich on fresh baked roll, or a salad ($3 to $6). You can wash it all down with ice cold beer ($4.75 for 1/2 pitcher) or soda ($3.15/ pitcher). A nice touch — the ice comes in the glasses, not in the pitcher.

Kids will love to watch the dough spin into pizza during that hard, hungry time of waiting, especially at peak hours when it’s jammed.

At Brick Oven, you’ll find a smile and pleasant word for short persons no matter how cranky. When one child spilled coke, our waitress not only wiped her dry but brought her a new glass filled to the very brim! Each child can ask for a ball of pizza dough, which feels so good in the hands that it usually manages to stay out of the hair—all the way home

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