Pizzas have been a soul-food for me since I was a little kid. The delicious combination of bread, marinara and cheese baked together to crispy yet soft perfection gets my heart every time I dig into it. So when I was invited by Billy Bricks Pizza at Oak Park to try out their fresh wood fired pizzas and even get a chance to make one I simply could not refuse!
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Billy Bricks Pizza is a lovely eatery located in Oak Park Chicago, right opposite the Scoville Park. Their first restaurant was started some 13 years ago in downtown Lombart and the Oak Par restaurant started in April, this place is now a hot spot for regulars who stop by for their pizzas, sandwiches and salads. This restaurant is also frequented by a lot of tourists who visit the beautiful Hemingway district. I was invited by their owner, Ric Gruber, to try out their pizza and also try my hand at their pizza – making class. I knew that I was in for a super fun experience. Apart from Oak Park, they also have 6 other branches in – Lombard downtown, Lombard Yorktown, Mount Prospect, Naperville, West Dundee and Wheaton.
Their pizza making class is conducted once a month on one of 7 their locations. This includes learning the pizza making process from scratch, learning how a pizza restaurant functions, what products & gadgets they use ( I love checking out those things 😛 ) and finally rolling your own pizza! One of their very talented Pizzaiolos is present there to train you and help you build your own pizza and in the end you can relax with a glass of wine/ beer/ soft drink and enjoy the pizza you freshly baked!
Here’s how we went about with the process of making our own pizzas!
We started off by learning to roll these dough balls. The dough is carefully prepared and stored by them and always scrutinized for freshness before they use it –
We were then taught how to perfectly roll these dough balls into a pizza base without using a rolling pin (which is real fun to do!)
We were then taught a bit about the toppings and which toppings go where and then we had to chose how to assort our pizzas using any of these toppings
And that’ s how our pizzas looked like before baking
Ric helped us with baking in this wood fired oven while we helped ourselves on the drinks and found a good spot to sit and enjoy the final product
And this was product of my 1 hour pizza making training 😀 I have never made a pizza before!
Apart from the whole pizza making experience, I also loved the fact that the restaurant is exceptionally clean, the management and staff care for it like family and they are very friendly. They are very swift yet efficient with their work and they do this with a smile :D. While the class was in session Ric and the staff there also ensured that the regular patrons at their restaurant were promptly served too!
Bricks Pizza also specializes in sandwiches and salads and these are particularly their week-day lunch time specials. I saw a sandwich being made from scratch (bread included) and now I can’t wait to try it out! Who doesn’t love freshly made breads anyways. They have also recently introduced skillet cookies in their menu which would make for a great dessert option.
Apart from their restaurants, Bricks Pizzas also have an awesome completely glass covered food truck called BRICKSONWHEELS which caters at various fests, locations and you can also call them over for a wedding 😀 (PS: if my wedding was in Chicago I would have definitely called them! 😉 ) Heres a link to all their upcoming events where you can catch live creating Pizza – magic! .
Overall, whether you decide to go for a pizza making class or just drop by for some great food, I would really suggest visiting Billy Bricks Wood Fired Pizza for indulging in some really good quality authentic Neapolitan Pizza, Salads and Sandwiches!