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Aug 4, 2014 10:31 AM

Brigade Pizza is officially open

I've been walking by it on my lunch hour for the last week and the one day they're open I've got a belly full of ramen. Prices look reasonable. Has anyone tried it out yet?

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  1. What kind of damage to your budget is reasonable?

    1. interest was piqued, so i visited yesterday. they are still working on ironing out the kink.

      food: Pizza (start at 7.95) + basic Panini + basic salad

      overall, it's napolitan pizza, for downtown, it's decent pizza but it is a far cry from the other napolitean-like pizza available ( magniafoco, bottega or pizzeria napolitana): undercooked crust, bland tomatoes ( and over sauced), but the good news is these details definetly can be easily improved.

      Overall...good for a meal downtown, but better pizza places exists.

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      1. re: illusion

        Thanks for your review. How long does it take for one pizza to cook(about 90 seconds)? So the crust is not dark in some places(since you said it was undercooked)?

        1. re: illusion

          I went this afternoon for lunch. Definitely ironing out some kinks, as you say. There is a lot of staff but there seemed to be a lot of crossover in roles and a lot of confusion in general. Everyone seems genuinely enthusiastic to be involved in this right now though.

          It's good for downtown lunch pizza but it's not going to rival the other pizzerias you mentioned. There's a great selection of toppings and the quality is reasonable for the price. It was pretty busy but I was still in and out in less than a lunch hour without feeling rushed.

          Some other issues worth mentioning:

          They have a lot of "free" additions like infused oils, oregano, chili flakes etc. but they're available in a crowded area near the cash register and pizza pick-up area, making them virtually inaccessible. This is also where all the cutlery and napkins are. NOTHING is provided on the tables.

          There is no coffee/espresso. Maybe it's just me, but not being able to have coffee at lunch in an Italian restaurant is blasphemy.

          Here's a picture of my pizza. Marinara ($5.99) + ricotta ($1) and meatballs ($1.50). They gave me arugula for free because they were out of rapini.

          1. re: afoodyear

            Is the chicken roasted in the Wood Burning pizza oven available daily(that's what I was reading)? Is it good?

            1. re: BLM

              It's entirely possible their meats are roasted in that oven. I imagine they would be. I didn't even notice chicken on the menu though, to be perfectly honest :)

              1. re: afoodyear

                It's posted(picture) & mentioned on their Facebook page.

                1. re: BLM

                  I didn't see chicken as a meal on the menu, i saw it as a pizza ingredients and on salads.

                  As for the Pizza itself, went for a prosciutto and arugula pizza, good taste, crust could have been cooked a bit more, no problem of over saucing since the base is a white pizza.

                  Some hickups at service, as mentionned previously, the area with oils/spices/cutlery is somewhat messy, the food runner brought my pizza before they could put the proscuitto and arugula on it issue quickly resolved by one of the owner, who mentionned they are doing tune-ups at this point.

                2. re: afoodyear

                  I still can't find their phone number anywhere. Last I checked with them, they don't have a phone at Brigade Pizza.

                    1. re: kpzoo

                      Yes, they have now added their phone number on their Facebook page.

          2. Thanks for the heads up. While we're at it, Pannizza is opening August 12th. I think I can manage to eat two pizzas this week ;) For science.

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            1. re: denpanosekai

              That's tomorrow! I hope to hear a report back soon :)

              1. re: afoodyear

                Had Brigade and it was above expectations. Unlike previous commenters I found the crust to be perfectly cooked, and I happen to like extra saucy. The meat lovers was delicious!

                Although the pizza cooks rapidly, the major bottleneck was that only one of the 6 employees on hand could toss the pizza dough. We were not exactly in a hurry but this issue does need to be resolved. The other guys and girls just stood there awkwardly while the dough was being prepared.

                Either way. Going back for sure, but Pannizza's this weekend.

                1. re: afoodyear

                  Science, part 2.

                  As I suspected, Pannizza is actually Pizza U part 2, right down to the same oven and condiment counter which was on Mackay street last summer. Much better location though! They are currently running an opening deal of 5$ for any classic pizza.

                  We were pretty satisfied, except for the fact that "for here" still gets you a cardboard box instead of a plate, and they only provide disposable utensils. Invest in a dishwasher and think about the environment, guys...

                  As for comparisons to Brigade Pizza, they end at "enthusiastic staff" and "ready in 5 minutes". Pannizza has a lot going for it, it's above average by any means, but Brigade's pizza is a lot more authentic.

                    1. re: denpanosekai

                      I gave Pannizza a try for lunch today, ordered a pepperoni pizza and was truly disgusted.

                      Awful, acrid, canned-paste "Italian tomato" sauce, a layer of enough smoked pepperoni slices to cover the entire pie, layered _underneath_ the fake shredded "mozzarella", which is tossed with your selected toppings before being mounded onto the pizza, then topped with even more pepperoni slices. This is all assembled onto a thick, unattractive disk of bread and fed into a conveyor oven. After two minutes, the hot mess is sliced and shoved into a cardboard box, even if you have specified you're eating in. I'm afraid I have nothing good to say about the meal; the ingredients simply don't taste good. On my pizza, the lower layer of meat created a slippery buffer, causing everything above it to slide off the pizza when I picked up each slice.

                      Definitely won't go back. I can recommend pizza Navona (next door to Pannizza) for serviceable pizza.

                      Also tried a margherita at Brigade last week, and was truly impressed, though I agree with earlier comments about the service there. My girlfriend and I sat down as the sole customers eating in (mind you, were there for a mid-afternoon meal), and watched a circus of about 20 employees as we ate, only two of which seemed to be actually doing anything! Let me say again, though, the pizza was very, very, very, good by Montreal standards, and the prices are reasonable. Once they obtain a liquor license, and as long as the prices don't increase too much, I can see myself eating there frequently.

                      1. re: amageddian

                        Thanks for the review....that is what I thought... I walked by pannizza a few days ago and it looked like fast food pizza hut quality so I didnt bother even going inside.

                2. If you want to try them out (or are already a fan), next Tuesday is your chance. Free 12" pizza + pop if you like their facebook page:

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                  1. re: Shattered

                    Quick reminder that free pizza is today 5-8pm. Alas, I will probably miss it myself due to working late.

                  2. Anyone also tried Pizza 900no? (1248 av Bernard). I've been to the opening and I must admit it's excellent and very authentic Neapolitan. A must try!!