The Brickery is the pizza part of Café Beaujolais’, a complex of restaurants in the artsy town of Mendocino. On the street is Café Beaujolais, a fine dining option open for dinner and in front of the Brickery is The Waiting Room which is a coffee and pastry shop till dinner time when it becomes a lounge. It is a bit confusing at first but we followed the path between the buildings and found ourselves in a lovely garden area furnished with an assortment of tables and a window to place your order. The daily menu and specials are written on chalkboards that hang on either side of the order window. Inside you can see the fired brick oven where the pizza is cooked. They also sell beer and wine along with offering a free jug of iced water. After you order you get a buzzer that makes a noise when you can walk back to the other window and pick up your pie. It is a truly lovely spot with good pizza. You can visit the Waiting Room up near the street if you need a bathroom break.
We had two pies. We tried the Margherita that comes with better mozzarella and a red sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes. The pizza has a thin crust and a really puffy edge made from tasty dough. The sauce was well flavored and there was plenty of cheese. I would have enjoyed a bit more basil, as it was really tasty. Overall it was a well balanced and good pizza and you couldn’t find a nicer place to sit and eat it.
The Spicy Salami pie also contained green olives, capers, red onions, cremini mushrooms, mozzarella, Calabrian chile and a San Marzano tomato sauce. This pizza had a bit less sauce and cheese but lots more ingredients. The salami was good but I wouldn’t call it spicy. The mushrooms were nice and the crust was great. Different from the other, the two made for a wonderful lunch.