**Update: Maui Brick Oven has CLOSED.
School got the better of me after I ventured out to Hawai‘’s first ever 100 percent gluten free restaurant, that’s why it has taken me a while to write this up. But, now I have a moment, so, here you go!
Introducing, Maui Brick Oven. Hawai‘i’s first 100 percent gluten free restaurant. You may be wondering if Brick Oven means pizza. Yes, yes it does. It means ridiculously good pizza. It means ultra thin and crispy pizza. Just look at that crust!
I can’t do tomato sauce now, so it was perfect that they had a pesto based pizza called The Mediterranean. It had pesto, olives, goat cheese, and onions (which I probably shouldn’t have eaten, but I did. I felt fine after eating them). Devin had pepperoncini on his half. They come with it, but I had to skip them because of the spiciness. I bet they paired well with the rest of the ingredients.Oh, and Devin had to note that the olives didn’t taste like crappy canned olives. The flavors were very well balanced, and I loved the level of salt. It really was perfect. Not too little, not licking a salt block, but just right. I’m glad I also opted for the goat cheese instead of regular mozzarella. It seemed to go with the theme, and it’s easier on my stomach than cow dairy. I will say it would be nice if they had a dairy free cheese available. Something like Teese, or Daiya.
The server was friendly, and the hostess/one of the owners was a very kind woman. Oh, and how geeky awesome is it that they are using an iPad as a POS? Super awesome. The kitchen is small, and you can see right into it when you come into the dining room. Those guys back there know what they’re doing. They were very busy, so I didn’t get to ask them any questions, but maybe someday I can sit down with them and get an interview. That would be awesome.
Oh, and by the way, they have fish and chips and macaroni and cheese amongst many other delicious looking options. Don’t skip the brownie for dessert. Crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside. Don’t skip it. Seriously. You’ll kick yourself.
I keep looking for another excuse to go to Kihei soon (which might just be to eat here again). That’s where they’re located. Right in the Long’s shopping plaza on South Kihei Rd. Believe it or not, they took over an old Domino’s location. How’s that for irony?
As for prices, a 12 inch pizza will run you from 15 dollars to 19 for their signature pizzas. A 16 inch of their signature runs from 19 to 23 dollars. There’s also a create your own pizza option. These aren’t bad prices when you compare them to other gluten free pizza options on the island (and where you run the risk of cross contamination). The dining room is small, but cute, and filled up rapidly when we were there. Everyone seemed very satisfied. We were, and we will be again!
Maui Brick Oven
1215 S. Kihei Rd.
Please note: I did not receive anything for doing this review.