When the fearless leader of my book club suggested the group meet for a Thursday night out in Woodstock, we all replied with a resounding,"Yes". Especially when pizza and pasta were proposed – who doesn’t like a good carbo loading before the weekend? We chose Pi Brick Oven Trattoria to get our fix.
This was my first time out in Woodstock, so I wasn’t sure about parking. Not a problem! At 6pm, not many people were out (I blame the single-digit temps) and I easily found a spot on the street across from the restaurant.
I walked in to find a big space with lots of seating, and immediately noticed a warm atmosphere, white linens, and candles on tables. I sat down at our table for seven located in a nook near the door, (but still out of the way of passersby). Our table’s server welcomed me as the first to arrive and filled water glasses, passed menus, and set a wine list in the center. After a minute, she asked if I’d like a drink while I waited, and I responded asking for a light red wine recommendation. She kindly excused herself to consult with a bartender, then came back with a glass of the Underwood Pinot Noir. Not extremely light, but still yummy.
The rest of my group started to show, and an appetizer of Antipasta was ordered. Very colorful! Chopped eggplant, Italian pepperoncini, artichokes, green and black olives, cherry tomatoes, and salami. We added a Ceasar salad for the table, which was also tasty (chopped romaine with a light Ceasar dressing), but I wouldn’t recommend as a group salad, as it’s fairly small and probably best for one or two people.
Our main event, pizza, arrived timely! A Rustic (with sweet Italian sausage from The Village Butcher) was set in front of me; two other pies, a Margherita and an Arugula (a white pie), were also presented to the table. The sight was enough to quiet us for a moment as we began to exchange plates and slices. Molto buona! The pizzas’ crusts were nicely thin, and the brick oven flavor complemented the perfectly portioned toppings. Our appetites were satiated immediately.
This restaurant was the perfect spot for a group outing on a weeknight. Whether it was because it was never jam-packed with people or the thoughtful acoustics, we could hear ourselves without raising voices. The food was good, and the ambiance was very nice…pleasantly surprising for a pizzeria.
Pi Brick Oven Trattoria is open 5—9pm Monday—Thursday, and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Along with its extensive wine list, it has a full bar. The 16” gourmet pizzas and pasta dishes range between $17—$22. For menus and additional information, visit http://www.brickovenpi.com/