By Kari Condel
Looking for a new place to eat different from the DeSales University Center? Look no further than The Brick, located in the heart of downtown Bethlehem with its customers and their specialties at the forefront. This type of experience gives its patrons something different and exciting each time they visit.
“The name is derived from both its signature brick oven, wood-fired pizza and its location inside one of the largest brick buildings in the city,” owner Vito Spinelli said.
The Brick is an Italian-themed, family owned and operated restaurant featuring its brick ovens, cozy dim lighting and homey interior decor to bring a little piece of the charming culture of Italy to your table. This 85-seat eatery was opened on April 21, 2014 and has grown with regard to its reputation, offerings and customer base in the few short years that it has been up and running.
This establishment serves alcohol for the over 21 crowd and features a high-top granite bar with dim lights hanging overhead. The Brick Bar offers a rotating selection of 16 draft beers, accompanied by craft bottled beers and cans. It also features seasonal craft cocktails and an extensive wine collection. Both drink and food can be enjoyed, weather permitting, on their outdoor-seating patio.
The Brick’s menu is extensive and ever-growing, offering the typical Italian selections, highlighting their pizza and pasta. One of their many unique features includes the wide array of toppings that can be included on your specialty pizza. The list of garnishes ranges from pepperoni to pulled pork and pasta to accommodate all pallets. The menu also offers more familiar dishes along the line of burgers and other American-style dishes with their own twist.
“We have listened to our customers and have created popular dishes around their interests since they are always changing,” Spinelli said. He later added, “Our popular dishes started with the pulled pork pizza and the Muscle Head sandwich but are always changing.”
Still hungry after the main course? The Brick’s dessert selection is just as, if not more, attractive to the taste buds. The dessert menu is vast and changes, as it is presented by the server slightly different each time. Fan favorites include the cheesecake, topped with whipped cream and drizzled chocolate, and the cannoli.
As if the food didn’t offer enough of a reason to venture to this restaurant, the atmosphere is one that cannot be beat. The friendly people and affordable prices seal the deal on this heart-warming dining experience. Another feature for customers to get their money’s worth is the live entertainment on a few select Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months. This casual dining place entertains its guests with small, local bands in its line-up. The Brick is also a participant in all downtown festivals including the Celtic Festival and Musikfest, and it holds many special events that can be found on their Facebook page.
So if you are looking to spice up your eating one afternoon or evening, give The Brick a try for an experience that will be remembered. The Brick is located at 1 W Broad St. Ste 100, Bethlehem, PA 18018 in the former Bank of America building and is open for both lunch and dinner on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-12 a.m.