Lafayette does not have much in the way of independent pizza. Outside of local favorite Arni's, the pickings are slim. But, if you want a great pizza done right, get to Silvia's.
This style of pizza will likely be foreign to most locals. One size, cooked crisply with slightly blackened edges and spots. Bright, fresh tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. While I won't go so far as to say this is Neapolitan, it certainly is done in the theme. But, the flavors are spot on and the quality is, too.
The pizza - we ordered a Jimmy's favorite and a Carni. The Carni includes house-made Italian sausage, spicy capicola, and Genoa salami. It's also covered with more whole basil leaves than the plant has on your window sill. If you're a meat lover - this is your slice. Jimmy's is great for those looking for something without meat. Loads of pesto and caramelized onions.
The appetizers - we ordered the antipasto plate and the caprese salad. Nothing much to add about the caprese plate other than it had a nice selection of items - perfect for 2-3 people as a single pre-meal splurge. The caprese was very generous - large rounds of ripe, red tomatoes, matched only by the fresh mozzarella. Real balsamic vinegar sets this one off with another generous load of fresh basil.
Entrees - Spaghetti and meatballs, and stuffed peppers (from the appetizer menu). My father-in-law raved at the meatballs. A large bowl with three meatballs slightly smaller than tennis balls. The stuffed banana peppers were a hit with my wife. A bit small for an entree, but if you're sharing pizza, it's a good second plate.
Dessert - chocolate cake 2X and a canolli . Thick, rich - everything you want in a chocolate cake. The cannoli should properly be listed as the singular cannolo because one is served. The owner commented that the shells are imported. You can tell. They were crisp and the filling was just as I remember in Italy. Very, very good.
Our party of five's bill with tip was $118. That covered two appetizers, two pizzas, two entrees, three beers, three desserts, and a soda. That's quite reasonable for this quality.
If you're downtown for any reason and looking for a great, local restaurant, put Silvia's Brick Oven on the top of your to-do list.
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