Not to go brag but I consider myself a bit of an expert when it comes to eating pie. I have eaten many a slice in my day and today I had the urge for a nice thin piece. Of course I'm talking pizza. Brick oven, thin crust and crispy. And one of the better brick oven pizza's I have had was found at Bonobo's. A little of the beaten path on the corner of Pine Street in Portland's west end, we arrived at about 11:45 am and it actually looked closed. However when the bartender heard the door she quickly came out from around the corner and offered us a seat. The food here is all natural and nitrate free as is the overall ambiance. The decor here is eclectic, a little old and worn but with a little old corner store charm. It was also very cold so dress warm during these cold Maine winter days. The smell of a word burning fireplace in the dead of winter brought back memories of childhood. For a starter Simone had to warm up with French Onion soup. It arrived to the table fresh out of the oven and still simmering. After letting it cool for a few minutes she dug in. The melted cheese on top was stringy and creamy, and the soup itself was onioney (yes that's a word) sweet and rich. Topped with large chunks of crispy bread this did the trick and hit the spot. Up next was the star of the show, pizza. For our choice we went with the relatively healthy sounding Gruyere pizza. A very good light and crispy charred crust arrived topped with garlicky butter, sauteed leeks, diced proscuttio, baby spinach, Gruyere and Parmesan cheese and purple potatoes. The flavors worked great. The toppings were fresh, not to salty and just the right amount of garlic. My only wish is that the potatoes had been sliced thinner and cooked crispier as they were a little mushy. However this was a small detail and overall this was a pretty solid choice. Because it was thin crust we had no trouble finishing the thirteen inch pie. If you are looking for a good brick oven pizza and are trying to avoid the often jam packed Flatbread Company then I suggest you give this a try. It is equal to and arguably a better choice. Four stars.
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