Despite the insistence from those in the know that Brickhouse Cafe was a hidden gem, I kept thinking it was probably just an overrated red sauce kitchen. I stand corrected. Now I understand why it has such dedicated regulars ranging from foodies to people who eat out only once every few months. Yes, the dishes are Italian staples -- parmagiana dishes, arincin, antipasto, frutti di mare, etc. -- but alive with flavors, very fresh, and exceptionally well-prepared. It's a place you're excited to take friends, particularly because its nondescript facade is so deceiving. Our service (both times since we've added it to our repetoire) has been attentive and friendly. The various boxing memorabilia on the walls (from the owners days as a professional boxer) give the place a very personal touch.