Downtown Brick Oven Pizza and Pub is part of the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. restaurant - the entrance is actually around the corner from the Market Street entrance to the Gas Light Co. restaurant and downstairs in the basement. The restaurant is exactly what the name suggests - pizza and pub!
Looking for a break from seafood we went in here and weren't disappointed. The menu is full of pizzas, calzones, salads, and other tasty things. We only tried the pizza (they have a bunch of pre-made styles or you can design your own) but it was really delicious and tasted just like it had come out of the brick oven. Service was good even on a busy Friday night.
The place gets very, very crowded on weekend nights, so either come early or (especially if you have a larger party) be prepared to wait. If you have a smaller party of 2 or 3 you're likely to get seated fairly quickly, but they've stashed some tables in some tight spaces around the bar and you may find yourself dining with the overflow at the bar! It was worth the food, though.
Tip: if you can't decide on what kind of pizza to get or you want to try multiple kinds but don't want to order 4 or 6 pizzas, they will let you order toppings by halves, even of the specialty kinds. This let us try a bunch of stuff without ending up with a ton of food.
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