As Raleigh continues to grow and evolve over the years, I’ve found myself traveling further out from the downtown areas to find good eats which is wonderful proof of the vibrancy of our food scene. And a great excuse for me to go explore new neighborhoods in the Triangle! One business that hit my social radar screen was Brookside Market and Pizza. Located a bit north of the Oakwood and Person Street corridor, I really don’t spend much time in the hood. But let’s face it, they have “Pizza” in their name so you know eventually I was going to get pulled in. Because I will travel ANY-where for good pizza. Here’s how my first visits to Brookside Market and Pizza turned out!
Located in an odd little plaza off of Brookside Drive, this area is primarily residential outside of this spiffy little retail center. Housing an apartment building, Raleigh Tattoo and the Produce Project, Brookside Market holds a premium spot on the corner showcasing a lovely finished patio and Ice Cold Beer mural. Hmm, I wonder what else they’re selling here besides, pizza? Step inside Brookside Market and Pizza and you’ll find yourself in a long, cavernous space replete with shelves and shelves of beer bottles. Lots of bottled beers and beers on ice to choose from along with a decent wine section. And at the far end you’ll find a beer bar along with their pizzeria area, a very interesting and different layout.
But what pulled me into Brookside Market and Pizza is the eats! They offer a handful of pizza by the slice, full pies along with a small selection of sandwiches and calzones. Over my handful of visits, I can tell you that they are doing an excellent Italian thin-crust pizza with very good ingredients. The “Piggy” topped with pepperoni, sausage, ham and roast pork can get a bit soggy but is delicious! A big thumbs-up for their Sicilian slice and its thick but soft crust, I love how they add the basil leaf on top for color and added flavor, a nice touch.
And the sandwiches come on Amoroso rolls, a hoagie roll brought in from the Philadelphia area. Light and crusty, it makes a great foil for cheesesteak sandwiches as seen here, it’s $13 served with a side of chips. Of course to wash all this delicious food down, you can grab a great craft beer at the bar. Brookside Market and Pizza is super casual, order at the register, bus your own soft drink and then the food is brought to your table/number. Note that they’ve also got some great, umbrella-covered, patio seating out front.
So thank you Brookside Market & Pizza for your patience! After months of social media reminders I finally made the effort to get in and it was worth it! Excellent thin-crust pizza in a casual setting. The closest comparison I have is Hutchins Garage out in Durham but this option is far more casual and retail which is still fine with me. If you live in the hood, it’s hard to go wrong with a quick bite and slice here at Brookside Market & Pizza, dee-lish!
1000 Brookside Drive #119
Raleigh, NC 27604