Monday, January 19, 2015

Brixx Pizza in West Hills in Knoxville, Tennessee

This article about Brixx Pizza in the West Hills community of Knoxville, Tennessee first appeared in fall 2011 on the Yahoo Contributor Network.

Have you been to Brixx Pizza yet in Knoxville, Tennessee? It's on Kingston Pike, in West Hills across from the old K-mart shopping center. There's a car wash right next door which will help you spot the restaurant. This link will help you find it.

There are two main reasons why I like Brixx Pizza in West Hills. Not only is the food good, but there the outdoor dining area on the front of the restaurant is a good place to relax and watch the traffic go by. It's an asset that many restaurants don't have.

My daughter and I decided to meet up there for lunch. My hope was to sit outdoors but the rain prevented that. Instead, we were seated near the bar. It was a little noisy but we could maintain conversation without too much difficulty.

Wood fired pizza is the name of the game at this West Hills restaurant but that's not the only item on the menu. It was my daughter's first visit to Brixx. Deciding took her a few minutes. Salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes and soups are also on the menu. The server made suggestions and didn't mind giving her a few minutes. You can peruse the menu online.

Our appetizer choice was the Wood Fired Pita Chips and Three Dips for $5.95. Although I couldn't taste it, the pita points were supposed to be dusted in cumin. Each of the ice cream scoop sized balls of hummus were tasty. I enjoyed the black bean, while my daughter enjoyed the roasted red pepper. Traditional garlic hummus was also on the plate. At Brixx Pizza in West Hills, Knoxville these are all served on the same plate instead of individual dishes.

The black bean hummus was flavorful but traditional is always my favorite. My daughter enjoyed the roasted red pepper. Each of these had a firm flavor that was appealing. It's definitely an appetizer that we'll try again.

All of the pizzas at Brixx Pizza are wood fired and 10 inches in size. Most, but not all, are made with mozzarella cheese. Crust choices are traditional or whole wheat. A gluten-free crust is available for a $2.00 upcharge.

Our choice was a customized Bronx Bomber at $10.95. It had a knock-your-socks-off kind of taste. At Brixx Pizza in West Hills it normally comes with Italian sausage, proscuitto, gorgonzola cheese and tomato sauce. Fresh oregano leaves are sprinkled on top of everything.

For our Bronx Bomber we substituted old fashioned mozzarella cheese instead of the gorgonzola and asked them to take it easy on the fresh oregano. This resulted in a flavor explosion that we enjoyed.

The spicy Italian sausage worked well with the prosciutto. Tomato sauces can be oversweet. Although this sauce did have light sweetness, it too blended well with spiciness of the meats.

One of the best parts of the Brixx Pizza is the crust. The pizza didn't fold but it had a crunchy edge without being chewy. At 10 inches, it is a little large for one person but not quite enough for two people. Sharing the pizza in conjunction with the appetizer worked out perfectly for us.

Our total bill was $18.50 for the appetizer, pizza and two waters. Overall, we were pleased with our visit to the Brixx Pizza in West Hills.

Brixx Pizza in West Hills, Knoxville is good for couples on a date, meeting friends and families. Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday nights from 4:00 to 7:00. For directions and more visit them online at www.brixxpizza.com.