It’s been nearly five years since I last ate at Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria. Since then, new owners have taken over. With the change, I wanted to revisit the brick oven pizzeria to see if it had improved. My friends over at the food blog, Just Try It, joined me to check it out.
2441 N Maize Rd, Wichita, KS 67205
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
When it comes to pizzerias, I’m always intrigued by their setup. Here’s where the magic is made at Avivo.
When we arrived, they were doing a photo shoot of their pizzas.
The owner walked over to our table and asked if we were interested in trying one of the pizzas they made for the shoot. We aren’t ones to turn down food so we obliged.
He gave us a Salciccia which was olive oil, Italian sausage, roma tomatoes, caramelized onions, and mozzarella. The roma tomatoes and caramelized onions really made this pizza for me. It gave the pizza a very sweet yet tangy aftertaste. We all agreed the pizza had a sweeter taste to it which we didn’t mind. In fact, the pizza really grew on me and I think I ate most of it. Did I feel bad? Nope.
We then ordered their Bacon Portabello mushroom and the Pesto Portabello mushroom. While we enjoyed both, the bacon was the favorite because, can you ever go wrong with bacon?
For my main entree, I had the Avivo which was old world pepperoni, Italian sausage, banana peppers, red onions, pizza sauce and mozzarella. I’m a big fan of old world pepperoni and think they might have given me the wrong type of pepperoni. I’m used to the type that shrinks when cooked to give it a crunchier texture. What I received appeared to be the larger classic pepperoni that most people are accustomed to. Aside from that, I enjoyed the mixture of toppings on the pizza. The pizza sauce was a little light for my liking; I would have preferred something with a bit more punch. Some sauces usually have a thicker texture with a lingering oregano flavor or a tangy and acidic quality to it. Avivo’s needed something to it. I did though enjoy the crispy edges of the crust that still had some doughiness to it once you bit in.
We all enjoyed the appetizers and our server did an outstanding job throughout our lunch. The pizza that was given to us just happened to be my favorite of the two. Aside from the Avivo, I enjoyed everything else I had which was a stark improvement from my last visit there.
Here’s the menu but note I’m told a new menu is in the works:
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