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Foodie File: Urban Brick offers much more than pizza

A toast to taste — Frequent customers Laura Roth, left, and her co-worker and friend David Ball join Rosemarie Morelli in a toast at Morelli’s restaurant, Urban Brick, in Downtown DeLand. Roth is clerk of court for Volusia County; her office in the courthouse is just a few blocks away.

A toast to taste — Frequent customers Laura Roth, left, and her co-worker and friend David Ball join Rosemarie Morelli in a toast at Morelli’s restaurant, Urban Brick, in Downtown DeLand. Roth is clerk of court for Volusia County; her office in the courthouse is just a few blocks away.

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Urban Brick head server Bonnie Tyler shows the restaurant’s Sweet and Salty pizza, one of the eatery’s pizzetta (small pizza) offerings.

Urban Brick head server Bonnie Tyler shows the restaurant’s Sweet and Salty pizza, one of the eatery’s pizzetta (small pizza) offerings.

Some mouthwatering, explosive flavor combinations await you at Urban Brick, on the restaurant-rich strip of Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand.

Moseying down the Boulevard, I opened the door into a rustic, comfortable dining establishment and was greeted by smiles like I was part of the family.

Owner Rosemarie Morelli opened this artisanal Italian scratch kitchen in March 2016 with the mission to bring you authentic, delicious, freshly made creations that you will find only at Urban Brick.

For my first course, I chose Baked Pretzel Baguettes accompanied by a smoked-Gouda-bacon queso and spicy Nutella dipping sauce. The sweet and salty flavor combination was phenomenal; I wanted more with each bite.

Rosemarie is Italian; her grandparents were born in Palermo, Sicily. She has a hospitality background. In her parents’ Italian restaurant, Sardi’s, in Mequon, Wisconsin, she was a hostess, worked in salad prep, and was a server.

  1. Rosemarie’s own restaurant in DeLand, she and sought-out chef consultant Enzo Paparella created a deliciously different, fresh-ingredient Italian menu that soars way above just pizza.

“We use only the finest ingredients, such as our San Marzano tomatoes, prosciutto, artichokes, and olive oil, all imported from Italy,” Rosemarie said. “We also source all our herbs and produce locally for our menu, guaranteeing freshness.”

You will find fresh soups of the day, along with locally sourced flavor-packed salads, rich and delicious pastas, and artisanal pizzettas.

All the food I tried had layers of flavor you just can’t get at most restaurants for the fair prices at Urban Brick.

My second course was a signature dish, Fiocchi Alla Pera, including handmade pasta with pear and four cheeses. This “beggar’s purse” (pasta wrapped and twisted around the stuffing) was tossed in a light lemon cream sauce topped with toasted pistachios.

I spoke with Urban Brick regulars Laura E. Roth, Volusia County clerk of court, and her co-worker and friend David Ball.

“I love the variety, delicious low-carb options, and handmade appeal Urban Brick offers,” Roth said.

Ball agreed and added, “Their house-made soups of the day are always amazing, and their hormone- and antibiotic-free fresh wings on Thursday and Friday are the best.”

The wings are served while supplies last.

Urban Brick head server Bonnie Tyler was very knowledgeable about the menu and guided me to try the house favorite, Sweet and Salty Pizzetta, a perfectly sized pie featuring Gorgonzola cheese, grande mozzarella, red onion, candied fig, fresh parsley, pecorino Romano, garlic and unfiltered olive oil, finished with prosciutto. Heaven.

“We believe in a family-and-teamwork-style staff and restaurant,” Rosemarie said, adding, “Without the help and dedication of our staff, including general manager Patrick Pierscinski, servers, and hardworking back-of-house, this wonderful establishment couldn’t exist.”

The service was exemplary, and the restaurant reflects that Rosemarie’s passion is food, family and health.

“Everyone that walks in these doors is like family, and that’s how they will be treated,” she said.

To accompany the meal, Urban Brick offers a nice selection of local craft bottled beers, wines by the glass and bottle, and, most notably, an espresso bar. You can enjoy some cannoli doughnuts with a house-made cappuccino, espresso, or even a caffè macchiato.

- Ryan Rougeux, info@beacononlinenews.com


URBAN BRICK FOODIE FILE

Cuisine: Gourmet Italian

Prices*: $$

Location: 112 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand

Hours: 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Closed Tuesday.

Our bill for two meals, , including appetizers and drinks: $56.45

*$ $1 to $10

$$ $11 to $20

$$$ $21 to $30

$$$$ $31 or higher


Seating options: Indoor and outside on the covered patio

Types of service: Table service, or order takeout at the counter

Kid-friendly: Yes

Pet-friendly: Pets OK on outdoor patio

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