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You Gotta Eat: Brienzo’s Wood Fired Pizza

PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill. (WEEK) — If jalapenos and spinach sound like authentic pizza toppings to you, don’t move.

As I take you to a special place in Peoria Heights for this week’s You Gotta Eat.

Before I entered the doors of Brienzo’s Wood Fired Pizza, I was impressed with outside look of the building. But boy, oh boy…the inside was just as impressive.

A wood fire stove is the restaurant’s center piece.

“This is a Kuma Forno made oven that was imported over here as well. In fact, it came with two Italian guys who actually installed it,” said Brienzo’s co-owner Knute Landry. “The oven is designed for temperature control efficiency and actually gives us the Italian, neopolitian flavor pizza that Brienzo’s in known for.”

And the customers love it!

We caught up with two first-time customers who couldn’t say enough good things about the food here.

“Fantastic! I’d come here again in a heartbeat,” said Diana Martin. She told me about the pizza she chose.

“It has all kinds of meat on it. Bacon, pepperoni, ham. Excellent, excellent, the bacon is great. It’s an applewood bacon, yeah, very good,” she said.

Angie McCloud, another first-time customer told me what she chose to eat.

“I just did the traditional marinara with the mozzarella, provolone and then I did black olives, mushrooms and the Italian sausage,” said McCloud.

Landry, who is the co-owner of Brienzo’s along with his wife, says he got the idea of going into the pizza business from his grandmother.

He says her suggestion sparked a flame in him and now…what you see is what you get! Wood fired pizzas and a whole lot more.

“We have a variety of appetizers, we have salads, we have of course our gourmet pizzas, and we actually have Italian gelato,” said Landry.

New to the menu is the recently added wood fired beer cheese breadsticks and wood fired chicken wings.

I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering just looking at this.

When it was my turn, I chose to build my own pizza, with double cheese, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, spinach and jalapenos. The cheese wouldn’t stop melting from my pizza slice.

And the cost for all of this deliciousness? $16.31.

“Next time you’re in Peoria Heights, you gotta come to Brienzo’s Wood Fired Pizza because You Gotta Eat.vv

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