Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pizza à la Morris East

I first heard about how amazing Morris East’s wood-fire oven pizza almost two years ago. Though the restaurant has been around for awhile, I had never heard of it until a friend casually mentioned it to me while passing by on our way to another restaurant. I made a mental note to check it out as soon as I could but unfortunately, it took me almost 1 year and half to get there... even though they’re in my neighbourhood... and another 4 to write my blog post.

The décor in the restaurant has a very simplistic urban modern, art nouveau feel to it. Dark colours of browns and blacks mixed with bright reds and some greens. It’s extremely urban hipster-ish and maybe a little bit pretentious. I also found it very small with the tables almost too close together. The next table away from us was less than a foot away.... and I’m not exaggerating. It’s almost a good thing it was almost 1:45 pm in the afternoon and the table was vacant or else I feel I would have probably lost my mind... or at least been too busy eavesdropping to pay attention to my own tables conversations. 

But they did have REAL flowers on each table and behind the bar.
Pink Carnations

Though it is advertised on their website, I failed to notice that they serve brunch menu on Saturday from 11:30-2:30 (not 100% on the exact times).

Morris East specializes in what I like to call Designer Pizza... some call it Authentic Pizza.... aka not your College kid’s main diet staple Pizza. It’s cooked in a wood fired-oven and with the fresh ingredients. I’m pretty sure their menu is seasonal. Since I had already checked the lunch menu out online I knew exactly what I wanted, the Margherita Pizza. The main Pizza menu is served throughout brunch so I was pretty happy.

They give you the choice between whole wheat or white flour for your pizza crust. There are also a Gluten free options and additional topics for a few dollars more. Yay! Brownie points for choices

OMG, this picture makes me want Morris East Pizza right NOW!
The Pizza was incredible. I had only tried Margherita Pizza once before in Ottawa so I’m not on “expert” on designer Pizza tasting but..... I like food. It tasted like a bunch of amazingness in my mouth. It is served with their own Chili Oil which I was hesitant to use at first but it does make the pizza taste even more amazing if possible. It gives it that perfect little kick. 

The coffee was great too... pretty sure it was Just Us Coffee.... No I’m certain it was because I discovered that one of the great thing about Morris East is that it lists its suppliers online. So you if you’re wondering where their ingredients came from you can just check it out. They also sell a variety of their own products like pizza dough, the Chili Oil and sauces under their take out menu

All in all, I’d probably go back but I wouldn’t be a regular. I’d like to go back and try something else on the menu as well. They do have weekday specials and some of their desserts sound amazing. I feel like their dining room is too crowded and hipster for me. Then again, that is just my own personal taste. I’d have to be in the right mood to eat-in but I would definitely do take-out in a heartbeat.


  1. I wasn't really sure what Morris East was all about until now. Sounds yummy and real flowers are always a bonus. A well-written and genuine review.

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    1. Thanks! There is more reviews on the way... of different Restaurants of course.. :0