Flipside has been open for several weeks now, and I finally got to stop in this weekend. It's on Maine Street, in a small storefront that used to house 111Maine, a brunch restaurant I never visited. The space is pretty minimal and unpretentious: a few high tables, some wooden counters, a counter, a great big pizza oven. This is a neighborhood pizza joint that shares the burgeoning local foods ethos with El Camino (same owner), Frontier Cafe, Back Street Bistro, and Athena (and a bunch of others), and a welcome addition to the neighborhood it is. Here's a link to a story in the Bowdoin paper about them: http://orient.bowdoin.edu/orient/arti...
The menu, written on chalkboards, has three sizes of pizza: 12, 16, and 18 inches. Slices are also available, which absolutely made my day -- you can pick up a nice slice on Maine St. in Brunswick!!!! I can't remember the full lists, but the special combinations offered included, on the night I was there (and please forgive me if I forget a few components in each composition - there were a lot): sauteed spinach and roasted mushroom; buttercup squash, local greens and pancetta; beet, sweet potato, and blue cheese; shaved fennel, arugula pesto, radicchio and sausage; a few other specials that included chicken; plus a list of individual toppings including those local greens, roasted onions, most of the standard veggies. I noticed the list of meat toppings included whole clams. As befits a place with local food cred, there is a list of credits naming all the suppliers of veggies and meats. The only beverages available are locally produced soft drinks from Maine Root and Lemon Sting (a honey-lemon soda made in Brunswick). I didn't ask if they plan on offering beer, but if they did, that would be a nice addition.
The pizza? Nice. Very nice. We got half peppers & mushrooms, half arugula-fennel-radicchio-sausage. The crust was crisp, thinnish, but sturdy enough to hold up the judiciously applied toppings. The one criticism I might have is that the combinations each seemed to have one more ingredient than they needed. In mine, the radicchio kind of got lost, and was very subtle background to the gamy cured sausage. I also would've liked slightly more sauce, but that might've compromised the really excellent texture and structure of the pie. To get a really good sense of the elemental pizza they make, next time I'd get one with just plain cheese. And another one with toppings. And maybe one more, just because.
But the upshot is: Go there! Eat pizza! Yay, Flipside!
111 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011