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Flatbread Community Oven Restaurant Review 9.0

June 29, 2008

Flatbread

Flatbread Community Oven opened a couple weeks ago in Bend.   Rob, one of the co-owners, started flatbread in Boise, Idaho about 2 years ago.  “Pizza” does not do this justice.  The Ingredients are not your typical little caesars variety but more of a delicatessen pizza pie prepared by a gourmet.  Ingredients such as onions & portobello mushrooms are grilled, tomatoes are fire roasted and the flatbreads or pizza pies are prepared in a wood fired oven.   We have been twice this weekend plus we plan to go back again for $5 happy hour personal pizzas (Mon-Fri 4-6pm)

Flatbread Community Oven is in The Shops @ Old Mill, very well hidden right on the river.   As you walk in you are quickly struck with the modern flare of the interior, the comfort of the firewood stacked up for the oven & the temptation of the gelato beautifully displayed.  We were quickly greeted by friendly staff & seated.  We chose to sit @ the bar to watch the preparation.   Kyle immediately asked how we were doing but never missed a beat with preparing his pizzas.   Kyle was a dishwasher when Flatbread opened in Idaho, he worked his way up.

The only item I will not order again is the Asparagus Proscuitto, it was very good, just not even close in flavor to the other items on this menu.

14″ Pizza Pies about $13

Roasted Chicken & Portobello: Roasted Chicken, Herbed Portobello, Fire Roasted Tomatoes, Fontina, Garlic, Pesto.

Maple-Fennel Sausage: Caramelized Onions, FCO Formaggio

Asparagus Prosciutto: Fontina, Roasted Red Pepper FCO Formaggio

Blanco Magnifico: Roasted Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, Olive Oil, Fresh Garlic, Caramelized Onion, Proscuitto

Capicola, Sausage & Salami: Casciappo Bros Italian Sausage, Capicola, Salami, FCO Formaggio, Pamadoro

Focaccia Sandwiches about $9
Caprese di Parma: Proscuitto, Fresh Whole Milk Mozzarella, Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Basil with Pesto and Honey-Balsamic on Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

Fontina Fonduta $?
This is gluten free but I don’t recall the price. Suzi had this as a gluten free salad item and really enjoyed it. I did not have a bite so I can not say personally but it looked delicious.

95g of gelato about $2.5
Coffee
Peanut Butter
Watermelon

Each time Grace had the same focaccia sandwich, it was great.   Scott & I split a pizza each time, perfect amount if you are not starving.   I couldn’t decide which pie I liked best, they were both amazing, each so unique with flavors that blend so well.   The gelato was all so good, I think I liked Grace’s watermelon best.   Scott wanted more coffee.

Since this is my first rating, I am probably ranking it lower than I should but I don’t want to start out with a perfect 10.   There is probably room for improvement but I can’t think of anything I would do right now.

Rating based on 1-10, 10 is best:
Quality of food: 9
Taste, flavor & texture of food: 9
Service: 10
Atmosphere: 9
Value: 8

375 Powerhouse Dr, Bend, Oregon
Bend, Oregon Restaurant
541-728-0600
N 44° 2.840′ W 121° 18.963′ (about)
http://www.flatbreadpizza.com

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Introduction

June 29, 2008

My name is Jennifer, my husband is Scott & our daughter is Grace. I am not an expert, simply an average (opinionated) person who has been eating my entire life, just like everyone else. We didn’t eat out much before moving to Bend, there was not much of a selection & eating out was only for special occasions. Now we have plenty of occasions; Sunday, Monday, Tuesday…

There are a few things that we simply need for survival; food, water, oxygen, sleep, friends & family. Sometimes I eat out & feel like I am simply surviving & choking down the food. Other times I have an amazing experience made up of a combination of food quality, service, atmosphere, architecture & company. Instead of emailing everyone I know each time I go out, I will post here.

I have always had very specific cravings & try to follow them. If I don’t eat what I am craving, I typically will eat too much of whatever is in front of me.

Over the years my taste has evolved but there are still a few things I don’t like & will not be ordering; raw onions, cooked carrots or raw green bell peppers (any other color is good though). I have a thing about tomatoes; I am not crazy about tomato juices or sauces but I like a fresh ripe tomato or good bloody mary (spicy & thick enough you can chew) and I love sun dried tomatoes. I have some other food quirks too, I will share those as I think of them.

Cheers!