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Flatbread Community Oven
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3139 S Bown Way. Boise, ID 83706
208-343-4177

Cheryl Rawden - Idahoeats contributing writer

Flatbread Community Oven is on the East Side of Boise in The Marketplace at Bown Crossing at 3139 South Bown Way. Once you pass the stacks of firewood at the entryway you can’t miss the colorful bins of gelato in the deli case or the giant brick oven at center stage, either. Flatbread presents a trendy atmosphere with mossy green walls, unusual light fixtures, stained concrete floors and a young wait staff.

Dine indoors or out. Inside there’s the entrance dining area that has a large concrete community table, several small tables along the windows, and a bar area facing the brick oven. (If acoustics are a concern seek outdoor seating.) Beyond this eating area is a larger dining room with several tables placed so close to one another they lack privacy, plus patrons are forced to weave in and out to visit the restrooms so be certain to request a booth farther back if possible. There’s a terrific outside patio lined with string lights, tangerine umbrellas, and several tables that encircle a big fire pit.

The menu consists of interesting appetizers such as Tuscan Lettuce Wraps (roasted rosemary chicken, pancetta, grapes, fontina cheese and herbs) and Baked Goat Cheese with Fire Roasted Tomatoes served with focaccia. There are tasty Flatbreads like the sundried tomato, artichoke and ricotta; and a portion of these sales goes to the Idaho Foodbank. Focaccia sandwiches, pasta and salads help round off the rather extensive Neapolitan pizza menu. For $4.95 a child’s meal of noodles, pizza or macaroni & cheese comes with a beverage and cookie. Dessert offerings are comprised of fruit crostata, gelato and cookies.

The “Pick Two” for $8.95 is the most popular. Diners can choose two items: any pizzetta, half a sandwich, half salad, macaroni & cheese or soup. It’s available daily from 11 to 4. We presumed Pick Two would be relatively quick as the small pizzetta shouldn’t take too much time cooking in a hot oven but from the time of arrival to food being served was over half an hour. Despite the unacceptable wait, the food was really quite good! The soup of the day was a roasted tomato soup and although delicious the portion did not come remotely close to filling the bowl half way. Of our mini pizzas, the best one was the Plucked & Peppered pizzetta with a delicious combination of chicken sausage, mozzarella, garlic, green peppers and caramelized onions. The Chicken Arugula Basil salad was interesting and flavorful yet lacked arugula. Our peanut butter cookie with crunchy chopped nuts was soft in the middle and tasted incredible.

A tabletop card listed happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. with $4 pizzettas, flatbreads, wine and beer.

Visit their web site to view their menu, http://www.flatbreadpizza.com/pizza.htm While you are at it sign up for their birthday mailing list to get special offers, too.

 

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