Our Hungry Black Man Media team took a quick detour from our Chicago Foodie tour to check out Indianapolis after literally stumbling on The Missing Brick, a cool pizzeria with a unique concept – the pizzas are all co-created using ingredients from surrounding restaurants.
What a great decision that turned out to be. The Missing Brick and His Place Eatery are the reasons we added Indianapolis to our foodie tour. Both eateries were great entry points to the city’s Black food scene.(Click here for my review of His Place Eatery.)
With a Bohemian designed vibe, indoor and outdoor dining and an oversized walk-up window for ordering, The Missing Brick’s layout is reassuring for folks still adhering to social distancing or who just don’t like people. And their pizza is delicious.
I haven’t met anyone who dislikes pizza. Seriously. What’s there to dislike, unless you’re lactose intolerant, which I am. Even then, for the right pizza I’m willing to suffer for the pure joy of cheesy, buttery, crispy, doughy goodness. Add flavors like lasagna, seafood boils, and barbecue ribs to the pies and it gets even harder to say “no.”
The Missing Brick had me saying “yes,” starting with the OG, which came with pepperoni, bacon, spicy Italian, Italian sausage, ham, beef, mozzarella, and marinara sauce. The pizza could be expressed as a Neapolitan style with a Detroit vibe in its shape. The pizza was delicious and doesn’t truly have a lane – it’s a creation in and of itself.
Next up was the Jerk Chicken pizza, which I found a bit off balance, but I was in the minority. My nephew Jason and the camera crew loved it. I loved The Trap and the Smoking Chic pizzas.
Each pie is formed and then brushed with a unique “Trap Butter” sauce created by Chef Oya that gives the pizza a welcomed depth and flavor that interacts wonderfully with the other ingredients.
We had the privilege of meeting the owner, Mrs. Que Wimberly, who was super busy serving a huge audience of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members. She explained that the motivation for starting the pizzeria was to teach her sons the power of entrepreneurship and self-reliance. That alone had me wanting to spend my time and money.
The Missing Brick was comfortable with pleasant service and delicious pies. It’s definitely a must visit whenever I’m in town.
You can visit them at 6404 Rucker Rd., Suite 105, Indianapolis, IN 46220 or give them a call at (317) 257-7557.