New Brick Oven Bistro opens on Cleveland Road in Sandusky

A new restaurant has opened on the corner of Cleveland road and Sycamore line. Funcoast stopped by to check it out and snag some photos.
Ariel Shuey
Apr 1, 2013

It all started with two friends sitting down and talking one day. “We have been friends for a very long time,” Lynn Middleswarth, co-owner of the Brick Oven Bistro, said of he and his friend, George Sortino.

Then one day their conversation led to action. “The building became available so we thought we would give it a shot,” explained Middleswarth. Their shot began on Thursday, March 21 when the Brick Oven Bistro opened its doors officially to anyone seeking a different kind of pizza.

Want to go?
: Brick Oven Bistro
WHERE: 1012 Cleveland Road, Sandusky
WHEN: Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. -9 p.m. Friday-Sunday:11 a.m. -10 p.m.
INFO: 419-624-1400

The Funcoast team stopped by today to get a taste and some photos. Check out our exclusive gallery of the food and the restaurant, HERE.

Brick Oven Bistro prides itself in their brick oven which can be heated up to seven hundred degrees. “It can get pretty hot,” Middleswarth said. The oven is made out of apple wood, cherry wood and hickory.

“Our pizza is more of a Neapolitan pizza, a true Italian pizza, with great taste and thin crust,” said Middleswarth. “When you eat our pizza you taste the flavor of the wood, the oven, the ingredients, it’s all a part of the taste.” The pizzas come in two sizes, personal and large, which are about 9” and 12”, respectively.

When you walk in, you truly feel you are not in a pizza restaurant, in the doorway are live plants and decorations that remind you of a pizza bistro found in New York City. “Casual dining” is the term Middleswarth used to describe the atmosphere they hope to be able to maintain.

Those with young ones in the family need not shy away from the brick oven goodness. “We do have a kids menu,” said Middleswarth, “and we do have a liquor license.”

The brick oven is open to the restaurant so you can watch your pizza cooking. “When you are eating you can see the pizza cooking and how everything is made,” said Middleswarth.

Walk ins, take out and reservations are all possible at the Bistro.

For more information you can check out their Facebook page HERE or call 419-624-1400.


Raoul Duke

Looks good!


Will alway give a new place a try.


Checked it out for lunch and was excited since i love brick oven pizza...what a disappointment. By far the worst pizza i have ever eaten. Sandwiches on the other hand were just average.