Brother’s Pizza – The Best Good-Vibes, Cheap Eats Pizza Place in Peterborough. By Melchior Dudley

Brother’s Pizza is Peterborough’s newest pizza-and-burgers joint, and features fresh ingredients and homemade recipes all at incredible prices (such as their walk-in special of a medium pizza for $6.99!). They also sell eclectic items like deep-fried cheese curds and lattice fries, and offer delicious vegetarian-friendly pizza and burgers.

Bright smiles and family recipes aren’t the only secret ingredients: stove ovens allow pizzas to bake at the ideal cooking temperature for a longer time than the rotator ovens used in many fast-food pizza restaurants. Pictured: Faheem, left, and Aziza, right. In the pizza business for over 10 years, the family behind Brother’s Pizza — Faheem and Fardos Mohammadzada, with recipes from their mother, Aziza — are rocking Peterborough’s restaurant scene.

Brother’s Pizza mixes golden-oldie and modern restaurant styles to create a fun dining atmosphere. With closing hours that range from 11 p.m. on weekdays to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Brother’s Pizza also appeals to the late-night crowds in search of cheap eats. And speaking of cheap eats, Brother’s Pizza offers a 15% discount for all students (Trent, Fleming, Toronto, Harvard — it doesn’t matter). I had the Brother’s Pizza walk-in special of a medium one-topping pizza ($6.99). The crust was perfect — crispy on the crust and bottom but soft and fluffy against the sauce and cheese. The cheese was stringy but definitely not greasy, which was good, since my excitement for pizza in previous restaurants has been curbed by the pools of oil I saw on the slices.

Manger-a-trois, the Frankenpizza: this pie is divided into two-quarters dedicated to broccoli, onions, tomatoes, and black olives, a quarter to peppers, green olives, and mushrooms, and a final quarter topped with pepperoni, ground beef, and bacon crumble.

I ordered grilled zucchini as my topping, and even though it was a risky choice to get zucchini on a pizza, I was pleasantly surprised. The veggie was grilled to perfection, the taste was refreshing, and I will definitely order it again.

Fun fact: Brother’s Pizza actually sells more veggie-topped pizza slices than slices with meat topping.

Best of all, even though I had the whole medium pizza to myself (hey, it’s been a dream of mine since childhood), I felt great afterwards — which is about as rare as spotting Lady Gaga riding a stegosaurus down Water Street. The best part of my dining experience, though, was learning that Brother’s Pizza has a philosophy of brotherhood to all people — the brothers give extra slices leftover at closing time to the homeless population of Peterborough. I always knew pizza would bring people together, and I hope that the family behind this pizza parlour enjoy all the success they deserve.

Bon appetit!

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