Hanover: Ramunto’s Brick n Brew Pizzeria

The skinny: It’s been great connecting with pizza fans all over the Granite State through this website, as well as discovering new parts of our adopted home state. To go a step further, we thought we would try to reach out to some of New Hampshire’s most well-known residents.

Ramunto's Hanover NH garlic knot pizzaA few weeks ago, we tweeted best-selling author Jodi Picoult to see if she had a suggestion for A Slice of New Hampshire — and the next day, she sent a message back to us:
Jodi Picoult Hanover NH author

We were so excited to hear from her that we went up to her choice, Ramunto’s, that weekend. The pizza shop is right off the main downtown area in a nice bright building with some great outdoor seating.

Ramunto’s offers two styles of pizza: traditional New York style and wood-fired pizza.

On the traditional side, you can get an 8-inch personal, 14-inch small or 16-inch large, as well as a Sicilian ($6.25/$11.95/$12.95/$14.95, respectively). Regular toppings start at $1.99, and gourmet toppings are $3.75 each — these include items such as gorgonzola, eggplant or buffalo chicken. Specialty pizzas include the S.T.R. ($18.99/$19.99/$19.99 Sicilian), topped with spinach, tomato and ricotta, and the Mangaire Mangaire ($18.99/$19.99/$19.99 Sicilian), covered with meatballs, bacon, onions, ricotta and mozzarella.

Then there’s the wood-fired pizza, 12-inch, thin-crust pies. There are plenty of fun, specialty pies to choose from. There’s the Chicken de Sole ($8.25), with tomato sauce, mozzarella, grilled chicken, sun-dried tomato and capers; the Lani Shrimp Brick ($9.25), covered in shrimp with broccoli, pineapple and teriyaki; and the Prosciutto Fungi ($9.25), topped with ham, mozzarella and mushrooms.

Calzones and plenty of slices are also available. In fact, the folks behind the counter said the bulk of their drop-in business is for slices.

Review: Picoult wasn’t the only one to recommend Ramunto’s to us. Twitter follower @jlabove also mentioned that it has the best pizza in town, and even suggested a specific pizza to us: the Famous Garlic Knot Pizza, or as @jlabove referred to it, “halitosis heaven.” We love specialty pies that aren’t always centered around the toppings, so we ordered a large version of it ($17.99) — it also comes covered in fresh tomato and basil.

Yet the word “covered” is best reserved for the garlic on the crust. WHOA! There were so many visible, small pieces of garlic on it that hours later, we could still taste it. Deidre is a big garlic fan, so she didn’t mind it, but Andrew was taking some of it off his slice. He also decided to eat the garlic knots first, then move on to the rest of the pizza — an idea we highly recommend.

Andrew was a bit relieved by the thick slices of tomato, which were  juicy and flavorful and helped provide a bit of a break from all that garlic.

We also must mention that this was a heavy pizza. We stopped by Ramunto’s on a beautiful weekend for a nice lunch outing, but we feel like this pizza would be a little better in cooler weather, to warm up with some comfort food one night.

Andrew thought the pizza had most of what he looks for in a cold slice (soft dough, lots of flavor), but thought it may have collapsed under the weight of its own awesomeness. It was just a bit soggy (not greasy, though) and the garlic had really taken over. And it was just so very filling, that for the first time, he couldn’t finish his two slices of cold pizza. Congrats, Famous Garlic Knot Pizza: You won.

Rating: Deidre: 4.5 / Andrew: 4 = 8.5/10 slices

Ramunto’s Brick n Brew Pizzeria
9 E. South St., Hanover
643-9500, www.ramuntospizza.com

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