What goes better with a cold craft beer than pizza? Nothing. We’re not talking big chain pizza, but those smothered in garden-fresh produce and local cheese, baked in a brick oven or wood-fired. That’s the good stuff, and here’s where you can get that perfect Virginia match-up.
Mouth-watering pizza where Virginia craft beer is made?! Yep. That’s the sitch at these two breweries.
BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY RESTAURANT | AFTON
Looking for a gluten-free pie? You can get it at Blue Mountain. Both their gluten-free and their Blue Mountain pizza dough are hand-crafted, and the toppings are sourced from neighbors down the road. The Bratwurst with Apples and Onions is quite famous around the Virginia Tourism office. It features Double H Farm bratwurst (those neighbors I mentioned), carmelized onions, local apples, mozzarella, fresh marinara, and balsamic reduction. You have to try it to appreciate it. It’s love on crust. Ask your server for a Blue Mountain brew to pair with it, or perhaps try another Virginia craft beer or cider.
MAD FOX BREWING CO. | FALLS CHURCH
Mad Fox’s pizzas include locally sourced produce, meats, and cheeses. Try The Mad Brewer, but be sure to ask Bill, Bruce, or Max (aka “The Mad Brewers”) for their recommendation for a beer that will take the bite out of it. A Sriracha garlic puree only gets hotter has chili flakes and jalapeños are added to the roasted pork belly, parsley, aged mozzarella, and red onion. The taps rotate Mad Fox’s home-brewed selection, as well as “guest beers” and cider.
Other awesome places to get the good stuff:
BELLA LUNA WOOD-FIRED PIZZA | HARRISONBURG
A 900° wood-fired oven gives these specialty pies a Neapolitan feel while the four-ingredient handmade dough and delicious artisinal ingredients deliver a taste of Virginia. Sheandoah Valley-raised produce, meats, and cheeses are delivered daily to craft 10″ delights like the house fennel sausage pizza, the Virginia prosciutto and arugula pizza, and the Ring of Fire II, featuring amFOG mushrooms and spicy house-made hot sauce. Try the brand new Foxy Roxy with your pizza. It’s a hometown craft beer collaboration between Pale Fire and Brothers Craft Brewing.
CROZET PIZZA | CROZET
The daily-made Crozet pizza dough is the main staple and has been for more than 40 years. Handcrafted with love, each pie includes fresh delights from the area as well as the family’s special tomato sauce. Not a tomato sauce fan? Try the Harvest Moon, a white pizza with squash, roasted fresh garlic, and Virginia peanuts. Delish! Visit to see what’s on tap that will pair perfectly with your pie. Safe bet: there’s a Charlottesville original and a few Nelson County neighbors.
HARVEST TABLE | MEADOWVIEW
The mission at Harvest Table is to truly, honestly use the ingredients that are seasonally available in order to benefit the health of the community and the land. You’d be impressed to see their commitment. But about those pizzas … they’re baked in a stone oven and feature regionally available pepperoni from Hickory Nut Gap (NC), Kenny’s Farmhouse cheese (KY), Edwards Surryano ham (VA), and of course, fresh veggies from the Harvest Table garden. There’s “local” to drink, too. Wolf Hills, Blue Mountain, Parkway, and St. George are the craft beer selections, and several Virginia wines are available, too.
WATERSTONE FIRE ROASTED PIZZA | LYNCHBURG
WaterStone features the beer of Jefferson Street Brewery (their upstairs neighbor), as well as a robust rotation of other Virginia craft brews, like Three Notch’d, O’Connor, Lickinghole Creek, Blue Mountain, Starr Hill, and Parkway. As for that fire roasted pizza, there is a gluten-free dough option. The menu is a tried-and-true take with Four Cheese, Margherita, a veggie, BBQ Chicken, etc., and you’re welcome to mix-and-match to create your own pie.
RUSTICO | ARLINGTON
Honest and rustic are the ways of Rustico, turning out wood-fired pizzs topped with as many local, organic ingredients as possible. Give the Ratatouille pizza a look. It features herb and garlic roasted squash, arugula and eggplant salad, and parmesan on a san marzano sauce and topped with red wine vinaigrette. Looking for a gluten-free option? Ask for the chickpea crust! Pair it up with the latest flavor from AleWerks, Hardywood, or Adroit Theory.
MONZA | MANASSAS
What goes with beer and pizza? Football. Monza has several big screen TVs to lure you in for an indulgence without missing the big game. More than 100 craft beers are available (mostly Virginia, but Monza shares well with others). Choose your favorite and pair it up with something meaty like the Meathead. It’s loaded with meatballs, prosciutto, pepperoni, sausage, and spicy marinara.
PIZZERIA ORSO | FALLS CHURCH
Traditional Neapolitan pizza is bubbled to perfection in a mere 90 seconds thanks to an 800° volcanic brick oven. It’s so good that Pizzeria Orso has been included repeatedly on numerous “Best of” lists. While some ingredients are imported and true to Neapolitan style pizza, plenty more are locally and regionally sourced. Available Virginia craft beers include Lost Rhino, Blue Mountain, Devils Backbone, and Port City.
VENTURE KITCHEN & BAR | HAMPTON
A Coastal Virginia Magazine Readers’ Choice winner this year, Venture serves an interesting line up of pizzas baked in their brick-lined oven, from the Beet-za (roasted beet, fresh basil, roasted garlic, tomato sauce, mozzarella, goat cheese, and fresh arugula) to the Hampton Hawaiian (tomato sauce, fresh pineapple, Edwards Virginia country ham, lump crab, and mozzarella. Virginia craft beers include St. George, Wild Wolf, Bold Rock Cider, Legend, and Hardywood Park.
STUZZI | RICHMOND
When it comes to Neapolitan pizza, not everyone can claim it. There’s a certification process, and Stuzzi aced the test. Led by executive chef Clemenza Caserta, who competed in season 10 of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen and co-hosts “‘Chewing the Fat’ with Big & Beefy” with chef Rob Burmeister, Stuzzi’s pizza menu is decidedly authentic. Trendy, I know. For a taste of something authentically Virginia, give the White Clam a try. As you might guess, it’s a white pizza (no tomato sauce) with Chesapeake clams, garlic, chili flakes, basil, and parsley. Choose from a variety of Virginia craft beers to make it a perfect pizza night.
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LAMPO NEAPOLITAN PIZZA | CHARLOTTESVILLE
Lampo’s wood-fired pizza is so good (a contender in this year’s Best of C-Ville awards) that the evening rush often depletes the dough supply for later diners. Make a beeline for a Funghi pie featuring Sharondale Farms’ pioppini and oyster mushrooms along with garlic, panna, ager provolone, and Grana Padano. Need a little meat instead? The Abruzzo is topped with Timbercreek Organics’ pork and beef meatballs, fiore di latte, san marzano, pecorino, and basil. Either would go great with a Champion craft beer or Potter’s Craft cider.
Head to the lower level of Black Bear to find a haven of rustic awesomeness. A brick oven is the crown, and your delicious pie is the jewel. Try the Capra Rosso. It starts with the Brick Sauce and is topped with pepperoni, peppadews, bacon, garden-fresh spinach, and goat cheese. Virginia craft beer choices include Devils Backbone, Legend, Lost Rhino, Starr Hill, Brothers Craft, and Wild Wolf.
FIRE WORKS WOOD FIRED PIZZA | LEESBURG
“The best creations possible from the best ingredients available” is the mantra at Fire Works. Twelve taps and 80 bottled varieties give you plenty of pairing options for the signature pizza lineup. Virginia regulars are Hardywood, AleWerks, Blue Mountain, Old Ox, Wild Wolf, Devils Backbone, and Ocelot. Try The Smokey Blue, which features Mt. Jackson-raised bacon from Baker’s Farm along with organic tomato sauce, house blend cheese, Gorgonzola, wood-roasted onions, rosemary, and Balsamic glaze.
DOGTOWN ROADHOUSE | FLOYD
Hip and happenin’ Floyd is known for its thriving music scene, but Dogtown Roadhouse is putting them on the map for food as well. A 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, Dogtown delivers on the standards: service and quality, but then they take it over the top with incredible live music and insanely good wood-fired pizza. Try the Paisan. It’s crafted with local sausage, carmelized onions, and a house cheese blend. A healthy variety of Virginia craft beer is available alongside the usual domestics and imports.
RIVERMONT PIZZA | LYNCHBURG
Check out the seasonal pizza selection at Rivermont and the ever-present housemade mozzarella. The pies are wood-fired and the craft beer selection is on point. Expect to see Port City, Alewerks, Devils Backbone, Apocalypse, and Hardywood, among others. Rivermont is also an exciting place for live music.
© Casey for Virginia’s Travel Blog, 2015. |