By Hope S. Philbrick
Everyone will tell you that they know where to get good pizza. So when I arrived in Fayetteville, West Virginia just in time for dinner—my first overnight stop on my first visit to the state, shortly after attempting the Bridge Walk—I wasn’t really surprised that the first several people I met suggested I eat at a local pizzeria. It was surprising that there was consensus on which establishment it should be: Pies & Pints. And that everyone who told me about the place seemed genuinely surprised that I’d never heard of it before: “But it’s famous!” one guy insisted. “It’s even franchising into Ohio,” said someone else. “It’s fantastic,” said everyone in town who talked to me.
Clearly, an investigation was in order.
The exterior of the restaurant—which currently boasts five locations (three in West Virginia; two in Ohio; the Fayetteville location is the original, I was told—is less inviting than the interior, which is colorful, well-lit and humming with happy diners.
All pizzas are hand stretched and baked directly on a stone hearth. Specialty pies all start with a blend of mozzarella and provolone on housemade dough brushed with roasted garlic olive oil. Then the magic happens.
Sure, you can get a pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms same as what you might order anywhere, but you’d be missing the point. Pizzas here are artistic creations. Thai pie is topped with shrimp, toasted coconut, curry sauce, fresh cilantro and basil. Black bean pie is topped with spicy black beans, cheddar, jalapeños, salsa, cilantro and crème fraîche. There’s also Mediterranean shrimp, steak and mushroom, chipotle chicken, chicken gouda, Cuban pork and many more options.
Trust the maestro who came up with the dazzling flavor combinations, even if they sound crazy like the signature grape pie, which is topped with red grapes, gorgonzola and fresh rosemary. It may sound weird, but one bite will persuade you of its genius.
Beer is pizza’s ideal mate and the range of options ensures there’s something to quench your palate. To toast your good fortune in having discovered Pies & Pints, raise a pint of the local Bridge Brew Works. Cheers!
Pies & Pints is a restaurant you’ll hope expands to your home community soon.
Surprised a small town spawned such a tasty, innovative restaurant concept? Fayetteville WV may be small, but it’s far from the middle of nowhere: Located near the New River Gorge, it draws thousands of visitors each year to its outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining and more. There’s also Civil War history, live theater, three historic districts, fishing, galleries, boutique shops and more. It’s been crowned “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel. Click VisitFayettevilleWV.com to learn more.
Pies & Pints Pizzeria
219 W. Maple Ave.
Fayetteville WV 25840
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