The hungryDUO team has been eyeing a pizza joint in Fayetteville, WV for quite some time now. We’ve heard lots of rumors on how this local hotspot might just be the best of its kind in this part of the country. So without further ado, we would like to share our visit to Pies and Pints Pizzeria with the rest of you.
First Impression: We were greeted with a busy dinner service, a packed lobby waiting to get in and an infectious smell that defined heaven. Right at that very moment, we knew it was going to be a delicious night. Our initial thoughts of having to wait an eternity to be seated were proven wrong. The service was fast – amazingly fast. We were seated within five minutes of wait time by the host who was polite and all smiles. With a casual dress code, the ambiance was family friendly and unpretentious.
Food: For starters, a sample of Fayetteville’s very own Bridge Brew Works’
Lager and Pale Ale. While we thought that the Lager fell short of our standards, the Pale Ale knocked our socks off. Brewed just in time for the hot summer months ahead, it was overall a well-balanced American pale ale. With hints of citrus and a great hoppy nose, the upfront bitterness concludes somewhat sweet and wheat-like – a perfect combo to a hot summer day or an order of the Pork & Pepper Nachos that was out-of-this-world delicious. A crispy bed of multi-colored nachos smothered and piled high with marinated pulled pork, seasoned black beans, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, salsa, scallions & chipotle crema? What’s not to love? Not soggy. Just fresh and simply to die for!
The appetizer serving was enough for a group of four hearty eaters, so we decided to pace ourselves and move on to the next course, the most important part of our visit — the Pies. With their appetizing spread of handcrafted flatbreads, it was really hard to choose. From the classic pepperoni and sausage to their pesto to the Thai-inspired pie, our server Kate informed us that a half and half may be prepared upon request. It made life a lot easier. The pick: 1/2 Mozzarella Caprese and 1/2 Cuban Pork.
The crust was fluffy and chewy inside but with just the right texture and crisp on the outside. The roasted garlic-infused olive oil was evident, but was not overpowering. The toppings were fresh and divine. The Mozzarella Caprese Pie was generously sprinkled with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil & a balsamic reduction that’s fragrant and simply exquisite. The Cuban Pork Pie featured the most tender, savory, porky goodness on any pizza dough this side of the Appalachia. We mean business when it comes to our pork almost Anthony Bourdain-like. Pies & Pints most definitely honored and cooked their pork to perfection.
In addition to the Pale Ale, we also paired the pies with Ayinger Bräu-Weisse, a German hefeweizen with a 5.10% ABV. The yeasty taste that most hefes possess balanced well with the pies. The hints of citrus, banana, and clove washed our palates fresh after every bite and left us craving for more. We loved it so much that we couldn’t help but let everyone we know taste these delectable and gratifying creations. We got half and half of the Eggplant & Red Pepper with the Mushroom Garlic and a large of the Cuban Pork Pie to go. Yes, it was that serious.
The Service: Exceptional. Fayetteville location assistant manager Stacey stopped by our table to personally welcome us and check in on our food. We even got tweet follow-ups from owner Kim, who made sure our visit was a pleasant one. From start to finish, we were treated with superb customer service. A rare occurrence in most places nowadays.
The Verdict: Pies and Pints Pizzeria serves the best gourmet pizza and an impressive collection of craft brews in two locations: Fayetteville, West Virginia and Charleston, West Virginia. Owners Kim Shingledecker and David Bailey have done an amazing job in maintaining both locations at the top of their class. We encourage all of you to pay them a visit and pamper yourselves to a great dining experience with family, friends, and/or that special someone.
Also, be on the look out for the September issue of Food Network Magazine as they crown the best slices in each state. The Grape Pie from Pies & Pints has been named the best in West Virginia. With that, we must holler ‘Get Some!’