The Re-Emergence Part 3

Part 3.


From Mission Pizza’s Facebook:

We’ll just put the graphic here. If you don’t know what DGAF means, you’ll have to Google it as this is a family blog:


From Monte De Rey’s Facebook:

We are excited to announce in compliance with Gov. Coopers Phase 2 plan all Monte de Rey locations will be open for dine-in service at 50% capacity as of 5 pm this Friday 5/22/2020.


From Ryan’s Restaurant’s Facebook:

COVID-19 update: Ryan’s Restaurant will be opening for full service starting Friday, May 22nd at 5 pm. We will be following the Governor’s guidelines in regards to social distancing, sanitizing, table spacing, etc. We ask that our customers also maintain appropriate social distancing and follow health protocols. If you feel sickly or display symptoms of COVID-19, we ask you that please stay home. Everyone’s health is of the utmost importance, especially during this time. We have amended our hours temporarily where we will be open Monday-Thursday from 5 pm-8:30 pm and Friday-Saturday from 5 pm-9 pm. This is uncharted territory for our staff and we are doing the very best we can to meet all state safety requirements while also serving the public. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the operations of the restaurant, we ask that you please speak with a manager. We are so happy to be back and can’t wait to see our loyal patrons!


From Stoked’s Facebook:

Hey folks we can finally give you an update on reopening!

First.. thank you for your continued love for our staff and our food! This has been a long few months.. we are so thankful for the cards, calls and kind gestures that MANY of you have made. I could honestly cry when thinking about all of you.

……..

We will not open this weekend for many reasons, but mainly because we have to get our sister restaurant out-of-our kitchen. JK!!! No really… This week we will continue to serve dinner to-go/delivery through Sunday.

We’ll open for dining on Tuesday 26th but with limited seating as we get the dust off our training wheels. We open for dine-in/ to-go/delivery
Tuesdays-Thursday 5-9 Friday-Saturday 5-?
CLOSED SUNDAY MONDAY

The strict seating capacity at both locations is uncharted territory for us. Stoked is small and we only have 35 seats total to work with. We will be requiring reservations for inside, including the bar for the foreseeable future. Each table will have a certain amount of time based on the number of guests you bring. 1 hour for 2-4 guests, 1.5 hours for 5-8 guests. This will only be the case during Phase 2, so PLEASE understand our need to turn the tables.

The patio will be serving food first come first serve based on party size/weather and staffing. This too will start slow as we get geared back up….so please know just because there is a table, that doesn’t mean we can sit you. We will try to have waiting tables on the sidewalk, but no inside waiting will be allowed.

As of this coming Tuesday the 26th, we will be requiring ALL to-go orders to be made online through Stokedwoodfiredpub.com SO PLEASE order online so we can bring the food out to you. Text Stoked to 33733 for our app or go directly to our website Stokedwoodfiredpub.com for ordering. (DO NOT GOOGLE OUR WEBSITE YOU WILL BE CHARGED MONEY WE DO NOT GET)

We know comfort levels will vary for all of you. We won’t those who are looking forward to going out to dinner to feel safe. We want our staff, to feel safe. We are aware of the delicate rope we have to walk. Most importantly we look forward to seeing your smiling faces again!


From The Carriage House’s Facebook:

Hello Carriage House Restaurant friends! 😄

We are happy to announce that we will be open for dining-in, starting on Friday the 22nd at 5 PM. We are respectful of your safety, therefore, the restaurant will be operating at 50% capacity.

The well-being and satisfaction of our clients is our top priority. We miss you and can’t wait to see you again! 😊


More to come… STAY SAFE WSNC!!!!

Mission Pizza Napoletana Temporary Take Out Hours

I’m posting the pic that Peyton posted from Mission Pizza Napoletana:


OK let’s see how this goes. If you want to phone in, call 336 893 8217.
Just gonna do the best we can over here.

Local Restaurants Offering Takeout/Delivery/Curbside

These are the restaurants that have reported to me that they are offering Takeout (T), Delivery (D) or Curbside Pickup (C). Please refer to their Facebook pages (the links provided) as anything can change at a moment’s notice. Some of these places had released statements before and I have included the links to those posts in which I published the statements. This list will be ever-changing, too, as I find out more info.

Stay safe and wash your hands!

Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro: (T, C) 11-7p (336) 703-5400

Slappy’s Chicken: (T, D)  — (336) 761-0268

Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream: (T, D) — (336) 793-5548

Skrimp Shack: (C, T, D) — (336) 331-3026

1703 Restaurant: (T, D) — (336) 725-5767

Carolina Ale House: See this post.

Xcaret: (C) working on it. (336) 955-1345

Wine Merchants/Vin 205: See this post.

Omega House: (T) presumably — (336) 724-5262

East Coast Wings: (T, D, C), Brent from the Peters Creek (336) 784-6700 and Reynolda (336) 293-4422 locations said they were. Country Club (336) 659-9992. Not sure of the others.

Camel City Coffee: (T) presumably — (336) 955-2246

Tart Sweets: (T) presumably — (336) 724-5663 Tart Sweets has closed temporarily.

Acadia Foods: (T) food only. Beer, wine and groceries still available as well. (336) 331-3251

Thai Harmony: (T, D) (336) 842-5532

Wingstop: (T, D) presumably — (336) 738-0129

Mozzarella Fellas: (T, D, C) — (336) 377-7179 New hours are 11-2/5-8. In-house delivery or online services.

Black Mountain Chocolate: (C) — (336) 293-4698

Taqueria Luciano: (D, T) — (336) 755-4782

Mary’s Gourmet Diner: (C) Fri thru Sunday 9 am-1 pm — (336) 723-7239

West End Poke and Burke Street Pizza: See this post.

The Porch, Alma Mexicana and Canteen Market: See this post. Only the Porch is doing takeout, now, including the take-and-bake.

Stoked and Social.: See this post.

Jeffrey Adams, Young Cardinal Cafe and Dogwood Hops and Crops: See this post.

Salem Organic Supply is offering FREE delivery within 25 miles of downtown WSNC and free shipping. — (336) 721-4367

Davie Tavern:  See this post.

West End Cafe: See this post.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 12:00 to 9:00 Monday-Thursday and 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday for (T). Delivery (through Uber Eats/Door Dash) 4-9p customers are asked to stay in their cars. — (336) 831-0580

Jugghead’s Growlers & Pints: open 3-7 daily for Growler and sales from the fridge. Carry out only. — (336) 546-7754

Spruce Street Garden – Craft Tavern: See this post.

J and J Food Mart: (T, D, C) — (336) 283-9609.

Camino Bakery: See this post.

Mission Pizza Napoletana: See this post.

Camino Real Mexican Restaurant: (T, D) — (336) 923-0001 or (336) 210-9517

Camel City BBQ Factory: (T) 11-9 — (336) 306-9999

Ryan’s Restaurant: See this post.

Crafted – Art of the Taco: See this post. Crafted has halted ALL services, including their takeout and delivery service.

Milner’s American Southern: See this post.

Whitaker Square Pizza: See this post.

Moji Coffee and More: online sales, Swipeby and call ahead ordering, online takeout ordering! Gift cards available here. (336) 939-6654 Also… Grab-n-Go purchases of espresso and other coffee drinks, bagels, muffins, scones, sandwiches and more.

Village Juice: (D) through DoorDash, (C, T) — (336) 986-9402

Miss Ora’s Kitchen: 11-7 call ahead for curbside delivery. (336) 725-6257

Campus Gas: See this post.

DiLisio’s Italian Restaurant: See this post.

Mellow Mushroom: See this post.

Bobo’s Deli and Grill: See this post.

Real Q on Country Club: (T) — (336) 760-3457

Organix Juice Bar: See this post.

Cafe Vera Du: See this post.

La Botana: See this post.

Finnigan’s Wake: Closed 3/18 and 3/19. Takeout on Friday forward. (336) 723-0322. Opie says closed until regular business hours and services return.

To Your Health Bakery: (D, C) — (336) 618-5275

Zito Pizzeria and Grill: (T, D) M-Thur 11 am to 2:30 pm/5 pm to 8 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am to 3 pm/5 pm to 8:30 pm. (336) 765-9486

Happie Food: Delivery all day, every day. (336) 701-2911

Stonefield Cellars: Open for takeout wine only (they’ll carry it to your car, too). — (336) 644-9908

Bonefish Grill: (T, D) 1-9 every day for pickup or you can do grub hub or door dash. (336) 724-4518

Baked Just SO Bakery: See this post.

Corks Caps & Taps: See this post.

Foothills: (C, D) More details as they’re available.

Cracker Barrel: (T) (336) 712-9880 Clemmons.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar: (D) https://order.baddaddysburgerbar.com/

Diamondback Grill: (T, D) from 11:30pm-3pm and 5:30pm-7:30pm. Order from their scaled menu here. (336) 722-0006.

Katharine Brasserie and Bar: (T, C) Delivery could be soon, according to Erin Doby, F&B Manager (336) 761-0203 (note: Chef Adam said they are doing a truncated menu with lower price points).

Bib’s Downtown: (C, D) Use their website here or call (336) 722-0007.

Pacific Rim Food Truck: Truck… watch their Facebook and Instagram for where they may be. (336) 772-3051.

Food Freaks of NC Food Truck: Truck… watch their Facebook and Instagram for where they may be. (704) 299-1865.

Jimmy John’s: (C, D) Call ahead to have them come to the curb. The delivery app has a “leave at doorstep” option. Check your local listings for more details.

Krankie’s: (T) full-menu, coffee and bags of coffee. (336) 722-3016.

Honky Tonk Smokehouse: (T, D, C) 11:00-8:00, Tuesday – Saturday (336) 794-2270. Swipeby for (C) Take Out Central or Postmates for (D).

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: (T, D) Enjoy 20% OFF ToGo with promo code 20TOGO on their website! DoorDash, UberEats or Postmates (D). (336) 659-3973

Goody’s Grill: (T, C) Curbside being a drive-thru. 336-765-3100

HakkaChow: (T) (336) 893-8178

Rooster’s – A Noble Grille: (T) — (336) 777-8477

Village Tavern (both Reynolda Village/Hanes Mall): (T, C) 15% off to go and 25% off bottles of wine. (336) 760-8686 (HM); (336) 748-0221 (RV).

Cloverdale Kitchen: (C) — (336)725-4701

Small Batch: 11-8:30pm food and growler fills. (336) 893.6395 (T, C through Swipeby, D through Uber Eats)

Mossy’s: (T, C) Via their website or (336) 766-7045.

Viva Chicken: (T, C) via their website or Viva Chicken App. (336) 607-5355.

Cugino Forno: (T, D) via their website or (336) 448-0102.

Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing: (T, C) online or (336) 999-8945

Forsyth Seafood Market and Cafe: (T) — (336) 748-0793

Greek Guy’s Grill: (C, T) Drive-thru. Call ahead pick up at the window. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, full menu. (336) 794-2545

HakkaChow Asian Eats: (T) — (336) 893-8178

Vincenzo’s: (D, T) — (336) 765-3707

West Coast Wanderer, Food Truck: Truck (303) 834-5984

Intown Donutz: (T, D) — (336) 331-3414

3 Layers Cakery: (T, D) — (336) 701-0510

Little Richard’s Barbecue: (C, D, T) All Locations — (336) 766-0401

Duck Donuts: (T, C) — (336) 893-5356

Bad Daddy Burger Bar: (T, D) — (336) 893-6456

Los Toritos Mexican Cuisine: (D, T) — (336) 829-5232 DoorDash, UberEats, GrubHub

Bull’s Tavern and West End Coffeehouse Closed Until Further Notice

Statements from Bull’s Tavern and West End Coffeehouse via their Facebook page:


Bull’s Tavern

We are deeply saddened to announce that we will be closed indefinitely to do our part of flattening the curve during this national pandemic.

We look forward to serving you when this nightmare is over. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones during these unprecedented times.

We love you all dearly!
-Danielle and the Bull’s Family

**

West End Coffeehouse

I’ve been trying to find the words all day to say that we will be closed until… well, we honestly don’t know.

To say I’m heartbroken is an understatement. I’m acutely aware that when we reopen our doors our community will be forever changed. Though I’m apprehensive about the uncertainty of what we’re facing, I’ve seen how great our city can be when we work together and I believe in us.

Under the circumstances, closing is the right decision and I don’t regret it. We’ll be at the shop on Tuesday morning if anyone wants to be socially distant with us as we get ready to close up for a while.

While we may be closed, we are definitely not gone. We’re planning to use this time to play with pie and catch up on rest and do projects around the house and pet some cats. We’ll definitely post about our housebound adventures and we would love to hear about yours too.

Please stay safe and please stay home. If you must get out of the house, most of your favorite locally-owned restaurants are offering curbside service or delivery. You get to eat a great meal and keep everyone safe. (And make sure to tip generously!!) You could make a day of it! Order curbside pickup from Mary’s Gourmet Diner, order some records from Underdog Records, pick up a pizza from Mission Pizza Napoletana, some cookies from Black Mountain Chocolate and then grab a coffee from Coffee Park Airstream on your way back home.

We love you, Winston-Salem.

#myws #dtws #wsnc #welovews #supportlocal

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 145

In Episode #145 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • COVID-19/coronavirus and its potential impact on local businesses/restaurants/bars. All events here or otherwise noted subject to local ordinance/guidelines over the next few weeks.
  • Shokunin Ramen plans a pop-up at Mission Pizza on March 21.
  • Black Mountain Chocolate to move to Bailey South and change their name to Black Mountain Chocolate Bar.
  • SILO Bistro and Bar to offer pickup take-home meals.
  • The Hot Dog Tasting Trolley Tour is back. Visit the website and enter “Man5” as the code to get $5 off the price and make your reservation.
  • Carrabba’s has two wine dinners coming up this month, on St. Patty’s Day and the next Wednesday. To find out more and reserve your tix, visit here.
  • Food holidays and history.

A clarification on “bock” beer — According to BeerAdvocate: Bock is a bottom fermenting (sic) lager that generally takes extra months of lagering (cold storage) to smooth out such a strong brew. Bock beer, in general, is stronger than your typical lager, more of a robust malt character with a dark amber to brown hue. Hop bitterness can be assertive enough to balance, though must not get in the way of the malt flavor, most are only lightly hopped.

Bottom fermenting — Merriam-Webster: a slow alcoholic fermentation during which the yeast cells collect at the bottom of the fermenting liquid, which takes place at a temperature of 4 to 10° C and which occurs in the production of lager beer and of wines of low alcohol content

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s and Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 142

In Episode #142 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • Don Express Food Truck offers authentic Japanese cuisine, including ramen.
  • Shokunin Ramen doing pop up at Mission Pizza tonight.
  • La Ch.ngada is opening on Fourth and social media goes crazy over the name.
  • Tim and Stephanie visit West End Poke, Bobby Boy Bakeshop and Caviste Wine Bar.
  • The Hot Dog Tasting Trolley Tour is back. Visit the website and enter “Man5” as the code to get $5 off the price and make your reservation.
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s and Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 108

In Episode #108, proudly recorded at The Lab at Industry Hill:

Tim and Ray talk about:

  • The Fire at Mr. Barbecue.
  • Tim toured Sir Winston Wine Loft.
  • Tim talk about Cugino Forno and Mission Pizza Napoletana.
  • Shrimp-N-Grits Station.
  • Food holidays and history.

No poll this week!

Don’t forget our sponsors:

DiLisio’s Italian Family Restaurant Italian food like you’re sitting, eating in Naples. Wonderful Italian dishes from traditional spaghetti and lasagna to contemporary delights. Rich, flavorful sauces, a variety of pasta options, seafood, meat and more. Just south of Downtown and Business 40 (SOB40).

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

Restaurant Week is Back

The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership’s Restaurant Week is almost here! The new restaurant weekannual event is running this year from Monday, February 22 through Sunday, February 28. The event is to highlight the restaurants as well as our beloved downtown and its fantastic aesthetic and diverse nightlife. Each location will offer specials intended to entice you to try their wares as well as that of their colleagues.

The list of restaurants in the downtown Winston-Salem area is out and available for your perusing. You can see the full details of the event here. To highlight just a few of the establishments and a sample of their specials to whet your whistle:

DiLisio’s Italian Restaurant$30 Special – 1 shared Appetizer, 2 Baked Dishes, 1 Shared Canoli.

Willow’s Bistro & Bar:
$20 Special – 
1st Course: cup of soup or salad
2nd Course: Grilled Scottish Salmon: over wild mushroom risotto, asparagus coins, shaved manchego.
3rd Course: Makers Mark creme brulee with fresh berries

$30 Special –
1st Course: roasted veggies or grilled romaine
2nd Course: Grilled 8oz. Cafe Steak: over gouda mac n cheese, grilled asparagus, & fried onion rings
3rd Course: Sous Vide Banana Pudding

King’s Crab Shack & Oyster Bar:
$20 Special – Full Bucket – Dreamy Steamy Bucket: steamed mix of spiced up snow crab legs, shrimp, mussels, clams, oysters

$30 Special – Bucket for Two – Dreamy Steamy Bucket: steamed mix of spiced up snow crab legs, shrimp, mussels, clams, oysters

Meridian:
$30 Per Person –
Choice of Starters:
Soup du Jour
Little Gem Artisan Lettuce Salad: with roasted tomato, English cucumber, house made crouton & aged red wine vinaigrette

Choice of Entree:
House Made Pasta of the day(eg. Ravioli, Lasagna, Manicotti)
Pan Seared NC Mountain Trout: with starch, vegetable & sauce
Grass Fed Bistro Steak Lyonnaise: with pommes frites, dressed artisan lettuce & Meridian steak sauce

Choice of Housse Made Dessert:
Bread Pudding: with caramel & creme chantilly
Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
Dark Chocolate Torte with ganache & creme chantilly

Mellow Mushroom:
$20 Dinner for Two –
Choice of 2 lil’ salads (tossed or caesar)
1 medium 1-topping pizza to share
1 brownie sundae to share

$30 Dinner for Two –
Choice of Hummus or Bruschetta appetizer to share
1 large specialty pizza to share
1 brownie sundae to share

Mission Pizza:
$20 Special –
1 pizza of your choice, green salad, and daily dessert

$30 Special –
2 pizzas of your choice OR 1 pizza of your choice and 1 plate of your choice, and dessert

Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar:
Classic Spring House: $20 –
Choice of seasonal soup or HOUSE salad
The Colonel 2.0.16: crispy buttermilk fried chicken atop corn waffle with brown sugar smoked apple infused maple drizzle
Warm Bread Pudding
**please no substitutions

Winter’s Bounty: $30 –
Shrimp and Crab Beignets with Red Beet and Horseradish Remoulade
Choice of seasonal soup or HOUSE salad
Fred Flintstone’s Pork Shank: Savannah inspired red rice with lemon, parsley and dijon bread crumbs and HOUSE pepper jelly
**please no substitutions

Camino Bakery:
$20 Special –
Bag of Krankies whole coffee beans and a loaf of bread of your choice

$30 Special –
Bag of Krankies whole coffee beans, loaf of bread of your choice, and a bottle of Honoro Vera Garnacha

There are plenty more wonderful restaurants participating. Again, see the full list on the DWSP website.

A few disclaimers that are very important here:

*Restaurant Week Specials are dine-in only so, no take outs.
*Restaurant Specials are subject to change and that’s a possibilty. The prices exclude tax and tip. Take care of those who take care of you.
*If you’ve a food allergy, questions about ingredients or any other special restrictions, please check with individual restaurants.
*Restaurant Week Specials are subject to availability; they may, and often do, run out of the Special.
*Please check with restaurants prior to dining if you have questions about the Specials; don’t call the DWSP about it, they’re not in control of that info.
*If they run out of the Special, the restaurant is not obligated to provided a replacement dish.
*Coupons are not accepted in conjunction with these specials. Check with restaurants for coupon policies.

If there is an error on this page, the official restaurant special at the Restaurant is correct; I’m but a guide through the awesome food land and I have been known to almost make a mistake a time or two.

The important thing here? Go enjoy delicious food and support local establishments. You never know who you may see out there!

A Mission of Dreams, A Mission of Delicious Food

Peyton Smith was on The Less Desirables The Less Desirables July 17 and talked about his dream to move from only having a unique food truck to having a full blown pizzeria.  The food truck is Forno Moto and now the dream has come true: Mission Pizza Napoletana opened earlier this month.

Mission Pizza Meatballs

Meatballs

Peyton took a jump with the public and started a Kickstarter campaign in which he raised the monies necessary to tackle the objective back over the summer; around the time of his appearance on TLD. The oven burns around 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and makes a 10-12 inch pie in less than 90 seconds. Impressive!

Stephanie and I took the time to go check out the goodies they bake and give our review.

We split the EAC pizza which has tomatoes, Italian sausage (and lumps of it!), mozzarella cheese, garlic, pickled peppers, and oregano.  We opted to have the fried (sunny side up) egg put on as well.

We also ordered the meatballs, covered in red sauce with very fresh mozzarella and basil.  We figured it was an Italian staple, and when in Rome…

Mission Pizza EAC

EAC

The meatballs came and we dove right in.  The thing that usually gets one with meatballs in restaurants is that sometimes they have the tendency to have an airy, fresh out of the freezer quality to their taste.  Also, there is generally some canned characteristics in the sauces.  There was no danger of either of those things being cumbersome to the experience.  The meatballs were definitely not frozen, but made fresh at the restaurant and the sauce was also made in-house.  The finest of tomatoes, cooked at a high heat at the beginning to get the flavor and natural sugars to pop.  Add some garlic and basil then turn down the heat and allow no reduction and you get a sauce that is not too thin and not too thick. Did I mention the mozzarella? Draped across with the care of a meatball blanket that keeps it comfy in it’s stewed bed.  Add a sprinkle of basil to the top and you’ve yourself a darn fine dish.

The pizza arrived and looked fantastic.  The richness of the red sauce was a good cradle for the house-made sausage, mozzarella, peppers and spices.  We noticed, however, at around 2 pieces in, we didn’t have the egg; we noticed it right about the time Peyton came to check on us.  Ignoring our protests to making a complete new pizza, he set out to “make it right.”  We finished off the meatballs in the meantime.

The new, correct pie arrived and we dug in, as you do.  Note, Stephanie doesn’t like pickled peppers (and truly neither do I) so we only had them on one side of both pies.  They were quite spicy on the one without the egg and we wondered if the egg actually diffused some of the heat as they weren’t as prevalent on the second.  Also, if I had to say anything that wasn’t a raving “positive” about either pizza, I would say the egg kind of made the tips of the slices a bit soggy.  However, that did nothing to diminish the taste.

Peyton spent time fixing up this old building that was in dire need of a facelift.  There’s nothing overly fancy about the decor, but it’s comfortable and the counter area is a good place to watch the magic that happens in the kitchen.  The restaurant’s bar features all NC beers with the exception of the obligatory Morretti, an Italian staple.  Peyton did say that he’s attempting to work some other regional craft brews from New England and other places into the mix if he can get the distributors to get on board. Stephanie was glad there was an actual sweet red wine on the menu. The libations are more than acceptable and add true value to the fare.

Mission Pizza Bar

Counter Seating Area

Price wise, the Mission Pizza Napoletana is a slice of what other places may cost.  The most expensive plate on the menu is Cioppino which is spicy tomato broth with shrimp, clams, and triggerfish.  That being said, everything is very reasonably priced and plentiful.

Mission Pizza is located at 707 N Trade Street in Winston-Salem on a block with much positive growth over the years and the pizzeria will be the latest piece of the cultural expansion that is happening in the 700 block of the Arts District’s champion area. As of now, it is open Monday-Saturday 5pm-10pm but there may be plans to stay open later on the meatiest nights of the week: Thurs-Saturday as there is a street window in the bar area and Peyton mentioned in his TLD interview that he wanted to serve the late night bar crawlers.

There are plenty of boutique and indie pizzerias in this town or Italian eateries that may serve pizzas and I’ve tried many of them.  I will put it on the pizza pan right now, THIS is the best pizza in Winston-Salem.  It’s also the best meatballs that I’ve had, homemade quality, in fact.

In the realm of pizzerias, Mission Pizza Napoletana is definitely 5 Chopsticks.