Wood Stone Craft Pizza + Bar in south Fayetteville opened about a week ago and it is rockin’! Owners Jerrmy Gawthrop and Clayton Suttle have created a space that feels casual yet sophisticated, unpretentious yet refined, homey yet upscale. Modern clean lines and soft colors along with rock, mixed species wood and steel are capped off with large stretched canvases of black and white photographs of Ozark landscapes. The romantic shades of white, gray and black are stunning and simple. Ozark Chic, the owners call it.
It’s a gorgeous space with beautiful pizza. Literally, the pizzas are like art work with unique ingredients spread across the handmade dough like colorful mosaics. And they taste just as good as they look. Not your average toppings, they are truly craft pizzas ranging in price from $12 to $18. Kids’ pizza is $5.
I recently had the K-BBQ – Korean BBQ Sauce/Adam’s Acres Roasted Pork/ Pickled Carrot/Diakon/ Cucumber/ Chili Mayo/Cilantro. On the sweet side, I would order it again, just as I would the other creamier pizza I devoured, the Tatonka – Crystal Lake Farms Chicken/Bacon/Smoked Cheddar/Mozzarella/Scallions/Peppers/Buffalo Cream Sauce. Other craft pizzas such as the Birds Nest include eggs, and the T.H.I.S.S.S. (tangy, herby, infused, spicy, salty & sweet) is made with local white peach jam. There’s plenty on the menu I’ll go back to try, plus you can create your own pizza by selecting from individual toppings and several sauces.
The drink menu is enticing with its numerous craft beers, some local, and cocktails that clearly take a skilled bartender. It even includes boozy floats. I’ll have to go back and try that when I’m not at lunch on a work day.
These guys do it right. Their wood burning pizza oven is from Italy. They spent a week in Staten Island learning to about pizza making with a pro, and it’s not like Gawthrop isn’t great in the kitchen already. If you’ve eaten at Greenhouse Grille, their first restaurant, you already know this.
Greenhouse Grille is only 73 paces away (give or take a step) from Wood Stone Pizza, so they are on the ball managing each one. I see the large parking lot spanning between the two restaurants packed on Razorback Game Days and both restaurants will be well worth the wait. The pizza’s patio out back faces a paved city trail too.
Wood Stone is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday at 557 S. School Ave. in Fayetteville. 479-444-1947; http://woodstonecraftpizza.com/