In the mood for pizza? Tired of the traditional (and sometimes boring) take on tomato sauce and processed mozzarella cheese atop uninspiring and flavorless dough? If you answered yes to those two simple questions, then be sure to add Oak Stone Craft Pizza and Bar to your list of must tries. I would call this place a restaurant and not just a pizzeria, because it feels like an injustice to simplify Oak Stone down to such unsophisticated jargon. And the minute you take a look at the menu you will understand exactly what I mean; while handcrafted pizzas are the heart of the menu, it is also filled with a variety of other delightful options to choose from.
Oak Stone’s pizza gets its sophistication from the intricacy of its toppings but gets its credibility from the Neapolitan style crust (which in my opinion is the same caliber as I had while dining in Rome sitting outside of The Pantheon). The pizzas are all expertly crafted and composed of a multitude of fresh ingredients. The layers of toppings, while likely not what you would put together yourself, do ultimately work together and build upon each other to make it an actual pizza eating experience.
“The Guido”, while stereotypical in the name, is anything but in flavor. Growing up in New Jersey, and having a last name of Campilango, I would say I may know a thing or two about all things Guido. But all things Guido are not always created equal and don’t always mean brimming with heavy Italian meats and cheeses. This modern and sophisticated take on the Guido has garlic oil, fresh mozzarella, spinach, marinated tomatoes, prosciutto, horseradish cream, and everything bagel spices. My personal favorite, and possibly the best combination of ingredients that has ever been put together on a pizza, is “The Bee’s Knees”: white sauce, brie, goat cheese, asiago, roasted apples, sweet onion, rosemary, and honey. If you are wanting to order anything that might be out of your comfort zone, I would definitely give this one a try.
If gourmet/specialty pizza is not your thing – no problem. They have a build your own pizza option, allowing you to craft a pizza that is perfect for you! If you have a gluten allergy, gluten sensitivity, or are just cutting out gluten for any other personal reasons, there is a gluten free crust option available as well (which many locals have labeled as “the best gluten free crust they have ever had”). All craft pizzas come in 10 inch and 14 inch options, except for the gluten free crust which only comes in the 10 inch option. If you’re going with a group, I would recommend ordering a few 10 inch pizzas to share amongst the group.
If you are not in the mood for pizza, Oak Stone is likely still for you. The other items on the menu are Oak Stone’s fresh and modern take on tried and true favorites. If chicken wings are your go-to appetizer order (or even if they are not), the H.S.T Grilled Chicken Wings is a must try. The hot, sweet and tangy sauce is the perfect combination of flavors and the grilling of the chicken wings takes this traditional and sometimes uninspiring appetizer to the next level. Oak Stone also makes all their sauces homemade in-house. So the blue cheese that accompanies the chicken wings is the perfect way to tame the heat (which is not actually too hot).
Oak Stone keeps their menu interesting by rotating in and out specials which can range from additional specialty pizzas, to comfort food favorites such as fried green tomatoes and chicken and waffles. Be sure you leave some room for something sweet, as Oak Stone is a triple threat by also offering decadent dessert options from Cheesecake Beignets to Butterscotch Bread Pudding.
Oak Stone is open Monday – Thursday and Sunday from 11:00AM – 9:00PM and Friday – Saturday from 11:00AM – 10:00PM. Need to unwind after work? Oak Stone also offers Happy Hour at The Bar Monday – Friday 3:00-6:00 p.m. Happy Hour offers $3 select draft beers, $4 select wines, $1 off signature cocktails, and $2-5 snacks. Thinking about making your visit a family dinner, then you may want to consider dining in on Tuesday as kids eat free. They also offer other dining incentives throughout the week, so be sure to check the chalkboards located inside the restaurant.