When you think of Boone in North Carolina, you’re probably not thinking about pizza. Crisp mountain air, endless hiking trails, scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway might come to mind, but pizza? Rest assure this university town just a 30-minute drive from Linville Land Harbor offers some of the best pizza spots in the high country. After hiking and exploring all these neighboring mountains trails, you definitely deserve a slice.
Here are the best local spots to grab a slice of pizza, or three.
In the heart of downtown Boone is the local favorite, Capone’s Pizza & Bar. Located on King Street, right across from Appalachian State University, this hole-in-the-wall pizza joint is the go-to for most Boone natives. It’s the best laid back, casual atmosphere you would want in a mountain town and with your pizza. No matter what style you pick, Chicago or New York, you are guaranteed fresh dough and reasonable prices.
(Insider tip: They have the best lunch specials in town)
Mellow Mushroom, Boone’s favorite “friendchise” pizza joint, is also home to this mountain town’s largest selection of craft beer and microbrews that rotate weekly. In terms of pies, you can stick with the classic Mellow favorites like Mighty Meaty, Kosmic Karma, and House Special or step outside your comfort zone and order the Red Skin Potato Pie. Since each Mellow location creates locally inspired, unique menu items, opt to try The Boone Goon, The Guido or Spodieodopalicious, all born and raised right here in the high country. Plus, they’ve got gluten-free and vegan options.
If you love wood fired street food and passionate about supporting local, Farm to Flame is the food truck pizza you need in your life. Created by Appalachian Mountain Brewery, the truck lives on the philosophy of the “80-20 rule”, meaning 80 percent of their ingredients are grown 50 miles of Boone. Plus, their wood-fired oven can you get out a pizza in 90 seconds. Pair it with one of their beer-infused sauces and you’ve got the perfect combo. Catch them behind the AMB brewery or the local farmer’s market.
The newest and popular pizza destination in Boone also serves as a microbrewery and gastropub. Talk about a triple threat. This is the perfect place to hang out with friends during game day and enjoy local craft beer and local pizza. Out of the pizza places in Boone, they have the most innovative and unique pies (Exhibit A: Morning Sunshine pizza is served with local eggs, cheese curds, country ham, leeks, herbed cream sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella.) You will never want to order plain cheese pizza again.