Lansing, North Carolina, if you blink you will miss it. A very small town with a new bike trail and three restaurants. After a day of successful pony exploration at Grayson Highlands State Park, we were winding our way through the rolling hills and mountains back to our cabin. We rolled through town thinking about dinner. We passed through in the blink of an eye, but a quaint pizza shop caught our attention to turn around – Pie on the Mountain.
Locally sourced meats, cheeses and vegetables making up the ingredients in their artisanal pies. Local art on display around the room and prints for sale. It has a true sense of community!
The meat lovers pie won him over, of course! A light slather of tomato sauce provided a rich color and sweetness between the mozzarella and perfectly toasted airy crust. All of a carnivore’s favorite topped this pizza: sausage, bacon, pepperoni, salami and ham.
I, on the other hand, was struck by the four cheese white pizza. Mozzarella, goat, feta and parmesan cheese all melted together to make a rich molten flavor. The golden crust was brushed with a homemade garlic herb dressing. When dealing with four different cheeses with four very different melting points, it can be tricky to reach an even perfection and to make things more difficult I added greasy bacon and mushrooms. The chef was displeased with how uneven the first pizza came out, he made me a second one free of charge to go. The flavor was more even on the second pie, but the first pie still had excellent taste. I appreciated his strive for perfection and correction without wasting.
Pie on the Mountain is highly ranked and though they don’t seem to have much nearby competition, I believe they would excel even if they did. The customer comes first at a place that supports the community!