Warm up with these local pizza pies for wintertime

The Greek pizza from Wolf's Den.

It’s no surprise that Martha’s Vineyard is a whole lot quieter in the off-season. Many of our beloved restaurants close up shop for the winter, but some of our tried and true pizza haunts are getting crafty with their pies in efforts to keep us warm and happy this winter. 

 Whether you’re a thin-crust lover or a deep-dish advocate, there’s a pie for you. We put the spotlight on some of the most creative pies on Island this season.

But first, what makes a good pizza pie? The three key parts of a pizza are the crust, the sauce, and the cheese — three simple components that when put together with love and care can create one of the most popular dishes in the world. But pizza is such a divisive topic, and the crust can a challenging subject. And just what does a “good” crust would taste like. Is it thin and crispy? Thick and chewy? Charred all over, or not charred at all? The same is true of sauce. While some prefer a more savory tomato sauce of puréed tomatoes, other want a hint of sweetness from ripe tomatoes. Heck, some people don’t even want tomato sauce, and prefer a white pizza. Oh, and the cheese … can we all agree fresh mozzarella is the best? We can’t, because there are pizzamakers who prefer a blend of cheeses! Oh pizza, how we love to dissect you. But here on Martha’s Vineyard, there’s something for everyone.

Wolf’s Den offers a Big Mac Pizza ($14.99/small or $22.99/large), which appeals to those of us that desperately miss having access to fast food here (Martha’s Vineyard has no chain restaurants such as McDonalds or Burger King). This Big Mac Pizza speaks to those desires. The sesame crust baked to perfection and then slathered with their secret sauce, topped with seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, shaved onions, pickles, and shredded lettuce. Close your eyes and you’ll think you’re eating a fast food burger!

The ever-so-popular Potato Pizza ($18.98) at Offshore Ale has a cult following; it’s seriously that good. Carb lovers will unite over this pie of mashed potatoes slathered on a pizza crust and sprinkled with bacon, cheddar cheese, and scallions.

If you’re looking for a restaurant that showcases flatbreads made in wood-fired ovens, Rockfish serves them up perfectly charred and crispy. Their Smoked Salmon Flatbread ($18) is a delight for the senses, with delicate smoked salmon woven between red onion, capers, olive oil, arugula, and a dill crème fraîche that brings it all together. When you’re looking for an elevated pizza experience, Rockfish has it.

Another staple is the Greek Pizza ($13.95/small, $18.95/large, $20.95/extra-large) at Edgartown Pizza. With all the components of the perfect Greek salad, this pizza is topped with feta cheese, black olives, tomatoes, and spinach, delivering the cure to any Greek craving you need to satisfy.

A whole pie from Edgartown Pizza.
A whole pie from Edgartown Pizza.

And last, but never least, is the White Italian Pizza ($17.95) at Rocco’s Pizzeria. A very simple, classic preparation, this is the pizza I’ll normally crave, because I can easily forget about tomato sauce. Rocco’s version blends ricotta, Romano, and mozzarella cheeses with a hint of rosemary. Cooked to a crisp, the cheeses bubble up and become spotted with a hint of brown. Hands down a favorite.

So whether you dream of the deep-dish pizza of Chicago, or crave the New York–style, know that there’s plenty to choose from on-Island. Pizza lovers, unite!