On one Friday after work, I decided to drive from Morgantown to Nebo, West Virginia. "Why?" You might ask. Well, because Pizzas & Cream was named to the 101 Most Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia list. So, of course, that means that it became a top priority for me to get a slice (or scoop) from this place.
My GPS got me most of the way to Nebo, and then a sign from Pizzas & Cream pointed me in the right direction. Just keep going past where your GPS tells you to stop, and you'll run into it.
After parking, I walked the gravel sidewalk that wrapped around the home and off to the right in what looks as though it is a modified garage made into a brick-oven heaven.
Here's some background from their website:
As soon as I walked in to the building there was an overhead speaker welcoming me ... something like "It's not a dream... it's Pizzas & Cream!" A little kitschy, but also sweet. Inside, there are just a few chairs for waiting on your take-out pizza in a small waiting area. They're cash and check only. And, they have a lovely outdoor fire pit with benches where folks take their orders to eat during warm weather.
And, I received a warm welcome from the gentleman, who I assume is the owner, behind the counter. He was juggling many orders on the phone, while manning the kitchen and mingling with guests. He struggled a bit with my name, which we shared a laugh about. It would be a few minutes, still, before the mushroom pizza I had called in about 20 minutes earlier would be done. So, I pulled up a seat and waited.
They have a number of specialty pizzas, like the "Savory Carnivore" with pepperoni, Hot Italian Sausage, Black Forest Ham, Smoked Bacon, Sauteed Mushrooms, Roasted Onions and Roasted Garlic. Then, there's the "Cheesy Mexican" with South of the Border Sauce, Seasoned Beef, Roasted Peppers, Fresh Red Onion, Lite Ghost Pepper cheese, Extra Mozzarella and Cheddar. They also have pepperoni rolls and a really cool assortment of unique sodas.
To my delight, I was informed that each new customer gets a free Italian ice. I opted for strawberry and inhaled the giant scoop while waiting. It's light, refreshing and would be the perfect complement to any warm summer evening.
So, I waited patiently for my pie to come out of the ice cream-shaped oven as the folks working talked to me about Morgantown and made me feel like I stepped into their personal kitchen. It was friendly, homey and welcoming. I wouldn't have minded hanging out here and sharing my pizza with these guys. Very cool.
butter pecan ice cream to go because the restaurants name is Pizzas & Cream, so I have to have both pizzas and cream, right? I took both back to my car to begin the long trek home.
Well, I first decided to be strategic and eat the ice cream. And, it's really good. It's not sickeningly sweet - it's lightly sweet and tastes ~real~. I can only imagine this stuff is homemade, because it's absolutely delicious. Tons of pecans with that buttery, caramely flavor that I can't get enough of. Truly a great scoop of ice cream.
Then, it was onto the pizza. I'll just go ahead and say this - this is one of the best pizzas I've ever had. From the crisp, chewy dough to the slightly sweet and seasoned sauce, the melty cheese and the plentiful mushrooms... it was just perfection.
Apparently, the crust is made with just five ingredients: flour, salt, water, yeast and a sourdough starter. That starter has some love in it. Then, it's topped with plum tomato, basil, salt and hand-picked herbs. It's so good, I kept sneaking slices from the box as I drove I-79. Once I finally hit Morgantown, I opened the box to see just one left. Worth it.
It's simple, it's crazy flavorful, and it's so, so good. Every single element is expertly crafted with fine attention to detail. And, the result is an incredible pizza that will be the standard I, from here on, hold all other pizzas to. Excellent experience all around, Pizzas & Cream.