Mopsy's Kalua Pork ($16, small; $21, large)
The description of this pie is quite the mouthful—house smoked free-range pork shoulder, homemade organic mango BBQ sauce, organic red onions, pineapple, VT Butter & Cheese Chevre, whole milk mozzarella, Blythedale Farm Cooksville Grana, Grana Padano, and fresh herbs.
It gets a pretty strong tart-sweet hit form the pineapple, not to mention the mango barbecue sauce. The pie itself is not for the weak of heart, and it's definitely not for the pizza purist. In fact, it's so toppings-heavy that the bread seems more afterthought than cornerstone. But risk-takers inclined toward dense, hearty meals and punchy, in-your-face flavors may find Mopsy's right up their alley.
American Flatbread's pies are thin, verging on crackery near the center, with generous blistering at the edge and a smattering of dark, smoky spots beneath.
The rise is nice, with an airy hole structure, and the interior is chewy, if a bit dry. Their formula seems to be a little low on salt, but since every flatbread on the menu comes topped with Grana Padano and Blythdale Farm Cookeville Grana, it's hardly the end of the world.
TriBeCa Community Revolution Bread ($13, small; $18, large)
It was a bit difficult to find the tomato sauce under the thickly layered cheese on this pie, and it was definitely short on salt, but the dusting of herbs and mushrooms gave it a warm, woodsy aroma; for a cold winter's night, it definitely hit the spot.
New Vermont Sausage ($15, small; $20, large)
This pie brings an earthy sweetness to the table, combining maple-fennel pork sausage, sundried tomatoes, and caramelized onions. Mushrooms, mozzarella, herbs, and Grana offer some counterbalance, but my sausage was dry and grainy, with a strangely bittersweet aftertaste.
Medicine Wheel ($11, small; $15, large)
If your tastes lean strictly savory, the Medicine Wheel is a solid bet. Even-keeled and flavorful, neither too sweet nor too bland, it was our favorite pie.
Medicine Wheel Underskirt
The base of the Medicine Wheel was lighter and airier than that of its heaver cousin, Mopsy's Kalua Pork.
Spiced Pecan & Winter Vegetable Salad ($8.50)
Even the salad fell on the sweet side, with a syrupy orange-basil vinaigrette that over-emphasized the sugary roasted beets and squash.
Clay, Wood-Fired Oven
The wood-burning oven is built from clay hand-dug from Schenk's Waitsfield property. hovers at about 800º F, for a 4-12 minute cook.