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Rockstone Pizza Pub 1435 E. 86th Street.

Well; should the address look familiar there is a reason for it. This pizza place is right next door to the Big Lug. There are 2 other Rockstone Pizzas in town. Fishers and downtown. I have never been to either one but I think the one in Nora is the best. Why? Maybe because they are right next door to a Brewery. More importantly the “Family” Brewery. Yep this place is part of the Sahms family.

Last week when we left Big Lug we noticed that Rockstone had just opened the same day. We had to go have a look-see and liked what we saw. They offered wood fired pizza and pasta as well as all the stuff you would want in an Italian styled eatery.

The place is, as you may expect, beautifully appointed. The tapper area is a polished stainless steel curved to follow the contour of the bar. This is the best pictures I could take.

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I know it is hard to see with all the shine from the stainless but it is a magnificent sight.A curved wall of shiny steel with all those beer teats sticking out, ready to serve.

The prices were in line with what you might expect from a “premium” pizza joint. Pat got a 10 inch Classic Trio for $10.95. That was a wood fired pie with sausage, pepperoni and crimini mushrooms with house sauce and mozzarella cheese.

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I opted for one of their Focaccia Sandwiches. I chose the Roast Porketta. That is shredded roasted pork topped with carmelized onion and arugula. I chose that because it was a simple construct. Pig and sweet onion with a slightly bitter green. Their execution was pretty good. The onion was actually carmelized and they weren’t chintzy with the arugula. So the result was pretty good, but I don’t think it would take much to make it excellent.

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The bread is house made and very good. The individual components fit well together but I think the portion and dispersal could be reconsidered. Adding a bit more meat and onion would help,but if nothing else make sure the product goes all across the bread to give a through cover. A couple of the bites were a bit dry.

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Well I forgot my soup. My focaccia was$8.95 and came with a side.I chose a bowl of Shrimp Bisque. I got a big bowl of soup. It had a great flavor and a very nice texture. I ate the entire bowl, with a bit of help from Pat. So no wonder I had to take half of my sandwich home.

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I had a half of a slice of Pat’s pizza and I was quite impressed. Now I will be torn when I return. Sandwich or pie. They also have wood fired pasta dishes,so that is something to keep in mind. Pat and I were both pleased.

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This is the oven. Beautiful ain’t it.

Rockstone Pizza Nora. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

7 responses

  1. It sure is shiny. That bread looks like little comforters pulled up over the sandwich beds. Pillows of yumminess. The beer “teats” were lovely, but not as lovely as the curled crisp circles of pepperoni and the mushrooms–I could dive into that on a cold, rainy day, for sure!

    October 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    • Shame I couldn’t get a proper picture of the tap. Their whole menu screams comfort and the portions are far from delicate. Big meals and big beers.

      October 29, 2015 at 2:44 pm

  2. Man, I could go for a bowl of shrimp bisque right about now.
    Told the boy one we’ll go back to 20 Tap tomorrow. I cannot stay away from that place. Thanks so much for that recommendation!
    Maybe we’ll hit this place next week — mm, shrimp bisque!

    November 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    • I’m glad you like 20 Tap. They do have a bit of vegetarian dishes. So does Sinking Ship;down the street. I’m getting hooked on the Big Lug. Enjoy.

      November 1, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      • I like The Sinking Ship, too! But that edamame at 20 Tap, OMG.

        November 1, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      • Well that cinches it. Gotta’ go back. If Joey gives an OMG I must try it. Even at the risk of losing my Carnivore Card.

        November 2, 2015 at 7:41 am

      • Uh, yeah, they’re not open for lunch on Monday! lol

        November 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm

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