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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the oven. Beautiful ain’t it.
Our usual lunch on Thursday didn’t happen this week. I was fighting a cold and thought it best not to go out. However the prior Monday I had errands to run and ended up at Coal Pizza for lunch. I wanted to try the sandwich the previous bartender had recommended. They call it a grinder, and it sounded similar to the sandwich I had at Taste; at 52nd and College.It was an assortment of imported Italian meats with provolone cheese and olive salad; all on a square of focaccia. The presentation was “interesting” to say the least. All the meats were finger rolled, placed on the focaccia topped with cheese and olive salad then cut on the bias.I thought the finger rolling was totally unnecessary; unless you work for Kroger assembling holiday platters. The flavor was spot on. The combination of meats with the provolone cheese and the slightly spicy olive mixture was first-rate. The weak link was the focaccia.All the focaccia I’ve had before had the texture and density of bread, not day-old cornbread. The appetizer we had the previous week had the density and texture more shortbread than anything else. Frankly I didn’t pay too much attention to it, I just took it to be an anomaly; a little goof in a newly opened joint. However one week later, one week older the bread was way too crumbly for a sandwich,regardless of how tasty the fillings were. I haven’t given up on the place; I’m just a sucker for a pizza place. Especially one with the coal-burning oven.