So, Shenandoah Pizza is one of our new favorite places. We arrived about 3 hours early and it's a good thing we did because even that wasn't enough time to really soak up the place.
You walk up to their charming stone storefront where they had very kindly posted a sign for our show that night.
You enter into a sparkling clean room full of bright green tile, gleaming wooden tables, colorful posters speaking of Staunton's lively music scene, and one of the friendliest staffs we've ever encountered, all of whom are either musicians, music lovers, or both.
John and Cheryl, the owners, are as warm and accomodating as they can be, recognizing everyone that walks in the store. They are organizing all kinds of musical events in the area, including a big Summer Blues Fest this past Saturday that we sadly had to miss (although Lexington was a thrilling substitute :D).
Right away, we got all giddy when they told us we could order any pizza and beer! They have over 200 varieties (!!!), all bottles because the building is from the 1800s and it's near impossible to drill through the thick concrete floor to put in taps. And anyway, you can have more variety with bottles. We tried all sorts of amazing brews, including Pyrat, Baltika Russian Lager, Starr Hill Jomo Lager, Stone IPA, Old Peculiar, Legend brown ale, Blue Mountain Classic Lager and more.
Our awesome waitress, Brooke, kindly chose all my wild flavors for me. (She also left us the biggest compliment ever on a note in our tip jar:)
*Seriously, Brooke, if you only knew how much that made our life! They are our favorite band!!!*
All the beers were incredible and the perfect compliment to their gourmet pies! In fact, gourmet doesn't even do it justice- their pizzas are some of the most delicious food I've ever eaten!
Meet Pizza Gypsy Hill (tomato, mozarella, avocado, feta, & sunflower seeds):
And Pizza Margherita (tomato, basil, fresh mozarella, wheat crust):
The wheat crust is made with local wheat ground at a mill just a short drive from the shop.
So, bodies full and satisfied, we dove into a smooth, easy set. No need to push that night- we were feeling good and enjoying every minute. The time flew and then it was the good Captain's go. He turned heads with a bunch of awesome new numbers, including Pirate Jesus, I Stole Your Beer, and Robot Housewife (very jazzy!).
The crowd was appreciative, laid-back, and very fun to play to.
We got to meet some awesome local musicians from killer bands like Secret Ninja Death Squad and JD & the Shenandoahs. And John told us about a great Charlottesville group, The Judy Chops, who've been playing at Shenandoah Pizza for years.
We're checking out The Staunton Music Guild to find more Staunton bands and we highly suggest you do the same because that valley is hopping!
We can't wait to go back and any Marylanders are welcome to hitch a ride- everyone needs to go to Shenandoah Pizza as soon as they can!