Local vibe, craft beer, and handcrafted pizza at The Pizza Peel

Friends, bloggers, and Charlotte locals have been raving about The Pizza Peel and Tap Room in Cotswold since I can remember and Friday night seemed like the perfect time to check it out.  Pizza and craft beer was easily the best medicine for a long week of school.

The Pizza Peel, named after the wooden board used to pull pizza’s from the oven, has a total neighborhood vibe with a small dining room, and a long bar with over 40 beers on tap.  The inside has a warm, cabin, homey feel.  The walls and ceilings are lined with rustic wood, chalkboards, and pizza peels.  My friend Derek and I braved Charlotte’s monsoon weather and waited about 10 minutes for a table on a packed Friday night.

The beer list was a beautiful thing.

I went straight for an IPA, and chose Highland’s Kashmir.  I visited Highland’s brewery on a trip to Asheville and am a big fan of all of Highland’s beers.

My dining companion got Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Imperial Pilsner from Maryland.  Both beers hit the spot.

We decided on the One Veggie Pizza with Red Sauce, Mozzarella, Roasted Garlic, Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Artichokes, Pesto.  The pizza dough is made with some combination of whole wheat flour giving it a nice texture and taste.  I loved the combination of red sauce and pesto on this pizza and they didn’t skimp on the pesto.  The mushrooms, roasted garlic, and artichokes created a delicious combination.  And oh yes, we added sausage.

After a couple of beers, some magic tricks (yes, they have a magician on Friday nights from 6-8), and some food therapy the storms finally subsided.  I could eat pizza every night of the week and The Pizza Peel is definitely one of my new Charlotte favorites.

Come for the pizza and great beer selection, stay for the local neighborhood vibe.

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