Manchester: Hot Stone Pizzeria

The skinny: Hot Stone Pizzeria was a much-needed addition to Manchester’s West Side when it popped up onto the scene last year.

Hot Stone Pizzeria Manchester pulled pork pizzaHot Stone offers basic pizzas (or calzones) with your choice of toppings, as well as a bunch of specialty options. The cheese starts out at $6.99 for a small and goes up to $9.99 for a large. Toppings add a dollar to the prices. The specialty pizzas top out at $16.99 for The Works, a behemoth of pepperoni, sausage, ham, peppers, onions, mushrooms, bacon and hamburger.

The specialty pizzas always catch our eye here. The drool-inducing chicken pesto artichoke ($9.99/$14.99) combines chicken and artichoke hearts with a homemade pesto and mozzarella cheese. And the Tex Mex ($9.99/$12.99) piles on ground beef, jalapenos, onions, peppers and tomatoes with a base of salsa.

Review: Ultimately, our eyes landed on the barbecue pulled pork pizza ($14.99/large).

The most noticeable aspect of our pizza once we set it down on the table was the smell. Wow! If only all pizzas started out like this.

Deidre was a little worried that the pulled pork might weight down the pizza too much. Not so. It was very similar to the typical barbecue chicken pizza, but the pork was a great way to change things up a bit.

One thing not so typical with the pizza was that it wasn’t just drenched in barbecue sauce. It had some, but it also was topped with a bit of tomato sauce. Andrew was a bit worried the tomato and barbecue tastes would clash. While Deidre thought the combination worked, Andrew thought it tasted a bit unnatural. Not bad, but he would prefer to keep pizza and pulled pork separate.

The crust was soft and light brown. It may have benefited from another couple of minutes — but that’s not to say it was undercooked.

Finally in the cold-pizza test, Andrew thought the pizza itself held up well after a few hours in the fridge. His only problem was with the pulled pork, which just doesn’t taste the same cold.

Rating: Deidre: 4 / Andrew: 3.5 = 7.5/10 slices

Hot Stone Pizzeria
174 Eddy Road, Manchester
518-5020

Comments

  1. The Commissioner says:

    The idea sounds great. Pulled pork and pizza… Yum.

    • @Commissioner,
      Pulled pork on pizza is a pretty good idea! With all the BBQ chicken pizzas out there, you’d think this would be an obvious one! While we wouldn’t make a habit of ordering it as a topping regularly, we do think it’s worth trying out. Thanks for writing!

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