Gorham: Mountain Fire Pizza

Mountain FireThe skinny: A while back, Deidre, a former food editor, came across an article for a quite unique pizza being served right here in New Hampshire. The Associated Press article – written by the AP’s food editor (who, lucky for us, is based here in New Hampshire) – spread across the country like wildfire, and Deidre saw mentions of this new pizza on newspaper websites all over the country.

You may be shocked to know that this talked-about pizza came from a small food truck. In Gorham.

We love a good food truck, and we vowed to hunt down this truck the next time we went north. Luckily, we didn’t have to. Just a couple months before we visited Mountain Fire Pizza, the food truck owners had tweaked their business plan, and they made the move from a pizza truck to a full restaurant with a beautiful wood-fired pizza oven on display for everyone to watch.

Pizzas here come in small ($7) and large ($12.50), as well as gluten-free cheese ($11). In building your own pie, there’s a choice of sauce (pizza sauce, basil pesto, garlic oil or olive oil), as well as a number of toppings. Topping costs range between $1.50-$2.50, and they include items such as sweet Italian sausage, artichoke hearts, anchovies and maraschino cherries.

Six specialty pies line the menu at Mountain Fire, including the Four Cheese ($10/$15.50), which is covered in mozzarella, Parmesan, provolone and Romano; the Greek ($13/$18.50), which is topped with tomato sauce, feta, roasted chicken, sliced tomato, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, reg onion, mozzarella, provolone, basil and a balsamic reduction; as well as the one pizza we came to hunt down …

Review: We’d like to say we perused the menu to decide on what we wanted to eat, but we’d only be kidding ourselves. We came here to taste the pizza that created national buzz.

Maple and Bacon.

And we cannot stress this enough: Go to Gorham. Now.

Sure, you can say you’ve had maple and bacon before – we’ve all had a tasty breakfast at our favorite pancake house. But this is different. Mountain Fire’s crust is topped with butter, local maple sugar, a blend of mozzarella and provolone, then crumbled, crispy bacon. Our only disappointment is that we had ordered a small pizza ($11), which is basically a personal pizza, as opposed to a large ($16.50).

Make no mistake, this is very much a dessert pie, but Andrew couldn’t help but feel like it was an amazingly indulgent, self-contained breakfast.

The maple was evident as soon as we pulled the slices onto our plates. Deidre was pretty sure she’d never used the adjective “sticky” in describing pizza before. The sugar swirled with the butter for drippy goodness, and larger clumps of the sugar caramelized in the oven for an added texture crunch. The combination of butter and maple syrup gave Andrew the feeling he was eating pancakes (albeit, crispy pancakes).

As mentioned before, the bacon is such a perfect choice when paired with the maple. There was a good amount of it, and its natural saltiness provided a needed balance with the sweet maple.

The wood-fired grilled created the crust’s blackened areas, which pleased Deidre. The crust held up incredibly well, considering what was happening on top of it, and she even wiped her end crust on some of the butter left on the pizza pan to take in every last drop of taste. Andrew wasn’t sure how the char on the crust would fit in with the overall flavor, but gave just enough of a hint of the wood fire to transport him to his favorite pancake house.

The cheese was the part that originally left Deidre puzzled when she read about this pizza initially. But for once, the cheese became the backdrop on a pizza. While she even took off parts of the cheese to taste on its own, she couldn’t quite get there, as the maple had overtaken all her taste buds. Andrew thought the cheese provided just the slightest hint of creaminess, maybe providing a bit of balance.

This was definitely not a breakfast cold pizza … in fact, Andrew could barely wait for it to get cold. With the maple syrup now a bit more solid, this was like eating a piece of candy. Just amazing.

Rating: Deidre: 5 / Andrew: 5 = 10/10 slices

Mountain Fire Pizza
254 Main St., Gorham
915-9009, mtfire.biz

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