By Betsy Cook
Special to The Roanoke Times
What is America’s favorite food? A quick computer search turns up a solid, and not surprising, winner: pizza . There are nearly 50 phone listings for pizza places in the Roanoke Valley , but Cork & Crust, a new pizzeria in downtown Roanoke, is anything but the same old thing.
The restaurant is located inside 16 West Marketplace on Church Avenue. Partners Mark Linson and Amelia Glaser opened the pizzeria in April, six months after opening S & W Market in the adjacent space. Glaser has since moved on, but Linson and his staff continue to offer gourmet groceries, prepared foods, beer and wine, and artisan pizzas.
Colorful flags and a sidewalk sign made it easy to spot 16 West Marketplace on my first visit for lunch with a friend. We headed into the busy space, which houses a variety of shops and businesses, and made our way to the little pizzeria in the back , which is open to the rest of the space. Walls are a warm terra cotta and feature artwork and a mural by local artists. There is a bar with stools, and three booths, two of which are large enough to comfortably seat six. Additional seating is found in front of the S & W Market and on the sidewalk in front of the building.
Cork & Crust diners choose from 10 pizzas with names like Toscana, The Simple, and The Beet-n-Goat . You can also design your own pie, choosing from 25 different toppings ($1 per topping). The toppings range from traditional (pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms) to more current trends (kale, artichokes, roasted garlic). Pizzas are offered in two sizes: 8-inch ($6 to $9) and 12-inch ($10 to $14).
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Gluten-free readers, I want to point out that this place offers a 12-inch gluten-free pizza crust!
Have you been to Cork & Crust? If so, what did you think?