Good Taste: Martha’s Vineyard pizza

Good Taste: Martha’s Vineyard pizza

The origins of pizza are debatable. The Middle East? Italy? Greece? And it depends on your definition of pizza. Greeks were topping their flatbread with oil, spices, herbs, and dates before Rafaelle Esposito anointed pizza dough with Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil: A combination meant to resemble the colors of the Italian flag in honor of Queen Margherita, the namesake of the classic pizza.

Wherever it came from, pizza is plentiful on the Vineyard, any way you like it.

Edgartown Pizza, near the Triangle, offers slices of cheese and pepperoni to go, as well as whole pizzas. Try the Vineyard Veggie with spinach, broccoli, artichoke, and mushrooms. Craving spicy? The Buffalo Chicken has chopped chicken tenders, celery, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese dressing.

Edgartown Pizza carries a selection of domestic and imported beer and wine by the glass. They also offer appetizers such as Mozzarella sticks as well as wraps, subs, burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, and entrees such as steak tips and grilled chicken.

On Monday and Tuesday (all day) if you buy one large or extra-large pizza, get half off the price of your second pizza. If you are buying for a crowd, they offer three small pizzas for $20, three large for $30, or three extra-large for $38. Edgartown Pizza is open seven days, 7:30 am to 8 or 9 pm.

The Fresh Pasta Shoppe boasts the Island’s “largest selection of specialty gourmet pizzas,” and they sure do deliver (figuratively speaking, of course). The Mexican is among the most popular, with refried beans, Mozzarella and cheddar as a base, to which you can add your choice of bell peppers, onions, black olives, and fresh tomatoes. All that is topped with more cheddar, sour cream, salsa, and jalapenos.

If you’re building your own pizza, start with one of their four bases. Red: traditional tomato sauce; white: garlic, olive oil, and Asiago cheese; pesto; or sour cream. Then you can choose from a range of toppings with cheeses like feta, blue, and ricotta; meats including pepperoni, Canadian bacon, and hamburger. Then there are the veggies: tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, fried eggplant, corn, artichokes, pineapple, etc.

The Fresh Pasta Shoppe has a few seats for dine-in or take your pizza with you to enjoy at home. They are open seven days a week till 9 pm.

The Pizza Place, next to Your Market in Edgartown is dubbed the “Original Island Pizza,” offering specialty pizzas such as The Brazilian, with chicken, bacon, ham, and pineapple; or the House Specialty, fully loaded with onions, green peppers, pepperoni, linguica, hamburger, sausage, mushrooms, olives and anchovies. The Pizza Place is open daily from 11 am to 9 pm.

Rocco’s Family Style Italian Restaurant is tucked into the Tisbury Market Place (same parking lot as the Net Result). With a surprisingly large dining room, guests can comfortably enjoy their pizza, salads, subs, and sandwiches etc. along with a draught beer or glass of wine. Or grab a dinner to go from the prepared case with selections such as stuffed grape leaves (my favorite), spaghetti and meatballs, or eggplant Parmesan.

Fella’s is a lunchtime favorite in West Tisbury. When the weather cooperates there are picnic tables outside, otherwise plan on taking your goods to go. There are always slices of cheese, pepperoni, veggie, and usually a specialty as well. Fella’s offers breakfast sandwiches from 7 to 11 am and an all day selection of ready-to-go sandwiches and wraps, salads, and a soup of the day in addition to Fella’s famous chili. Friday is pizza night, when specialty pizzas, such as goat cheese with Portobello mushrooms, are available until 8 pm. Fella’s is open Monday through Thursday 7 am to 4 pm; Friday 7 am to 8 pm; and Saturday 7 am to 3 pm.

Lastly, Lattanzi’s Pizzeria features wood-fired pizzas, in all combinations of flavors, such as the meaty Maccellaio (sausage, hot capicola, salami, pepperoni, tomato, and mozzarella) and the veggie Funghi (porcini tomato sauce, woodland mushrooms, truffle oil, and mozzarella. With the addition of serveral antipasti and pasta dishes, one can find a well-rounded meal in the pizzeria, which is currently open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5 pm. See their coupon in The Times for a $9.95 one-topping pizza.