Chea Waters Evans, News Editor
Their motto is, “Great pizza should always be just a stone’s throw away,” and Charlotte is now within range. Stone’s Throw Pizza is just a couple months out from opening on Ferry Road near the Route 7 traffic light. This is the third location for the popular Vermont pizza place.
Co-owner Allison Stratton, who owns the pizza restaurants with her husband Tyler Stratton and his childhood pal Silas Pollitt, said, “We have lofty goals…We want to bring awesome pizza to underserved areas…Charlotte is a beautiful area,” Allison said. The first two Stone’s Throw locations are in Fairfax and Richmond.
The idea for the third pizza place started during quarantine, Allison said, when they were talking about their business growth and plans for the future. “We don’t want to lose momentum,” she said, so they decided to forge ahead despite the uncertainties of opening a restaurant during a pandemic.
The key, Allison said, is to “start small and be flexible.” She said that the forced slower pace of uncertainty from suppliers and materials helps to keep the stress away—though they’re aiming to open in January, Allison said that they’re keeping their expectations pretty chill. “We open when we open,” she said. “There’s so much that’s not in anybody’s control right now.” She did note that though progress is slower, “We have the same excitement and enthusiasm.”
At the moment, drywall is going up and painting is on the schedule soon. “It’s beautiful inside,” Allison said. “We’re getting really excited.”
The menu will be the same as the other locations and features classic options as well as some more adventurous ones, like the Polpettina, which has white sauce, venison sausage, roasted pear, alpine cheddar, and fresh arugula, or the Myco Miso that comes with white sauce, a mushroom blend, shishito peppers, ginger miso glaze, and togarashi, which is a Japanese spice and pepper blend. They also serve salads, desserts, and will have some retail items like their house-made flavored salts and pickled items, plus retail wine, beer, and ciders.