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Pizzeria Caldera Wins the JHN&G Pizza Throwdown!

We didn’t even know there was going to be a pizza throwdown. But upon opening up the paper today we learned that Pizzeria Caldera has been named the best pizzeria in Jackson Hole in an article in today’s Jackson Hole News&Guide. While we are a Napoletana-style pizzeria and we pride ourselves on our traditional 12-inch pies, the reporter had judged us on our slice pies, which use the exact same ingredients but don’t always belie just how good the 12-inch pies can be fresh out of the oven.

And these unsolicited, unannounced reviews can certainly be the luck of the draw. It could have been that we had a newbie on the line that day and gone down in flames. As it was, the reporter happened to come in on a day when Katie, one of our top pizzaioli, was getting creative with a BLT pie, laying down her creativity with a little extra TLC, no doubt.

Nonetheless, we managed to edge out the competition, bolstering our belief (despite what another local publication reports every year) that Pizzeria Caldera really is the best pizza in Jackson Hole. We’ll take it!

First We Feast Rates Pizzeria Caldera Best in Wyoming

Contrary to one local popularity contest, we’ve always known Pizzeria Caldera has the best pizza in Wyoming (and probably most of the surrounding Greater Yellowstone Region). That was the point from the beginning, and there was no point going through all the trouble to open a pizzeria if we couldn’t achieve that status. We’ve been featured before and it happened again. The foodie website First We Feast has chosen Pizzeria Caldera as the best in Wyoming in their feature article “The United States of Pizza: The Best Pizza From Each of the 50 States.” It’s always nice to receive praise and this is pretty high. And it’s quite an honor to be listed among some of the pizzerias we aspire to be as great as, such as Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in San Francisco, Pizza Bianco in Phoenix and Apizza Scholls in Portland.

Off-season Specials Continue!

We’re back from a short break and we had such positive feedback on our simplified, off-season special menu that we’re continuing it into December. Come on in for $10 and $12 pizzas, $6 and $8 salads, appetizers and pastas, and all desserts are $5.

Special Off-Season Menu, 5 Days Only!

Enjoy great deals now through Sunday, November 13, with our off-season closing menu.

$10 and $12 pizzas, $6 and $8 salads and small plates, $5 desserts. Wednesday, November 9, through Sunday, November 13. Help us clear out the cooler before we take a break for a couple of weeks. We will be closed Monday, November 14, through Monday, November 28, re-opening Tuesday, November 29. (Just in time for 2-fer Tuesday!)

Pizzeria Caldera Fall 2016 off-season special.

Pizza keeps you warm!

Come eat pizza all winter. And salads, and bruschetta, crostini, stuffed mushrooms, homemade soups and great desserts. We have some new menu items you will love!
2 fer Tuesdays will run all Tuesdays except over the holidays. Take advantage of it.

Spring Special Off-Season Menu is Here

Every off-season we struggle to find just the right special to entice locals into Pizzeria Caldera. Two-for-one entrees seem to be the norm in this valley, but it doesn’t quite work the same with pizza. Not to mention, we do 2-for-1 pies every Tuesday (outside of peak summer tourist season). So this year we’re experimenting with a simplified menu: $10 cheese, Margherita and pepperoni pizzas; $12 2-topping pizzas; $10 pastas; $6 salads and $5 desserts. You can still order off the regular menu but realize that we may start running out of some items as we prepare to change our menu for summer. Check out our Menu page for all the latest info.

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Is Our Pizza “Expensive”?

We get a lot of reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor (among others), and I’m always intrigued to see comments about the price of our pizza. While some reviewers say our prices are good, so many of them lament how expensive our pizza is. Rather than respond to any individual review, I’ll use our blog to explain why our pizza is priced the way it is.

At Pizzeria Caldera, we strive to provide great food, in a comfortable atmosphere, with the best service possible, at a reasonable price. We feel we’ve balanced that pretty well here in Jackson Hole.  My first question to anyone who says our prices are high is always, “High compared to what?” Dominoes? Pizza Hut? If you compare Pizzeria Caldera prices to any other comparable pizzeria or small restaurant in a similar market—or even in our market—I think you’ll find our prices to be equal to or less than our competitors. Continue reading

$10 Pizzas, $5 Salads and Desserts Friday and Saturday Only!

All pizzas are $10 and salads, desserts and appetizers are $5 this Friday and Saturday only! Help us clean out the cooler before we shut ‘er down for the off-season. All day, lunch and dinner, dine in or carry out. Come and get your Caldera fix!

We’re open 11am – 9pm through Saturday. We’ll be closed from Sunday, November 9 – Thursday, December 4, re-opening for the winter season on Friday, December 5.

Pizzeria Caldera voted “Best Pizza Worth Traveling For” in Wyoming by FlipKey

Pizzeria Caldera was recently voted “Best Pizza Worth Traveling For” in Wyoming in FlipKey’s latest “50 States Series.” FlipKey is TripAdvisor’s new site focusing on vacation rentals, and someone there had the presence of mind to come up with a slough of top whatever lists.

Obviously a content-building exercise, a lot of which I’m sure they’ve been able to pull from the encyclopedic content available on TripAdvisor, but there are some pretty good resources here for travelers. In addition to “Top Wineries and Breweries” in their 50 States Series (congratulations Thai Me Up!), they have articles such as “US Towns with the strangest Halloween traditions,” “Top 25 couples travel blogs to follow in 2014,” and “The ultimate vacation checklist,” which in the final few weeks of planning for a vacation, I actually found fairly useful.

It’s unclear who gets to choose these things (beyond the author of the blog), but most of them are fun, if not downright informative, and we’re always honored to get just about any recognition coming our way. Thanks, FlipKey!

 

Phew, we made it through another summer.

Thanks Jackson for another great summer!

It’s slower now and safe for the locals to “come back”. Still some beautiful days on the deck left.

2-fer Tuesdays just started up again yesterday, all 12″ pies, buy one get one free, limit four per take-out. This will run until our November 9th closure. (We will reopen early December.)
Our buy one pizza, get the 2nd half off, starts every night next week as well.

Please note we are closed on Sundays through the off season as well.

Hope to see you soon.

“Best Goddamn Restaurant”

The wife’s on a little expedition to Iceland and sent back a pic of this Reykjavik restaurant award. Not sure what the criteria is, but pretty high praise nonetheless.

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Caldera Helps Fight Breast Cancer Through Slice Of Hope

Pizzeria Caldera is joining forces with pizzerias around the country this Friday, October 11, to help raise critical funding for the fight against breast cancer. October is both National Pizza Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Friday, October 11, has been designated as “National Pizza Party Day” by Slice of Hope, a pizza industry charitable initiative created by Pizza Today Magazine, to raise funds to help fight breast cancer.

Pizzeria Caldera will donate 10% of the day’s sales on Friday, October 11, to two breast cancer-related organizations. Half will help fund research through the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation, a national non-profit organization based in Seattle, and the recipient of Slice of Hope proceeds, and half will go to the St. John’s Women’s Health Care Fund, directly helping women in the Jackson Hole community.

Slice of Hope has banded together pizzerias from across the nation in an effort to fight this invasive disease, which will impact hundreds of thousands of women and men this year. In fact, more than 190,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. And, sadly, approximately 40,000 women will die from the disease this year. That’s approximately 110 breast cancer deaths daily, and Pizzeria Caldera owner Chris Hansen says that’s too many.

“Whether you’ve had the disease yourself, or a family member or friend has had it, it’s safe to say you’ve been impacted by breast cancer,” says Hansen. “Pizzeria Caldera is proud to combine our efforts with other pizzerias around the country to help end this disease. That’s why we’ve joined Slice of Hope and will donate 10 percent of our sales on Friday, Oct. 11. So please come down to Caldera for lunch or dinner, or both, to show your support for this cause.”

“Because we feel strongly about supporting our community first,” continued Hansen, “Caldera will donate half of the proceeds to the St. John’s Hospital Foundation’s Women’s Health Care Fund.” According to the Foundation, The St. John’s Women’s Health Care Fund is a restricted fund of the Foundation that is reserved specifically to help local women in need with preventative health care specific to breast cancer.

Slice of Hope is spearheaded by Pizza Today magazine editor Jeremy White. White, Pizza Today publisher Pete Lachapelle and a small team of cyclists will bike throughout New England Oct. 9-12 to raise awareness for Slice of Hope’s fight against breast cancer. The cycling route will include stops in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. On Oct. 11, pizzerias across the nation — including Pizzeria Caldera — will donate funds to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation, which has committed to giving 100 percent of the Slice of Hope proceeds to a handful of the nation’s leading breast cancer research labs.

The St. John’s Women’s Health Care Fund is available for women who have neglected their personal wellbeing in order to balance the family budget. Taking care of your health is your best investment. Early detection of health disorders broadens treatment options and ultimately lowers costs.

Pizzeria Caldera is Jackson Hole’s only dedicated stone-hearth oven pizzeria, serving Napoletana-style pizzas with traditional and creative toppings daily from 11am to 9:30 pm. Pizzeria Caldera is located upstairs at 20 West Broadway. For more information, call 307-201-1472 or visit pizzeriacaldera.com.

“The Best Pizza in Town”

Earlier this year, as we were putting the finishing touches on this website, I received an email from my friend Kevin Olson, owner of our local paper, the Jackson Hole News&Guide, and oft cycling partner. “You’ll love this,” was the subject. “Totally unprompted by me, Alise wrote it for her English class … She used my computer to compose and left it on my desktop. You’ve definitely got a customer hooked on your pies.”

This was the second piece I received within a month written by a local kid who loves our pizza. Published here with her permission. If this doesn’t give us inspiration, I don’t know what does. Enjoy! And thanks, Alise!

The Best Pizza in Town

Parmesan soaking up the warm grease, fresh pepperoni sitting on mozzarella’s lap: this is the good stuff. As I walk in to Pizzeria Caldera with rosy cheeks and a chilled sense, I zone out. The aromas enclose me in a mindset of paradise. I’m going to have the pizza experience of my lifetime. I sit at a table, awaiting my flame kissed, circular concoction. Steam rising, fresh cheese sizzling, this pizza is cooked to perfection. Bon appetit ! I sink my teeth into something heavenly. The dough toasts my tongue. The grease fills my taste buds with delight. The hot cheese warms my cold insides. For a moment I am sitting on a sun-covered porch next to the river in Venice enjoying my gourmet creation. Why would I ever settle for anything less than pizza perfection? I never want to leave this place.  My mind is twisted; this pizza is too delicious. After I consume my paradise of a pizza, my stomach yearns for more. Pizzeria Caldera makes simply this: joy on a pan. And, of course, the BEST pizza in town.

Mozzarella Clinic With Roger Friedman

We had a treat this week when Fine Dining Group Partner and Head Chef Roger Friedman came in to show us how he makes fresh mozzarella. About a month ago, while checking out their newest endeavor, Bin 22, I had inquired to my friend Neil, their semmelier, whether Fine Dining would be interested in and/or willing to sell us some fresh mozzarella. While they weren’t able to do that, Roger graciously offered to come by and show us how it’s done. Having made mozzarella myself, but not all that interested in saddling my staff with what can be a tedious start-to-finish process, I was curious to see how Roger handled it.

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“The Delicious Pizza”

Some good friends and regular customers were in for dinner a few weeks ago and their daughter shared a little something she wrote in school recently. It’s a story that’s a real tear-jerker. She was kind enough to allow me to share it with you here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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