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Blue Moose Pizza

Jessica Slosberg
BY PRESTON UTLEY The spring pie includes pesto and both fresh and sun-dried tomatoes.

Your search for a dining oasis that kids and adults can enjoy together is finally over. The Blue Moose is celebrating 12 years in Beaver Creek and its first in Lionshead. With a menu that’s loaded with fresh ingredients, novel pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, salads, desserts and more ” you can bring a crowd, a date or simply slide in alone.

If you think pizza is for kids, you’re missing out. This crust, prepared in house, will make you swoon. Tasty would be an understatement “perfection is probably closer to the truth. The outer rim is soft while the bottom is able to stand up to a full load. Hand-tossed to order, they take a little longer than other joints; it’s worth it. The only thing as good as the crust is the variety of toppings offered. Many of the pies are sandwich-esque ” like the chicken ranch pizza and buffalo wing pizza with half the bread. Another good bet is the big moose ‘za, with pepperoni, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, mushrooms, onions, black olives and green peppers. On the lighter side is the spring pizza, a vegetarian option subbing pesto for red sauce and an array of veggies.

It’s not only pizza at this causal eatery but salads, appetizers and sandwiches. The Greek salad the perfect starter with a zesty vinaigrette. The olives are sliced, so as not to overpower the tomatoes. The calamari and pepperoncini appetizer is a new and welcome addition. Tender and crispy, the accompanying fried peppers have a nice kick but won’t make your eyes water. The chicken parmagiano sandwich is tasty and the bread is nice and soft.

The famous meatballs are worthy of their reputation. The flavor is excellent, the texture is moist and the tomato sauce is prize-worthy. A hint of sugar lends a touch of sweetness, which is mellowed by herbs and spices.

Take one look at the walls ” bright, deep blue, laden with kids’ drawings ” and you know this is a place where you can relax. You don’t have to be on your best behaviour, you just have to be happy. Keep the kids occupied by drawing on the butcher paper.

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