A Slice of Country: Pizza Farms in Wisconsin
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Pizza and road trip: bingo!
News of the Wisconsin pizza farms reached me, as it does many, by word of satisfied mouth. Recruiting a companion to make the country drive wasn't difficult. I've been with my husband long enough to know that all I have to do is combine the words pizza and road trip, and bingo!
We start tracing the Mississippi River, then turn inland at Nelson in search of the Stone Barn, one of the handful of pizza-farm options sprinkled along the state's western edge. We wind through beautiful farm country, a lovely emerald jumble of lush crop fields and leafy hardwoods. When the hum of asphalt becomes the crunch of gravel, our arrival into Wisconsin farmland is official. Up ahead, we spot the barn. Its salvaged century-old stone walls hold a bona fide gourmet pizza restaurant, clean and bright, filled with metal tables, local art and a wood-fired oven in one corner.
This barn-bistro is owner Pam Taylor's vision, one that crystallized after she bought this 50-acre farm 20-some years ago. Once her renovation of the property's Victorian home was complete, she set her sights on its musty, crumbling barn. "When people found out I was going to open a pizza restaurant in the middle of nowhere, they thought I was nuts," Pam says.