Wood Stack Pizza Kitchen
29 Route 46 East Pine Brook, NJ 07058
Mortadella, soppressata, prosciutto, gorgonzola dolce, aged fontina.
Pizza: JERSEY GARDEN
Caramelized eggplant, fior di latte mozzarella, basil, tomato sauce, ricotta salata.
Entreé: PAPPARDELLE BOLOGNESE
Wide ribbon-shaped egg pasta, ragu, ricotta.
My wife and I found a great new place for noshing on some great appy's, pizza, and pasta. As for the ambiance at Wood Stack, its coziness is second to none. The seating area consists of well-appointed decor with matching colors and textures. Just picture Disney's Wilderness Lodge with a contemporary twist.
Our Salumeria dish consisted of just enough sliced meats, cheese, caper berries and other treats to while away our time when waiting for our next course. My glass of cabernet made the Salumeria course a knockout. One standout item on the serving board was the eggplant which had a candied texture. This was an awesome pairing with the creamy gorgonzola, aged fontina and salty meats, not to mention the homemade rustic Italian bread...
The pizza was outstanding. The crust was baked to absolute crispy perfection and the toppings all sang together in perfect acapella.
The Pappardelle Bolognese -
Being raised in an Italian-American home has precluded me from ever ordering any type of pasta in a red sauce or gravy; I'm not sure why, but that's just the way it is, so I was a little bit of a fish out of water when the dish was served.
Although the pasta is made in-house, for me, the Pappardelle Bolognese fell short on two counts. First, the pasta was undercooked; I love al dente pasta, but this resisted the bite too much. Second, the dish was so salty it leaned toward inedibility.
All-in-all, I loved this place and I really can't wait to get back to try the Tartufo pizza. The couple next to us ordered it and when the waiter walked past us with it he was trailing a cloud of Italian black truffle. Money.
I highly recommend Wood Stack, although I'd steer clear from it on busy weekend nights if you don't like to dine with a large crowd.