Fire Works Pizza - "The Art of Wood-Fired Pizza"

On a beautiful late Spring late afternoon, we headed over to Fire Works Pizza in Leesburg.  This family neighborhood gourmet pizzeria sits in an old freight depot in Market Station, just south and east of Leesburg's Historic District. Their wood-fired pizzas are definitely the best pizzas we've had thus far in Loudoun County.  They offer a wide variety of amazing signature artisan style pizzas with names like "Black Sheep" & "The Sopranos." They have toppings such as nitrate free pepperoni and sausage, Muir Glen organic tomato sauce, wood-roasted onions and white truffle essence.  Co-owners and brothers Kevin and Shawn Malone are truly committed to providing their guests with not only an innovative tasteful menu, but a menu full of local, organically grown ingredients whenever possible.  You'll find local lamb sausage, cheese, ham, eggs, beef, chicken, sausage, and all kinds of freshly picked produce on their menus.  Local farmers and producers include Baker Farms (Mt. Jackson, VA), Cherry Glen Farms (Boyd, MD), Greenstone Farms (Purcellville, VA), Walter's Bluemont Produce (Purcellville, VA), Endless Summer Harvest (Purcellville, VA) and Oak Spring Dairy (Upperville, VA).

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The most popular pizza is the Smokey Blue, which is definitely our favorite and is topped with gorgonzola cheese, local bacon from Baker Farms, wood roasted onions, fresh rosemary and a balsamic glaze.  The toppings were beautifully melted together to give it that harmonious tasteful bite.  The crust was perfectly done, not too crunchy or too thick, just perfectly crisp!  It had the perfect amount of char on the bottom of the crust, and not too much cheese.  Along with the Smokey Blue, we ordered their Black Sheep pizza, which had a nice balance of flavor, with a combination of local lamb sausage, marinated tomatoes, fresh spinach, feta and again that amazing balsamic glaze.  All again beautifully composed and deliciously unique!  Whether you're a meat or veggie lover, you'll find something to satisfy your hunger at Fire Works Pizza.

Their pizza dough is made daily of fine milled Italian "Caputo" flour, filtered water, sea salt and yeast.  What we liked best about this pizzeria, is their thin-crusts that are typical of what you would find in Italy and throughout Europe.   Their perfectly crafted pizzas are served quickly to your table as their wood-fired oven is kept at a wooping 700 degrees, taking a typical pizza only a few minutes to cook!  If their signature pizzas don't appeal to you, you can create your own "Free-Form Pizza" or choose from a selection of salads, light bites, calzones and sandwiches.  They also offer a delicious gluten free pizza for those with gluten intolerance.

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Along with their amazing wood-fired pizzas, they also have an excellent selection of local beers and wines.  For local microbrews, they serve Clipper City Brewing Company (Baltimore, MD), DC Brau (Washington, DC), Devils' Black Bone (Roseland, VA), Flying Dog (Frederik, MD), Lost Rhino (Ashburn, VA), 3 Brothers Brewing (Harrisonburg, VA) and Stillwater (Baltimore, MD).  In addition to their brews, they have a long list of wines from around the world along with some great local wines that can be ordered by the glass or bottle.  Local Loudoun wines on their menu include Corcoran Vineyards' 2011 Viognier, Fabbioli Cellars' 2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve & 2009 Tannat and Loudoun Valley Vineyards' 2008 Syrah.  For a more dessert wine, they also carry one of our all time favorite wines, Fabbioli's Raspberry Merlot.  To go with our meal, we went with the Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter from Baltimore and their Sangria made from a Spanish wine and Virginia berry wine.  The Sangria was perfect for a sunny late afternoon on the patio!  To finish our meal, we went with a light dessert, their home made Tiramisu.  It was very good and perfect for an evening light finish after an excellent meal.  Their dessert menu also features local sweets from Leesburg Bakery and Whisked Away Bake Shop.  The most popular desserts are the Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundaes.  We will definitely have to try those next time!

We highly suggest heading out early, as they can get pretty busy on a weekend night, so expect some wait time for a table during the dinner rush.  We showed up right before 5 p.m. on a Saturday night and they had ample seating both indoors and outdoors.  Being a sunny Spring night, we just couldn't resist the urge to eat outside on their patio area.  By the time we left, the restaurant was almost full.  If you're still not in the mood for Pizza after reading this, try out the Malone Brothers other award-winning restaurants in historic Market Station, including Tuscarora Mill & South Street Under - all part of the Tuskie’s Dining Group.