It's always the trailblazers that get asked all the questions! Here are the answers to some of the most common ones:
Napoletana pizza, or Neapolitan pizza, is the original pizza. Emerging from Naples, Italy as early as the 1700's, Napoletana pizza is wood fired at very high temps for just about 90 seconds or less. The result is a light, pliable pizza with a crispy cornicione, or crust, with balanced toppings that Napoletana pizza is best consumed right from the oven.
Mission Pizza is not simply a pizza joint. Instead, we are more like an osteria, or casual Italian tavern, masquerading as a pizzeria. In addition to pizza, we serve fresh salads, ribeye seared tableside, porchetta, and lamb shank agrodolce over polenta. We believe in using local, artisanal ingredients whereverit makes sense for us to do so. Most importantly, if it doesn't excite us, we don't make it.
MPN easily accomodates vegetarian and vegan guests with pizza, salads, veg, and pasta.
Our salads, pastas, features, and vegetables all takeout well. Our pizza is a different story, however. Napoletana pizza is meant to be light and delicate, therefore it does not travel well, and gets ruined in a box. For that reason, we reluctantly offer takeout pizza, and suggest that if it is your first time with us, that you take a moment to dine in and eat the pizza as intended. We do not cut takeout pizzas to preserve their integrity. We suggest reheating takeout pizza at home on your stove, in a skillet on medium heat for about 2 minutes until warm and the bottom with crisp up.
We do not offer gluten free pizza. We cook pizza directly on the deck of our wood-fired oven, and flour is everywhere in the restaurant. For that reason, we can't guarantee that any attempt at gluten free pizza would be free of contamination. However, our menu is full of gluten free food, and we make every reasonable effort to accommodate guests' dietary needs.
Seating is first come-first served. We do not seat incomplete parties.
Gift cards are available in the restaurant.
We have a large lot in the rear of our building. Also, street parking is readily available on both Trade and Liberty streets at no cost during dinner hours.
Mission Pizza Napoletana was founded, and is owned, by Peyton Smith. A Winston-Salem native, and graduate of Wake Forest University, Peyton's mission is to introduce the rich culture and beautiful simplicity of Neapolitan pizza to his hometown.
We are a small restaurant, so there is not a waiting area per se. Guests are wise to have a drink at the bar while they wait, or to visit any of the watering holes on the block until your table is ready: Bar Piña, Fiddling Fish, Single Brothers Bar, Wise Man Brewing, The Ramkat.