There's nothing like blaring rock music to wake you up on on Monday morning -- and that's exactly what I got when I clicked on the website of Rock Wood-Fired Pizza & Spirits, a Pacific Northwest chain with a music-theme roster of wood-fired pizzas, most of them titled after classic rock songs, that's opening at 7399 West Alaska Drive, in Belmar, this summer.
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The pizza palace, the majority of which are located in Washington (there's also one in Canada -- and forty more on the horizon), also pimps salads, calzones, sandwiches, burgers, beer-battered french fries, pastas and a lunch buffet -- but its claim to fame may very well be the voluminous number of toppings and possible pizza-building combinations. Pepperoni? Check. Peppered bacon? Check. Pulled pork? Check. Hot cherry peppers. Of course. Swiss cheese. If you insist. Roasted pecans. That, too. And all the pizzas are slid into a 900-degree oven fired with almond wood.
The restaurants, all of which seat around 250 people, also carry the rock-n-roll theme throughout its restaurants, paying homage to classics like Led Zeppelin, Ozzy and George Thorogood. In addition, there's a "Rocktail" menu with microbrews and signature cocktails, including "The Bucket," a blend of five rums "served in a freakin' bucket!"
Would you like sand and a shovel with that?