EAT This Week: Fireside Pizza Company’s Pear and Gorganzola

Fireside Pizza Company’s Pear and Gorganzola.
Rob Galloway / Sierra Sun

To try and decide each week where and what to eat in and around the basin can be a challenge – there are so many amazing choices. In this feature we’ll dive into dishes that will surely satisfy those hunger pangs and leave you wondering where to go next.

If you’re one who can’t decide when you go out to eat if you should listen to that angel on your shoulder and be good (salad), or just throw it all out the window and be bad (pizza), then this week’s feature is perfect for you. It takes the best of both worlds, turns it on their head for a dynamic pie.

Fireside Pizza Company’s Pear and Gorganzola.
Rob Galloway / Sierra Sun

Starting with the dough, Fireside gets their dough delivered fresh from Truckee Sourdough (from their unique recipe) so you can be certain that the return on this investment is already starting out with a phenomenal base.

Once the dough is thrown up in the air and spun around like a merry-go-round, it is lathered in their house-made garlic cream sauce. It is then topped with slices of Bosc pears that are hand-cut to order.

Why hand cut? Because if you’ve ever cut pears you know after they’ve sat around for a bit they don’t look as gorgeous as they did when you first cut them. Perfection takes time and Fireside can belt out 500 pizzas on a busy day so be nice to the chefs if you’re ordering when busy – those hand-cut slices take some time.

It’s then topped with a high quality gorganzola cheese and slices of red onion before getting a roll through the oven. Once it’s popped out on the other side it’s finished off with arugula that’s been tossed with a hint of balsamic vinaigrette.

I know there are people out there who’ll say gorganzola doesn’t belong on a pizza, but I’d say you’re wrong. Here it lends a great deal of creaminess and because of the quality, the coverage it gets during the melt is perfect for each bite. The tanginess combined with the sweetness of the pear and red onion, then the peppery smack and texture from the arugula, not to mention the punctuation from the balsamic – this truly is a signature dish.

And if you absolutely have to have some meat in there, I’d recommend adding chicken or bacon (or both, I won’t tell).

Fireside Pizza Company is located at 1985 Olympic Valley Rd #25 in Olympic Valley. For food and drink information visit them online at or reach them by phone at 530-829-0982.

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