For years, Ed Sahm has been one of the lone bastions of local quality food. Well, he is at it again! Through a partnership with Ryan Bucksot, they have opened Rockstone Pizza Pub at 11501 Allisonville Rd. next to Sahm’s Restaurant.

In full disclosure, I have been a fan of Ed Sahm for many years and frequented the old Flying Horse Pub when it was as big as my current closet. For many years, my wife and I have enjoyed steaks “Pittsburgh-style” and the breaded cauliflower. In fact, Sahm’s catered our wedding reception at River Glen Country Club back in 1996. In addition, Ed has been a major supporter of the Megan S. Ott Foundation, so I am always eager to support his businesses.

My family and I arrived early on a Saturday, so we could beat the rush and catch Ryan with time to talk. Upon meeting Ryan, Managing Partner/General Manager of Rockstone Pizza Pub, I immediately saw that Ryan gets it; he wants to provide a quality local experience.  Rockstone sources meats from Chris Ely and Smoking Goose. They also bring in local Amish chickens which ”never touch the freezer” as Ryan put it.

If you are a craft beer fan, you will be very happy with the selection at Rockstone. They have 24 craft beers on tap that they display on a fantastic stainless steel backdrop that has a unique grinded artistic patina to it. In addition, they have a cooler full of many unusual bottles of beer and high end saké. Yes, I said saké, and yes, it is in the cooler. Ryan tells me that saké is produced exactly like beer, and the good quality ones are chilled, not served warm or hot. If you prefer wine, there are many great options for wine, not just the requisite red and white.

From delicious appetizers and a fantastic meal followed by dessert, the Pizza A Smore’ (the house pizza crust with graham cracker crumbs, Nutella, chocolate and marshmallows), this place has it all! We selected our pizza and had them cook it wood-fired style. You see, while most pizza places have either a traditional chain driven pizza oven or a wood-fired oven, Rockstone’s philosophy is “Why not offer both?” So you have your choice of oven and crust style. By the way, all of the crust is made in house each day.

The wood for the wood-fired oven is locally sourced hardwoods. In a world right now of $10 pizzas that taste like the box they come in, this classic trio is true pizza like it is supposed to be. In fact, Ryan had a couple of East Coast transplants in recently who told him they no longer need to go back to the East Coast to get good pizza.  Rockstone’s atmosphere is conducive to both families with children and for adults who want to be an adult for the next big game on television.

Not only are the owners of this establishment supporting local businesses by using local businesses, but they are also giving back to the community with their kind hearts. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The owners of Rockstone Pizza Pub help make a difference when it comes to this disease. They have touched the hearts of my friends by supporting organizations like the Megan S. Ott Foundation which makes me want to support them. Together as the Fishers community, we can make a difference for those battling this disease and their families.

The Megan S. Ott Foundation was started in March 2010 when Megan Ott realized the difficult emotional and physical anguish of fighting breast cancer that the disease placed upon not only the women fighting breast cancer but to the families as well. Megan envisioned an organization that would help families cope. Megan and Tom Ott founded the Megan S. Ott Foundation one month before Megan passed away.

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