On the Water
Nicole and I recently took advantage of a beautiful Sunday afternoon to go tubing on the James River. We got our tubes through the James River Float Company and had an awesome time. It was easy to make our reservations, the service was great, and it was a very relaxing 1.5 hour ride on the river. It was also a unique way to see Downtown Lynchburg from a different perspective. It’s definitely something I’d recommend, especially to anyone visiting the area.
We worked up quite an appetite with all that strenuous tubing and I’d heard a lot about Waterstone Pizza, which was just on the other side of the river from the James River Float Company. I’ve read that the two best places in Lynchburg for pizza are Waterstone and Rivermont so we decided to give Waterstone a try. We’ll have to go back again and try Rivermont to see which place reigns supreme.
Waterstone Pizza is located near the river in Downtown Lynchburg and it’s actually part of the same building that houses the Craddock Terry Hotel. The entire building is beautiful and I loved the interior of the restaurant.
There is lots of exposed brick and the entire place feels very open, including the bar and open kitchen that featured a brick oven for cooking pizzas. They also offered patio seating but an afternoon thunderstorm had arrived just as we walked in for lunch so we sat at a table by the window.
In the mood for meat, I ordered The Sicilian.
The Sicilian pizza featured a variety of interesting meats. The salami and cappicola provided a salty flavor while there was sweetness from the tomato sauce and cheese.
Because I like my crust to be crispy and rather charred, I asked the waitress to make sure my pizza was cooked a little longer. I’m glad I did. My pizza wasn’t particularly crispy and any less and I think the crust would have been too soft. The oven might have been a little too hot and the cheese seemed to melt and pile into the middle of the plate when I tried to pull away a slice.
Still, it tasted very good and I liked the unique flavors of pecorino romano and fontina as the two cheeses as something different from the typical mozzarella that’s on most pizzas.
All the pizzas are 10-inches and they would normally be enough for a couple people to share. Since I hadn’t eaten anything that day, I was able to finish an entire pizza by myself. The Sicilian was around $11 and most of the pizzas on the menu were in the $8 - $12 range.
People in Lynchburg seem to be split over which restaurant serves the best pizza. Some swear by Waterstone while others are loyal to Rivermont. I can understand why people are big fans of Waterstone. The only thing to do now is to visit Rivermont and figure out which side of the Lynchburg pizza fence I’m on.
1309 Jefferson Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504