January 25, 2011

Peel Wood Fired Pizza

The name is Peel, but the centerpiece of this year-old Edwardsville restaurant is its wood-burning oven. Imported from Italy, it crackles with 800 degrees of life, crisping the crusts of pizzas in a couple of minutes, imbuing chicken wings with a whisper of smoke. During these bleak, snowy January days, the temptation to curl up beside the hearth is strong. Click here to continue reading Ian Froeb's review of Peel Wood Fired Pizza. Photos by Jennifer Silverberg.
Peel Wood Fired Pizza
921 South Arbor Vitae Edwardsville, IL 62025
Collinsville/ Edwardsville
618-659-8561
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Peel Wood Fired Pizza in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Peel Wood Fired Pizza in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Chefs/ Owners of Peel are on left, Brandon Case and right, Patrick Thirion.
Chefs/ Owners of Peel are on left, Brandon Case and right, Patrick Thirion.
Men at Work. L to R: Cook Randy Lueker, Owner/ Chef Patrick Thirion and cook Jeremy Journey in the busy open kitchen of Peel.
Men at Work. L to R: Cook Randy Lueker, Owner/ Chef Patrick Thirion and cook Jeremy Journey in the busy open kitchen of Peel.
Bartender Lauren Woolard pouring sodas for the early Saturday rush.
Bartender Lauren Woolard pouring sodas for the early Saturday rush.
A rare sight...a few empty tables, right before the busy Saturday lunch crowd.
A rare sight...a few empty tables, right before the busy Saturday lunch crowd.
Peel to go.
Peel to go.
Bartender Lauren Woolard joking with customers during last Saturday’s lunch.
Bartender Lauren Woolard joking with customers during last Saturday’s lunch.
One of the Chef/ owners Patrick Thirion.
One of the Chef/ owners Patrick Thirion.
Lauren Woolard pours a Morimoto, a Soba Ale from Rogue Brewery.
Lauren Woolard pours a Morimoto, a Soba Ale from Rogue Brewery.
Preparing a pizza...
Preparing a pizza...