Woodbelly Pizza Montpelier VT: Local, Organic, Delicious

Welcome to Woodbelly Pizza, Montpelier, VT. This article isn’t just a detailed account of our operations but a heartfelt narrative about our journey, values, and the community we serve. As the owner of Woodbelly Pizza, I am thrilled to share the story of how we evolved from a small idea into a beloved local establishment, offering not just food but a genuine experience rooted in sustainability, quality, and community spirit.

The Birth of Woodbelly Pizza


Vision and Inception

Woodbelly Pizza was born out of a simple yet profound vision: to create delicious, high-quality wood-fired pizza using local and organic ingredients. This vision wasn’t just about food; it was about fostering a sense of community and sustainability. When we say “farm-to-table,” we mean it. Every ingredient that goes into our pizzas is either grown by us or sourced from trusted local farmers who share our commitment to quality and sustainability.

Early Challenges and Milestones

Starting a wood-fired pizza business in Montpelier, Vermont, was not without its challenges. From finding the perfect location to building our ovens, each step required meticulous planning and execution. Our first major milestone was crafting our unique dough recipe using flour milled in nearby Elmore, Vermont. This flour is the foundation of our pizzas, giving them a distinct, fresh taste that sets us apart.

Commitment to Local and Organic Ingredients

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Growing and Sourcing

Our commitment to using local and organic ingredients is unwavering. We grow many of our vegetables, ensuring they are harvested at peak ripeness. For ingredients we don’t grow ourselves, we collaborate with local farmers who adhere to organic farming practices. This commitment extends to preserving the best of the harvest for use during the fall and winter, ensuring our pizzas maintain their quality and flavor year-round.

Impact on Quality

The impact of using local and organic ingredients on the quality of our pizzas is profound. Each bite is a testament to the freshness and care that goes into our food. Our customers often tell us that they can taste the difference, and we believe that this attention to detail is what keeps them coming back.

The Wood-Fired Experience

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Crafting the Perfect Pizza

Creating the perfect wood-fired pizza is both an art and a science. Our team has been honing this craft since 2008, and over the years, we’ve perfected our techniques. From the way we prepare our dough to the precise temperature at which we bake our pizzas, every step is crucial in delivering the best possible product to our customers.

The Role of Wood-Fired Ovens

Our large wood-fired ovens are the heart of Woodbelly Pizza. These ovens, fueled by local hardwood, reach temperatures of over 800 degrees Fahrenheit, cooking our pizzas to perfection in just a few minutes. The high heat creates a crispy crust while keeping the inside soft and chewy, with a hint of smokiness that only a wood-fired oven can impart.

Catering Services: Beyond Pizza

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Comprehensive Catering Solutions

While pizza is our specialty, our catering services extend far beyond that. We offer full-service catering, including licensed bar service and coordination of rental orders. This means that whether you’re planning a wedding, corporate event, or family gathering, Woodbelly Pizza can handle all the details, allowing you to focus on enjoying your event.

Menu Variety

Our catering menus are extensive and diverse, ensuring there’s something for everyone. From gourmet salads and appetizers to decadent desserts, our offerings are designed to complement our pizzas and provide a complete dining experience. We work closely with our clients to tailor our menus to their specific needs and preferences, ensuring every event is unique and memorable.

Community Engagement

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Farmers Markets and Events

At Woodbelly Pizza, we believe in being an active part of the community. You can find us at various farmers markets and special events throughout Vermont. Every Thursday, we’re on Barre Street in Montpelier; on Saturdays, we’re at the Capital City Farmers Market; and on Sundays, we join the Stowe Farmers Market. These markets allow us to connect directly with our customers and be a vibrant part of the local food scene.

Special Events

Beyond regular markets, we participate in numerous special events throughout the state. From food festivals to community fairs, these events provide us with opportunities to showcase our pizzas to a broader audience and support local initiatives. It’s our way of giving back to the community that has supported us from the beginning.

Sustainability Practices

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Environmental Stewardship

Sustainability is at the core of everything we do at Woodbelly Pizza. Our farming practices are designed to minimize our environmental impact, using organic methods that promote soil health and biodiversity. We also prioritize reducing waste through composting and recycling, ensuring that our operations are as eco-friendly as possible.

Local Economy Support

By sourcing our ingredients locally, we support Vermont’s agricultural community and contribute to the local economy. This not only ensures the freshness of our products but also fosters a network of small businesses that share our values. It’s a symbiotic relationship that benefits everyone involved and strengthens the community as a whole.

Customer Experience

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Atmosphere and Service

Creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere is essential to the Woodbelly Pizza experience. Whether you’re visiting us at a farmers market or booking our catering services, we strive to provide excellent customer service and a friendly, inviting environment. Our team is passionate about what they do, and it shows in their interactions with our customers.

Customer Feedback

We highly value customer feedback and use it to continually improve our offerings. Hearing from our customers helps us understand what we’re doing right and where we can make enhancements. It’s a vital part of our commitment to delivering the best possible experience to everyone who enjoys our food.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Woodbelly Pizza

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Expansion Plans

As we look to the future, we have exciting plans for expansion. While Montpelier will always be our home, we aim to bring Woodbelly Pizza to more communities across Vermont. This includes exploring new markets, enhancing our catering capabilities, and potentially opening additional locations.

Innovation and Growth

Innovation is key to our growth. We’re constantly experimenting with new recipes and techniques to keep our menu fresh and exciting. From seasonal specials to entirely new dishes, our goal is to surprise and delight our customers with every visit.


Woodbelly Pizza is more than just a place to grab a slice; it’s a celebration of community, sustainability, and exceptional food. Our journey from a small wood-fired pizza caterer to a beloved local institution is a testament to our unwavering commitment to quality and our deep roots in the Montpelier community. We invite you to join us on this journey, whether by visiting us at a farmers market, booking our catering services, or simply enjoying a delicious pizza made with love and the best local ingredients.

Thank you for being part of the Woodbelly Pizza family. Your support and enthusiasm inspire us every day to keep striving for excellence and to continue serving the community we love.