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Downtown pizzeria offering specialty pies, craft beers

Aug. 22, 2012 @ 09:11 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A new pub serving gourmet pizzas quietly opened its doors on the corner of 4th Avenue and 9th Street last Friday.

The historic building was once the home of the old Ford & Hardwood's Shoe Store. The aptly named "Pub & Oven" is a return to the Huntington restaurant scene for owner Danny Dyer, who ran Yesterday's on 3rd Avenue for 12 years.

"We've been in the process of remodeling this space for approximately five months," said Dyer, who runs the restaurant with his wife, Lauri. "During the process we uncovered the original marble floors to the building and decided to restore them. We repainted all the walls, took out a wall to add some extra dining space then put in an all new kitchen and restrooms. We have an all new bar with a concrete bar top. In the back we have a special oven for pizzas which has three rotating stones. We are planning on having a full sports bar so everyone can come in and watch the latest Marshall or WVU game while enjoying a cold beer."

The restaurant features a variety of specialty pizzas in 10-inch small and 16-inch large sizes. The Mona Lisa pizza comes topped with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers and onions plus a mix of mozzarella and provolone cheeses. There's also the Grilled Peach pizza with chargrilled peaches, smoked gouda, white cheddar, white truffle oil, peach nectar, baby arugula and a peach balsamic reduction. For traditionalists, there's a classic "White Pizza" with mozzarella, fontina, parmesan and ricotta cheeses. Small pizzas typically go for $11-13, while large ones range in price from $20-$22.

"My wife Lauri and I put this menu together," he said. "We worked on it a long time. We visited pizzerias in other states and thought people would like these kinds of pizzas in Huntington. My daughter Olivia helped put together the salads on the menu. We have some homemade dressings."

The menu also features hamburgers, a variety of sandwiches, a 12-ounce aged ribeye steak and blackened chicken pasta, which was a favorite at Yesterday's. The bar is going to have a full selection of craft beers.

"We are going to have Magic Hat #9 as well as Flying Dog," said Steven Anderson, bartender. "We're also going to carry some beer from the Bridgeworks Brewery in Fayetteville (W.Va). We'll have some imports and name brands but we want to keep some things that no one else has. When people come in we try to great them immediately. When people come in we want them to feel warm and welcome rather than wait to be seated."

Pub & Oven is located at 401 9th St. The kitchen is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bar will typically be open later. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out orders and more information, call 304-523-4430.

Name: Pub & Oven

Food: Pub and pizzeria

Address: 401 9th St., Huntington

Hours: 11a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week

Phone number: 304-523-4420

Payments accepted: Cash and all major credit/debit cards

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