Base Camp Pizza Co.
When it comes to eating pizza, there are two types of experiences. The first is a typical cheap, easy, and semi-fast option; any large pizza chain can be counted in this category. The second category does not always look the same—you might have a take-n-bake, a sit-down family style, or a by-the-slice joint, but the one factor that the places in the second category all have in common is that they make their business off of quality, not convenience. Without exception, Base Camp Pizza Co. is an establishment where a pizza-lover can go to pay a little more for an exponentially better dining experience. Located steps from the Gondola at 1001 Heavenly Village Way Suite 25, Base Camp is an excellent place to unwind after a long day on the hill, or take your family/friends for a great pizza.
Base Camp is built on a concept. Many pizza places have the same dull menu options with your pepperoni, Hawaiian, etc…Not at Base Camp. It is true you can still find the basics on their menu, but most of the pizzas at Base Camp tap into a much more international style. This deviance from typical pizzeria norms and the emphasis on foreign flavors stems straight from the genius of Head Chef and part-owner Marc Vaccaro. Before opening the restaurant in 2012, Vaccaro spent years travelling, especially in South East Asia. During these travels, Marc studied under master chefs in Thailand, Vietnam and India, comprehensively building his repertoire in professional kitchens and family homes alike. Upon his return, he decided to distinguish Base Camp's pizza by utilizing the skills he’d acquired in Asia. Vaccaro see’s his pizza as art, the crust being the canvas; by using authentically original recipes/ingredients, he's free to create and serve masterpieces.
Aside from the amazing pizza, Base Camp does an excellent job of setting a cool atmosphere. Outside the immediate confines of the restaurant, there is an extensive outdoor dining area with heat lamps and live-music. Even when it’s cold or snowy, I often prefer to sit outside in the twilight—pint in-hand—enjoying the familiar covers played by the resident musician.
The most delicious style of pizza at Base Camp is a hotly-contested subject, but I personally can’t help but crave the Thai Chicken pizza (the best spicy pizza ever!). However, in spite of all his time in Asia and many kitchens in California, Chef Vaccaro cannot help but love the simplicity and delicate balance of his very own Margherita.
Quite simply the best pizza in Tahoe; miss at your own peril…