Vacationers will notice a handful of sailboats at every local Outer Banks port, either saddled up to the docks or breezing across the harbor, en route to the nearest sound for a cruise, or to the continent-spanning Intracoastal Waterway to continue a long coastal voyage. Some vacationers are even in it for the long haul, docking for a summer or a winter season at a number of local marinas that offer all the comforts of home. Clearly, sailing lovers of all varieties have plenty of options, but even newcomers to the sport can experiment with life on the water with a local sailing lesson, rental, or waterfront cruise.
If you are looking for authentic cuisine and the area’s best New York style stone oven pizza made from scratch, you will love Max’s Pizza Company. Max’s Pizza is conveniently located in Ocean Plaza at milepost 4.5 in Kitty Hawk and owners Grant and Natalya Sharp are all about good natural food and customers can taste that goodness in every bite.
After more than 40 years of combined experience in the restaurant industry, the Sharps know the business. Eighteen of those years have been spent right here on the Outer Banks crafting epicurean delights. And the couple, with Grant (Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France graduate) as head chef, have an unwavering commitment to providing foods made only from scratch, using only the freshest, all-natural ingredients that are sourced both locally and imported.
“We use only "King Arthur" unbleached and unbromated flour to make our dough fresh daily, which is completely vegan friendly,” Natalya says. “And we make our pizza sauce and marinara using only "Stanislaus" vine-riped tomatoes from California that go right from the plant to the can in less than three hours.” Max’s Pizza shreds its all-natural "Bacio" mozzarella cheese daily. The cheese, made from only milk and enzymes, is a blend of whole cow milk mozzarella and buffalo milk mozzarella.
The Sharp’s commitment to authentic, fresh food doesn’t end there. All the vegetables at Max’s Pizza are fresh and cut in house and the bread is baked locally by Proof Bakery daily. Max’s Pizza Company’s New York style pizza, along with its calzones and stromboli are baked to perfection in a “Marsal & Sons” stone oven deck.
And Max’s Pizza Company isn’t just about great pizza. Customers won’t be able to resist popular menu items crafted right in the restaurant, including mouthwatering meatballs, lasagna, manicotti and house-roasted Italian sausage. Other favorites include homemade mozzarella sticks, fresh-pressed paninis and a variety of oven-baked subs, as well as homemade soup, fresh salads and scrumptious desserts. There’s no doubt that once you experience the great food, fun atmosphere and welcoming staff, Max’s Pizza Company will quickly become a family favorite.