As a Salisbury native, I was pretty pumped to see Katie Levans’ roundup of charming local businesses you can find in the historic downtown, 45 minutes from Charlotte. Honestly, as soon as I saw that Hap’s was included, I felt assured that the list was solid. But as one Agenda reader pointed out, Salty Caper was absent (in fairness, it doesn’t open until 5 p.m. each day so it was probably dark during the field trip). So, here’s the low-down on Salty Caper, with seven reasons to love it.
The House Pie
I love a strong white pie, and I eat a primarily vegetarian diet. So a house pie that features a pesto ricotta base, mozzarella, fresh — not sun dried! — tomatoes, and pine nuts is not only my go-to order but also a very respectable house special, IMO.
Businesses that find their niche and then crush it tend to succeed, and that’s certainly the case here. Owner Gian Moscardini says that from the start, he wanted to do brick oven pizza and craft beer well, period. Everything is made to order and you won’t find any frozen items on the menu.
Like I said, I grew up in Salisbury and do appreciate a small town. But. Salty Caper’s arrival was welcome not only for its pizza deliciousness but for its city vibe. It opens at 5 and stays open “till,” it’s pleasantly cozy in a gastropub way, and there’s a back patio for overflow seating.
Appreciation for Pizza + Good Beer
The first time I noticed they had pint glasses for the craft beer but paper plates for the pizza, I had respect for their way of living. Not only do they always offer a draft list and bottle list suitable for any beer snob, but Gian is personally passionate about a great brew — “La Familia Moscardini” are the founding partners of Salisbury’s only brewery, New Sarum Brewing.
Fritti, aka Dessert Calzone
Your choice of Milky Way, Reese’s Cup, or Snickers, wrapped in a mini-calzone, deep fried, dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate. Enough said.
The Secret Menu
The menu always features a specialty pie that rotates weekly. And the best news? There’s a secret list under the cash register of the specials. If you know to ask for it, it’s yours. The chicken curry pizza is a fan favorite.
…And There’s More
For those looking for a quicker trip from Charlotte proper, you can visit Salty Caper’s second location in Mooresville. When I asked Gian how he landed on Salisbury and Mooresville, he said, “Well, Salisbury is where I’m from, and Mooresville is where my brother lives.” Luckily for us all.
115 S. Lee St., Salisbury, NC 28144
134 Mooresville Commons Way, Suite A, Mooresville, NC 28117