This Resort’s Pizza Party Service Is the Perfect Cozy Dinner
Throw a log on the fire, grab a slice, and kick back.
At The Resort at Paws Up, in Greenough, Montana, you can really work up an appetite. There’s horseback riding, snowshoeing, sporting clays, archery, canoeing, dogsledding—all set in a stunning landscape. At the end of the day, you’ll be lucky to have enough energy to make it down for dinner. But don’t worry if you can't—you can always order pizza.
Launched in August 2019, the resort's in-home pizza delivery service is essentially a mobile pizza party, with a menu that hawks signature pizzas, build-your-own pie options, a generous spread of sides, and a brownie bar (yes, brownie bar) for dessert. It’s available to all guests who are staying in the luxury homes (not camping or at the island lodge). According to a representative, the program was launched as an additional meal option for guests who want to enjoy a cozy dinner in, and so far, it’s been a huge hit.
Earlier this month, I was at Paws Up's WinterFest, an annual event that brings together chefs, winemakers, and other industry professionals for a long weekend of eating and drinking. But as soon as I heard about the pizza menu, I knew I had to try it; even with all those multi-course dinners under my belt, I couldn’t resist the lure of a late-night slice. Maybe it was a bit of homesickness for New Jersey; maybe it was the fact that I’d never pass up anything with melted cheese. Either way, I caved and ordered one to my cabin with no regrets.
Here’s how it works: You open the Paws Up app, which can be used for anything from requesting a ride to booking a spa appointment, and head to the food and beverage section where you’ll find the pizza menu. There are four signature pizzas to choose from—"Animal House," "The 'Plains Jane,'” “Whiskey in a Teacup,” and “Morel High Ground”—which feature ingredients like bison chorizo, harissa-spiced ranch, charred mushrooms, and Bloody Mary Marinara. I went with Morel High Ground, which was covered with charred tomatillo salsa, healthy globs of lemon-herb ricotta, duck bacon, morel mushrooms, and pickled shallots.
I also ordered the black kale caesar salad (brown butter croutons, Parmesan, and peppercorn emulsion), along with the brownie bar for dessert. The brownie bar was a real nostalgia play for me, since it allows you to essentially build your own brownie sundae, complete with gummy worms, crumbled Oreos, green tea marshmallows, toffee, and of course, the all-important vanilla ice cream. Pro tip: heat up the brownie in your kitchen microwave for 30 seconds so it comes out warm, and with a drizzle of chocolate sauce, you’ll have a melty treat that’s perfect for winter nights.
Beyond this program, you can order room service from the on-site restaurants; the resort's luxury homes also come with kitchens that include microwaves and toasters (and in some cases, ranges) if you want to make your own meal. But ask yourself this—if you could have a pizza party delivered right to your door, why wouldn’t you?