American Flatbread, Waitsfield
46 Laureau Road (off Route 100)
Waitsfield , Vermont
Tel: 802 496 8856
Concierge.com's insider take:
A 800-degree clay and stone oven dominates the center of this 19th-century barn-cum-restaurant, which serves inspired pizza combos. The Punctuated Equilibrium flatbread (kalamata olives, red peppers, and Vermont goat cheese—it's named for an evolutionary theory) is a favorite, and the New Vermont Sausage (made with local pork, fennel, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, and mushrooms) is irresistible. The wait is as famous as the food, especially during ski season, when it seems all of Sugarbush is jamming the place. An hour is common, but they'll stick a beer in your hand and point you outside, where a bonfire sends sparks overhead and keeps you warm. Outposts in Middlebury (137 Maple St.; 802-388-3300) and Burlington (115 St. Paul St.; 802-861-2999; open daily) lack the farm charm but maintain the culinary standards.
Open Fridays and Saturdays 4:30 to 9:30 pm.