Ever since the Teton Theatre closed its doors in 2012, buzz about it becoming a restaurant was swarming around Jackson Hole. After a big renovation, the wait is over, and Hand Fire Pizza has opened its doors.
The large space has been converted into a lively restaurant, with booths and tables that can accommodate parties of any size. When you walk in the door, which is off-centered because the old ticket booth remains in the front, you enter into a bar area where you can dine or enjoy one of many local beers and American wines.
Once seated a simple, but well thought out, menu offers basically three things: salad, pizzas and a fruit skillet with local Moos ice cream for dessert. The concept, say the managers, is to keep things simple, but do things really well. There is an emphasis on using the best ingredients they can get their hands on, including local greens, cheese and meats. Almost everything is organic, and each pizza is made-to-order and cooked in a wood oven. For anyone with dietary concerns, there are gluten free and vegan options, too.
While you can build your own pies, the chefs have come up with interesting options such as the Squashed, which uses butternut squash, sun dried cherries, caramelized onions and Wind River goat cheese. Anything with the nitrate-free bacon has also been popular.
Currently, Hand Fire Pizza is open every day, beginning at 5 p.m. Look for new menu items as the seasons change and for the restaurant to potentially offer lunch this winter.