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Dining Out: A natural pairing of pizza and beer


Pizza and beer is a natural pairing. Add in some salads and a wall with 15 beer options, four wines and a hard cider, and you have a winning combination.

That’s what Ed and Heather Murray have created at Bucks County’s newest restaurant, Vince’s Pizzeria and Taproom in Wrightstown. Located on Route 413 at the former Adrianna’s location, it opened less than three weeks ago and already has seen crowds show up to check out the award-winning pizzas and the self-serve beer wall.

An offspring of Vince’s Pizzeria in Northeast Philadelphia, which is owned by Ed Murray’s parents, Ed and Mary Ann Murray, the restaurant has an established pizza pedigree dating back to generations of pizza-making experience.

The pizzas are the same as in Northeast Philadelphia, says Heather Murray, plus new combinations she and her husband created. The list includes classic cheese, mushroom and spicy pepperoni with sausage. One called the “steak and hot” has cheesesteak and banana pepper toppings, while “Sausage and Honey” has hot sausage, San Marzano tomatoes, jalapenos and white truffle-infused honey.

Two white pies are “Florentino” with shredded mozzarella, olive oil, garlic and chopped spinach with optional onion, and “Pag” with thin slices of pear, shredded mozzarella, gorgonzola, arugula, and white truffle oil.

The restaurant’s three salads, house, Caesar and Greek, have proven to be quite popular, Heather Murray said.

Also extremely popular is the beer wall. “People love it,” said Murray, who credits her husband as the beer expert in the family.

The only one of its kind in Bucks County, it features 20 self-serve stations. Customers choose among the 15 beers, four wines and one hard cider after obtaining an RFID (raditio frequency identification) card from a member of the staff. It is loaded by opening a tab on the customer’s credit card. They then can choose what they want to drink, whether it’s a full glass of a favorite beer or flights to allow them to sample several.

Customers can purchase up to 32 ounces of alcoholic beverages; to buy up to an additional 32 ounces they need clearance from the bar wall manager.

The beer selection changes weekly and features a variety of brews and wines.

The restaurant has been extremely popular since it opened, Murray said. Many are locals coming to check out the pizza and beer wall, while others are faithful customers who live in Bucks County and no longer have to head for Northeast Philadelphia to get their favorite pizza.