The Purple Pig

The Purple Pig is one of the most popular pizza on the menu at The Rolling Stonebaker.

Rolling Stonebaker has long wowed anyone who tried one of its acclaimed wood-fired flatbreads from its food truck, a stylishly retro 1949 Studebaker fire truck.

WTTW, the Chicago PBS affiliate, ranked it among the best pizzerias in the state and Food Network Magazine went further, flat-out declaring it the best pizza in all of Indiana. A Yelp reviewer also has proclaimed Rolling Stonebaker the best pizza in Northwest Indiana.

While that all may be up for debate, and Rolling Stonebaker might be a little too contemporary for some traditionalists, a little too fancy for some purists, it does make a mean pie at its new brick-and-mortar restaurant at 54 Lafayette Street in downtown Valparaiso. The eatery is small, but it will have rooftop dining that will offer panoramic views of one of the most happening downtowns in the Region.

One of its signature pizzas, which are sized for one, is The Purple Pig. It is quite purple, extravagantly so as it's covered with tangy balsamic vinegar-dressed coleslaw and barbecue sauce. The heaping, overflowing slaw – mostly just colorful red cabbage – is fresh and crunchy and oh so Southern, the perfect complement to the slow-roasted pork shoulder that makes The Purple Pig a pizza you won’t soon forget. The meat is falling-off-the-bone succulent.

The cheese is top-shelf, and the thin crust is crisped to perfection, but the tender pork makes the pizza utterly delectable.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.