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Up in the mountains, a man gets a hunger on.

But a salad pizza? Isn’t that stretching it?

“Not at all,” says Tammy McKay. “It’s one of our most popular pizzas.”

Tammy’s at the Wynola Pizza Express (4355 Highway 78, three miles west of Julian, 760-765-1004).

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Actually, the reason the beautiful Carla had me rent a car and git on up there in the first place was the oven.

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White oak fueled wood pizza oven. Mosaic art by James Hubbell

Turns out the great San Diego artist James Hubbell decorated their pizza oven with ceramics and messages, and chipped teapots from Germany. That's where Sabine Horner, who owns the place with her husband Harry, originally came from.

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Sabine brought the little pitchers and cups that are broken and stuck in the wall from her home over there.

The oven's worth the trip on its own.

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But the salad pizza?

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Salad pizza

Number one, it’s on a caramelized pizza crust, so there’s plenty of flavor. Two, it’s piled with goodness – baby greens, arugula, radicchio, cherry tomatoes, regiano parmesan cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. So hey, guilt-free. It’s $15.95, but it’ll feed two no problem. And Tammy has no problem with you sharing.

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’Course if you’re a traditionalist they have a ton of other pizzas. Last time, my friend Rob had the “Joe’s Godfather” which comes with pepperoni, salami, and sausage ($12.95). Or the cowboy pizza (with ground beef and onions $11.95).

And yes, it’s woodfired. They use white oak.

What’s really good is to get up there in the evening Friday Saturday or Sunday. That’s when they have blue grass, jazz, rock whatever bands, or just plain folk, out on the deck of this little red barn. Sara Petite has sung here. She's coming back August 27.

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But the main thing is it’s so not lowland ’Diego you feel like you’re on vacation in, Wyoming?

Plus, they have the best restaurant art in town...

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Plus, you don't have to go the extra mile to Julian for that pie...

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