Sunday, November 8, 2015

Pie Five Pizza Co. Food Review

Your My Pie

L'Enfant Plaza recently underwent an extensive $40 million renovation, capped off by a magnificent three-story glass gateway entrance and a number of new, tasty dining options. Heading the list of new faces is Pie Five Pizza Co., a fast casual pizzeria along the same vein as &Pizza, Custom Fuel and Pizza Studio. Not exactly revolutionary; but there's always room for an affordable, fast & friendly eatery, with a knack for clever topping combinations. Time to see just how clever they really are...

Evidently very clever. Pie Five's Crab Dip Pizza is a bit of a geographical stretch (DC rules, take that Maryland) but how do you argue with three different types of cheese (cheddar, mozzarella and provolone) crab meat and sauce with sliced tomatoes and Old Bay seasoning? You don't: You just eat it (again, and again, and again.) Did I mention it costs the same ($7.99) as every other pie on the menu? Perhaps Maryland isn't so bad, after all.

Crab Dip Pizza

The topping fest continues with a healthy emphasis on chicken. Six to be exact, and that isn't even counting the Your Pie custom option. I'm more of a sausage & pepperoni guy; but you simply have to try the Athenian (feta, grilled chicken, and sun-dried tomato purée) and Buffalo Chicken... although I recommend passing on banana peppers (or substituting red ones, for a bit more kick.)

Farmer's Market

Of course, you can pass on meat altogether with Pie Five's Farmer's Market with mushrooms, spinach, red onions and red/green peppers. It's especially nice on whole grain thin crust (or artisan thin, if you follow Pie Five's recommendation.) To be fair, it's hard to go wrong with any of the four different crusts (all made-from-scratch) seven sauces or close to 30 fresh toppings (including marinated artichoke hearts... talk about originality.) Pie Five offers salads too (four signature versions) which I normally skip right over; but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the pizza crust bowl, they're served in. Yet another way Pie Five stands out from its competition.

Chocolate Chip Pie

Pie Five's ovens reach temperatures up to 600°, which is more than enough to produce a fast (and crispy) crust. Service was stellar: Three different employees spoke (and joked) with me, and didn't bat an eye when I asked for a drink refill. Ordering was pretty easy too, even with all those options. Speaking of, my custom pie was made up of a classic pan crust with spicy Sriracha marinara sauce, (100% whole milk) mozzarella cheese, Italian sausage, jalapeños, red onions, sun-dried & Roma tomatoes, and a few sprinkles of fresh basil. Worth noting, the gooiest mozz in town... and as you'd expect, some serious overall kick (duh!)

Dessert pies aren't my thing; and Pie Five's Chocolate Chip Pie did little to sway me. I realize you have to offer something sweet; but I'd just as soon ask for gelato or some sort of tiramisu, and call it a day. That said, a dessert I wouldn't order in the first place, isn't going to take away from the many positives of Pie Five's regular menu. The Crab Dip Pizza left a memorable taste in my mouth, and the great price & service guarantee I'll be back for more. (Heavy) expansion is in the works, including a location near Tenley Circle (in my neck of the woods.) Reason to celebrate, I'd say. High fives anyone?