This neighborhood pizza joint carries a mathematical constant for its name, and Pi Pizza is serving up consistent and interesting tastes on Heights Boulevard.
Opening in August 2016, Pi Pizza got its start operating as a food truck. The Pi Pizza food truck was often parked at neighborhood bar, Johnny’s Gold Brick, where Johnny’s patrons could get a slice or pie to go with their cocktails.
After making waves with the food truck, Cherry Pie Hospitality’s owner Lee Ellis and partner, Anthony Calleo, officially launched Pi Pizza brick and mortar restaurant at 181 Heights Blvd.
Featured eight inch pizzas are The Who’s Mac and The Grizzly Hawaiian pizza. The whole leaf Ceasar salad has house made dressing and Slow Dough Bread Co. croutons. The featured cocktail is the Screwston – a frozen from the cocktail menu that features Vodka, purple (Kool-Aid) and mint (photos by Christina Martinez).
And if you’re thinking you’ve heard the names Cherry Pie Hospitality and Lee Ellis before, you are right – Cherry Pie Hospitality also owns and manages State Fare, Lee’s Fried Chicken & Donuts, Lee’s Creamery and Petite Sweets.
I stopped in at Pi Pizza on June 27th to try their lunch time special – eight inch pizzas for $8 and add on a salad for an additional $5 (excludes the Caesar).
Manager Alicia gave a few recommendations while reviewing the menu. Her top featured pizzas being The Herbivoracious, The Outdoorsman, Who’s The Mac, The Grizzly Hawaiian, The Business and AM/PM – her top favorite being The Grizzly Man, saying “I have this one almost every week.”
From my order, I went with Alicia’s top pizza favorite, The Grizzly Hawaiian, also adding on Who’s The Mac and a whole leaf Caesar Salad. Being June 27th – the official unofficial day that celebrates Houston hip-hop – I had to order the Screwston frozen from the cocktail menu, which is made with vodka, purple (Kool-Aid) and mint. A great Houston theme summer refresher.
Alicia’s recommendation on The Grizzly Hawaiian was spot on. This pizza is made with house ranch, a mozzarella and provolone cheese blend, chicken, their signature grizzly sauce – which is a sweet and spicy bbq sauce – thick cut bacon, piña, and honey. I fully understand and agree with Alicia on eating this pizza once a week.
If you haven’t stopped by Pi Pizza, their lunch time special is a good time to try them out. Additionally, they have a Tuesday night special from 5 – 10 p.m. for all you can eat pizza and salad for $13.99 – with seven select pizzas to choose from.
I’ve never been great at math, but these numbers seem to add up and the pizza delivers – figuratively and literally.