Daily Slice: Pizza Pie-er, Boston
Daily Slice gives a quick snapshot each weekday of a different slice or pie that the folks at the Serious Eats empire have enjoyed lately.
Stepping inside of the relatively small storefront of Pizza Pie-er, I found myself in a surprisingly huge space with retro lighting, round table tops with pizza graphics on them, a one-of-a-kind wallpaper pattern featuring peppers, rolling pins and various other pizza paraphernalia. It was hard to refrain from licking the walls and saying, "The anchovies taste like anchovies!" Just kidding.
So once I got over all the great distracting stuff on the walls, I considered what to order. While Pizza Pie-er is known for their large selection of toppings and DIY options right down to the dough (with a choice of white, wheat, multigrain, or veggie crust) I was drawn to the pizza pocket ($5.99). It's sounds cute and portable...why not?
The pocket looked like a marriage between a calzone and an empanada. It's fluffy white dough casing was very sweet, flaky, and almost pastry-like. The sweetness was a bit of a turnoff for me but might be enjoyable for some. Already sliced, the pocket oozed with molten cheese and sauce when pulled apart. The salty cheese blend included mozzarella, cheddar, and Parmesan. The bread-to-filling ratio was a little off in my opinion. My pocket was mostly a cavernous bread shell with some pizza trappings. But all in all it was a tasty lunch, and all you can ask for with a little pocket-pizza-empanada thing.
About the author: Paige Brocious is a former Serious Eats intern now helping out with Slice in Boston.