Venue Review: Pie In The Sky Pizza
The Charlotte Observer
320 South Tryon St., Suite 109 inside the Latta Arcade along S. Tryon near W. Third Street. 704-333-4015.
HOURS: 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. weekdays. Closed Saturday and Sunday, except for Sundays when Panthers have a home game. Delivery available daily in the uptown area until 9 p.m. Beginning in January, open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays with delivery until 9 p.m. daily. Catering and delivery available on Saturdays and Sundays.
PRICES: $2.50 (pizza slice) -$17.00 (white pizza). Combo pizza meal (2 slices and a drink) beginning at $5.50.
CREDIT: All major.
My slices of vegetarian and pepperoni with salami and mushrooms pizza barely fit into the cardboard carryout boxes used at Pie in the Sky. While the slices of pizza are uber-large in size (and taste), Pie in the Sky's prices are anything but. That makes this New York pizza joint located in uptown's Latta Arcade worthy of a drop-in.
Actually, dropping in is about the only option at Pie in the Sky as the place is not much bigger than some walk-in closets. But for those who don't want to schlep food back to the office, if you're quick you might snag one of the tables lining Latta's inside corridor. We were so fortunate, and thus got to watch the lunchtime crowd stroll by, and we also noticed the Pie in the Sky pizza makers come to the front door a time or two.
I don't think they were looking for potential customers so much as they were looking for a cool breeze since it was plenty toasty in their shop. But if you've got to be in a confined space, best to be in one where the air is perfumed with the aroma of yeast, tomato sauce and hot sauce.
Hot sauce you say? Yep, that smell came courtesy of the Buffalo chicken pizza. Pie offers 12 pizzas by the slice, and the buffalo chicken with its diced white meat (which was held in place by just enough) was one of the offerings.
So were the vegetarian (the banana peppers are what made this pizza shine) and a pepperoni pizza featuring diced salami and mushrooms. Not only did the salami add a pleasant saltiness, I loved the way its juices mingled with the cheese and tomato sauce. The best way to enjoy the edge of the pizza crust (which was both chewy and a little crisp thanks to the blistering it received in the oven) was to dip it in the semithick marinara that comes with the stromboli.
Speaking of which, the stromboli reminded me of one of those pull-apart loaves of bread, as the pizza dough used to make it had a soft texture. There were slits in the top, which meant some of the gooey cheese and sauce bubbled through. We filled our stromboli with sausage, mushrooms and black olives. One last note: The stromboli takes 20 minutes to cook, so if you decide to try one, call in the order ahead.
Pie in the Sky's motto is "striving for the perfect pizza everyday." I appreciated the effort - almost as much as I appreciated the stromboli.