Where: new location at Knox & 75
The original lunch plan was Potbelly’s. Until we saw the newly filled restaurant space with black and red accents. It’s Pie Five Pizza Co, the new pizza place that has now graced Knox and 75, where Alo used to be. We happened to stumble upon this pizzeria at the best time possible–the day before opening (i.e. their run through/practice day). So pizzas were on the house!
The inside is a clean, sleek and modern space with plenty of tables and areas to grab a quick bite during your lunch break. Their personal pizzas are 9″ for $6.49 for both specialty pizzas and build-your-own. The best part? It comes out super fast.
I tried their Tree Hugger pizza– a vegan pizza with their thin crust, marinara, mushrooms, peppers, red onions, olives and banana peppers. I got really excited to see they had a vegan item on the menu, but then again, there’s no cheese on it, so it’s not that exciting. I think next time I go, I’ll stick with cheese, or maybe they’ll get some vegan cheese in sometime. My favorite part about the pizza was the thin crust– it was the perfect crunch to soft ratio. Yep, I said that.
Ryan got the Pie Five High Five. Classic crust, pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, ham, beef, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Pretty much the opposite of the Tree Hugger. It was tasty, but nothing too special. The crust needed to be cooked a little more, but hey, that’s why it’s called a practice day. I’m sure they’ll iron out all the kinks.
I don’t think it’s fair to completely criticize a brand new restaurant that hadn’t even opened yet, so go try it for yourself. I’m sure it’ll be a new favorite lunch break spot, especially if you’re in the mood for pizza.