Community Pie – Gets Sauced

Friday, April 05, 2013 - by Willie Mae
Community Pie is at 850 Market Street next to Miller Plaza.
Community Pie is at 850 Market Street next to Miller Plaza.

It was time to have my old friend Lou to go to lunch with me and he loves pizza just like I do. He wanted to try Community Pie at 850 Market St. Lou used to own a restaurant years ago, so it is fun for him to try a new place with me. I don’t just visit new places, but any place I haven’t been is new to me.

After getting lambasted in the opinion section over my last article, I hoped I would only have good things to say about the next place. But just as I don’t hold one person’s actions accountable for the whole establishment I also don’t think any establishment or a reader would put all their stock in my opinion of my experiences. One thing you get from ol’ Willie Mae is honesty, but you just can’t please everyone.

It did my heart good to have a friendly waitress when Lou and I visited Community Pie. Her name was Megan and she had a smile bigger than Texas!

There were all kinds of interesting items on the menu. First, I checked out the beverages. Lou wanted a beer. He ordered the Brooklyn Ale and told me to taste it. I didn’t care for it, but I don’t drink beer.

I liked the sound of the ciders they offered. When I saw Angry Orchard for $5 I thought that was a bit steep, but then the costs for the ciders continued to climb the charts! I don’t know who Samuel Smith is –  but his cider was $11! I wanted to try the Scottish cider but it was $17. I decided there must be something pretty special in those ciders, so I just stuck with my water.

I let Lou choose the pizza because there is not too much you can do wrong with pizza anyway - I pretty much like them all. These were made Napolitano-style and with this style of pizza the crust is very fine. It is razor thin and tends to bubble up at the edges but it is supposed to do that and you will see it looking a little ‘charred’ in places, but it’s not burnt. They have these opened, brick-type ovens that are hotter than your oven at home so the pizzas cook in a little over a minute! It makes for a great pizza and I could eat one of these every day!

Lou chose the $10 Margherita, which is basically sauce, fresh mozzarella, hand-torn basil, olive oil and sea salt. The menu had so many choices I had never heard of but would love to try. I think a person could visit this place each week and try something new each time. It was very spacious and a very good location. Megan was still smiling and asked how we liked the pizza.

Now, Lou is not shy to give his opinion and he told her that it was a little ‘wet’. This is where ol’ Willie Mae got to learn a thing or two about pizza lingo. He said that meant there was a little too much sauce.

Megan listened and wanted to know more. Lou told her he used to own a restaurant and even though it was years ago; this sweet girl was interested to hear him out. He described what he thought about the flavors which he thought were very good and that the pizza overall was good.

I thought it was delicious, too. The crust was exceptionally tasty but I did agree with Lou where he found it to be a little wet. On a pizza so thin, the sauce should be lighter but, according to Megan, the regular chef wasn’t in the back.

One person’s experience visiting a restaurant isn’t gospel. It is just their experience at that moment. But the experience is about more than just the food or because you might like the owners. It could begin at the parking place or the greeting or the clean or messy bathrooms or tables. I always encourage everyone to check out these places for themselves and, if your experience is different than mine, I appreciate your take on it too.

Community Pie was very accommodating and there wasn’t a lot of wait time after ordering. They are in the old Market Street Tavern at Miller Plaza and they have a separate patio that extends onto the sidewalk area.

I do intend to try the restaurant I mentioned in my last story (and I knew I would when I left that day), but I still plan to tell people my experience about places and let you decide for yourselves.

I guess, the Margherita and I have something in common … we both can be a little saucy.

 

The Margherita Pie
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