First introduced in the Dallas area in 2011, Pie Five has grown to more than 30 locations in 9 states and has more than 400 announced franchised and company units under contract in 16 states and the District of Columbia. People in the know keep telling us how cool we are. For example, Pie Five has been named a 2013 Top 50 Restaurant Brand of the Year, a 2012 Hot Concepts winner by Nation’s Restaurant News and one of “10 Hot New Restaurant Chains from Established Brands” by Forbes.com. Heck, even our CEO, Randy Gier, was named one of the “Top 10 Trendsetting Executives in Pizza” in 2013 by Pizza Marketplace. ... the next thing you know, everything you ever thought about the pizza dining experience has changed. For the better.heir menu--note they had several creative house pies with crust recommendations such as the Farmer’s Market (tuscan marinara / mushrooms / spinach / red & green peppers / red onions / roasted tomatoes; recommended crust: whole grain thin), the athenian (olive oil / feta / grilled chicken / minced garlic / banana peppers / red onions / basil / kalamata olives / sun-dried tomato purée; recommended crust: artisan thin) and the chicken carbonara (alfredo sauce / parmesan / grilled chicken / mushrooms / crushed red pepper / bacon; recommended crust: artisan thin). While all of these sound awesome, I am a fan of a loaded combination pizza with meats and veggies piled on it so I went with the Five Star: (Tuscan marinara / cheddar / pork sausage / pepperoni / beef / green olives / red & green peppers / black olives / red onions recommended crust: classic pan).
As I went through the line, I saw the Pizza specialists loading up the crust, asking for options, assembling a nice looking pie and then popping it into the hole (their oven). When it came out a few minutes later, what I got was an incredibly well loaded about 7 or 8 inch pie, the crust looking nice and crisp on the outside. The staff asks if you want their blend of cheeses and herbs called "Magic Dust" and/or crushed red pepper shaken on top. I always take a little of each, though I often use Tobasco Sauce or Sriracha on top afterwards if I feel like it. I don't always like to use that on a pizza--I try it before adding it to it, just depends upon my mood. Thankfully, they have Sriracha sauce (the manager told me they'd just recently started carrying it after many customer requests) for those who want it. Any pizza can be bundled with a small side salad or dessert and a Drink for $10.00 plus tax, which is a great value all things considered.
When I took a bite, I got what I'd expect from a good pizzeria: crispy outside, soft inside crust, everything heated well, cheese a little stringy, toppings hot and cooked well, not burned. A satisfying pizza indeed, and a good value as well. No, it's not the same as a specialty local pizza joint, but it's definitely better than some of the larger chains and as a concept, it works very well. Kudos to the founders on coming up with it. As I was finishing my lunch, I noticed a long line had formed for lunch rush and the staff was working it very efficiently. Seems like the word was already getting around. ;)
Food & Beverage:
Five Star Pizza: A
Brownie Cake: A
Kitchen Area: A
Dining Area: A
Men's Room: A
Atmosphere (Fast Casual Chain Pizza): A-
Overall Grade: A
Pie Five has 3 Houston locations including Spring and a new one opening this week in Katy off of South Mason Road. I visited the location between I-10 and Washington Avenue at:
107 Yale St. Suite 400
Houston TX 77007
Hours of Operation:
7 Days a Week 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Eat Happy, Y'all!!!