Local Pie brings imaginative choices, including duck-egg pizza, to Towson

City Paper

From the outside, you could almost miss Local Pie’s unassuming storefront. It seemed to fit in with any other pizza cafe until we stepped inside, where we were faced with a starkly white space that felt more like a spread in a minimalist design book than a gourmet dine-in pizzeria. Bright fluorescent bulbs hang from the ceiling, and white-framed nature photos are arranged neatly in parallel lines on each wall. It’s not exactly the dimly lit brick-walled comfort we’re used to in a pizzeria, but as we looked around, it occurred to us that maybe the self-serve fridge, bright lights, and white backdrop are meant to make us feel like we’re in someone’s kitchen. And there’s a different kind of comfort in that. As we sat at tables meant only for two and four, and the vibrant pies were brought out to us, it felt like a simple meal we would have at home with family.

In keeping with the home-cooked vibe, Local Pie uses only local and fresh ingredients, but the pie choices are imaginative. We tried the duck egg pizza ($12)—a pie with garlic, oyster mushrooms, and a duck egg cracked in the middle. It had a savory saltiness, with a perfect over-easy yolk. Our dining companions thought the smashed meatball pizza ($13) was too sweet, but we enjoyed the pepper honey on the crust and the bison meatballs. The pièce de résistance for us was the white pizza ($11), which seemed to be a favorite with everyone. Each bite was juicy, with a strong and delicious mix of creamy cheeses. It was a gourmet experience in a nontraditional setting. We hope this spot will become a nice oasis for people throughout the week—if not for the ambiance, then for the pizza alone, which was as good as, if not better than, any $18 pizza we’ve had. On our way out, we saw a green painted piggy bank on top of the fridge, where patrons can support local farms by donating to Wholesome Wave instead of giving tips. Another reason we’ll be back.¿ 

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