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.¿