Take a spin to sumptuous pizza at Flying Pie

December 4, 2008

By Jim Feehan

Flying Pie Pizzeria reminds me of quaint Italian restaurants with red-and-white-checkered tablecloths that serve breadsticks and minestrone soup along with a heaping serving of pasta.

Nothing fancy, but good wholesome food that’s affordable.Flying Pie, a family-owned restaurant, opened in downtown Issaquah 11 years ago. In November 2006, Flying Pie opened a second restaurant at the Briarwood Shopping Center next to Castle Ice in the Renton Highlands.

Flying Pie offers a wide range of toppings and sauces with some crazy names. Among the more zany selections: Miss Piggy, which includes Canadian bacon, smoked ham and Italian sausage; and the CB’er that has Canadian bacon and pineapple or Canadian bacon and tomato.

Twelve house specialty pizzas are available in four sizes. Prices range from $12.50 for a 12-inch cheese pizza to $35 for an 18-inch combo supreme that’s loaded with pepperoni, salami, ham, mushroom, onions, green peppers, linguica, ground beef and Italian sausage. You can also create your own pizza from an assortment of 10 meats, 16 vegetables and two fish toppings (anchovies and shrimp smoked oyster.)

Flying Pie also offers pizza by the slice daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The choices include cheese $3.50, pepperoni $4, Canadian bacon and pineapple $4.25, vegetarian $4.25, barbecue chicken and red onion $4.50 and the chef’s choice $4.50.

For a few dollars more, customers can order a combination that comes with a slice of pizza, breadstick, a trip to the salad bar and a soft drink.

I opted for a Canadian bacon-pineapple combo for $7.75.

The crust was slightly chewy and firm enough to hold up to the ample amount of toppings. It was a perfect complement, because the cheese and toppings are the main attraction.

There are a few nonpizza items on the menu — calzones ($8.25-$12.50) sub sandwiches ($8) and salad bar ($6.50 for all you can eat and $3.50 for one trip). The bowls are not especially large, so don’t expect to veg out at the salad bar.

I returned the following day to sample one of Flying Pie’s nine calzones. A calzone, Italian for “stocking” or “trouser,” is sometimes referred to as a stuffed or folded pizza. It is an Italian turnover made from pizza dough and stuffed with cheese, usually mozzarella and Ricotta, but some varieties contain parmesan, provolone, meat, vegetables or a variety of other stuffings. It is typically served with marinara sauce on the side for dipping. The dough is folded over, sealed on one edge and oven baked.

Large pieces of mushroom were melted with cheese over a thick, chewy dough in the calzone I ordered. The regular calzone was roughly the size of an adult baseball glove. The huge is about the size of a rugby ball, large enough to fill a ginormous athlete.

The atmosphere is casual and the wait staff is courteous and prompt. Posters of theater productions and art exhibits fill the walls. A television monitor offers a steady fare of ESPN for sports junkies. A table and chair are suspended upside down from the ceiling at the back of the restaurant over video arcade games from the 1980s. Remember Ms. Pac Man?

If you’re looking for crushed velvet seats, ferns and wait staff in ties and black aprons, you’ve come to the wrong place. Flying Pie offers top-notch, sumptuous treasures at reasonable prices.

Flying Pie Pizzeria

30 Front St. S.
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays – Saturdays; noon – 9 p.m. Sunday

Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, jfeehan@isspress.com.

Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

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