World Pies has regional flare infused in its pizzas

December 4, 2008

By David Hayes

Pizza lovers just may be stuck in a rut they didn’t know existed. There are only so many combinations of pizzas that can be created with the same old ingredients.

That’s why if you’re going to open a new pizza joint in this town and plan to succeed in drawing jaded pie lovers, you’d better think outside the pizza box.

Enter World Pies. New to the Issaquah Highlands in February, World Pies is that breath of fresh air the community has been waiting for. Inspired by cuisines from different regions around the world, World Pies is aptly named.

But let’s start with the starters. Beware if you choose to order a salad with your pie — the salads are huge. Even if you split one with someone, a salad here can be a meal unto itself. And the selection is impressive.

My wife and I went for The Parthenon. It’s essentially a supersized Greek salad with the typical ingredients of tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olives, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and green and roasted red peppers tossed with romaine and sprinkled with a lemon-herb vinaigrette. What a symphonic harmony of flavors, punctuated by the fresh ingredients in each bite. At $12, we were eating leftovers for two days.

Then there are the pies. Unless you come in really hungry, they’re not built for one, but rather for sharing. So again, since my wife and I each wanted to try something different, we had leftovers for the next couple of meals in our week.

As a cheese lover, my wife went for the formaggi bianco. It features a white, garlic-cream sauce rather than the typical tomato-based sauce. It then blends five different cheeses to perfection — fontina, asiago, Parmesan, mozzarella and gorgonzola. A sprinkling of herbs binds the whole thing together. Wow, what a burst of flavor in each bite. If you’re a vegetarian, the menu boasts six pies that can satisfy your palate.

As a meat eater, I wanted something a little more, well, meaty. I chose the Caribbean jerk. What a nontraditional combination of ingredients — chicken, jerk tomato sauce, pineapples, onions, green peppers and tomatoes. And to top it off, a mango chutney dip, a clever and tasty balance of sweet to go with the savory spicy chicken.

The menu is so varied that repeat visits are a must to try each original offering, inspired by just as different world regions, including Greece, Spain, Italy, India, Thailand and Mexico. I especially look forward to that last region to try the Oaxacan molé pie, which features a tomato-enhanced chocolate and chilies molé sauce. Now, that’s thinking way outside the box.

I’ve always said some of the best restaurants are the little, out-of-the-way, hole-in-the-wall, neighborhood favorite. World Pies probably couldn’t sit more than 40 people at any given time. And when inundated with to-go orders they had to fill before completing our order, they were kind enough to give us a discount for an inconvenient wait. That’s customer service.

If you go

World Pies

2525 N.E. Park Drive, Suite A
392-6099
www.worldpies.com
Dinner: Monday – Tuesday from 4:30-9 p.m.; Wednesday – Saturday from 5-10 p.m.; Sunday from 4:30-9 p.m.
Pizzas — $10-16; salads — $9-$12; flatbread $5; dessert $5

Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-6434, ext. 237, or dhayes@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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