The idea of a fast casual pizza joint is definitely intriguing, and I was grateful to be invited to dinner at Fired Pie in Scottsdale last week to check out the concept myself. There are 10 Fired Pie locations in the Valley, and I visited the Northsight Boulevard location.
Walk in, and you’ll see a list of ingredients, including sauce type, cheese, toppings and seasonings. I’ve never had alfredo or pesto sauce pizzas, but you can get those here, as well as buffalo and barbecue sauces, which I thought was unique.
Cheese include everything from feta to gorgonzola, and a variety of meats, veggies and fresh herbs are available for toppings on the gluten-free dough. The 11-inch pizza ($7.95) is ready in about five minutes, and it’s nice beer and wine are available as drink choices.
If you’re not into carbs, load up on a salad instead. One of my favorite parts of the meal was the $3 “pookie,” a baked cookie pie topped with vanilla ice cream. It was absolutely perfect to share and mighty tasty.
I liked my fresh mozzarella, kalamata olive, artichoke and tomato sauce pizza (my friend got sausage, spinach and artichoke with alfredo — she loved it), and it was really filling for one person – I ate all of mine because I was starving but would normally take a couple slices home. The only thing I’d try next time is asking for it a little less crispy — I’m a doughy pizza lover.
I loved the patio seating options, and the atmosphere was relaxed, friendly and fun.
Learn more about Fired Pie here.