For the past couple of seasons, it’s been comforting to know that a good slice of pie was just steps away from my league play at Bowling Green in North Syracuse.
Too rushed to catch dinner with my dear wife Karen, I could visit The Pie Guys. Attached right to the alleys, their little restaurant is. Pizza and more.
In fact, that’s where we met before week two got started last Thursday night. And so I asked the guy who took my order of the two-slices-and-can-of-soda special just when their sister store I’ve seen a sign for on the main drag in my Syracuse city neighborhood of James Street might be opening.
For almost I year, I told him, I’d been waiting for The Pie Guys to join the fray just a couple of blocks from The Little Bitty.
It opened Monday, he said.
Indeed it has.
It’s sandwiched onto a stretch hard by a convenience store and a nail place. Kitty-corner across main drag Midler from chain gang member Papa John’s, and at least a mile from OIP — that’s Original Italian Pizza if you must get formal — and another couple from Twin Trees Too in East Syracuse.
Cozy is a kind description for the inside of the joint. Nobody will be doing any of their eating while chatting with owners Zack and Mark, no matter how friendly they are. And they both chatted me up pretty good as I took their photo with my iPhone 6, told them about my affinity to the slices up at Bowling Green, and explained how this account would show up here on my blog.
Business has been good so far, I hear.
Several people shuffled in and out as I snapped and waited for Zack to come out of the kitchen to pose with Mark for the photo.
I ordered the special to go, grabbing a can of Diet Pepsi out of the cooler. Two slices and a drink for three bucks? How could they?
When I got it home, I decided that the Pie Guys location No. 5 had faithfully followed the recipe I’ve enjoyed at Bowling Green. Cheese plentiful and stretchy. Sauce tangy under the olive oil. Crust thin and crisp underneath it all.
Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle rather enjoyed that they’d moved into the neighborhood as well.
Welcome, fellas. I can’t say you’ll totally replace OIP or Twin Trees in my life, but I know the Papa won’t be seeing my business.
How do you prefer your bought-out pizza? What’s the best pizza slice deal you’ve seen? Would you have the guts to fight the chains in anything if you were a small business owner?