Pie Five strives to serve customized personal pizzas featuring fresh ingredients as quickly as possible. Even their fountain drink machine fits the customization theme as it is one of the Coke machines that allows you to come up with almost any soda concoction. Pie Five’s recent entry into downtown Indianapolis is a restaurant that occupies an old bakery building, complete with the 50s-style spinning roof signage and all. This location is just a couple blocks north of Bankers Life Fieldhouse – home of the Indiana Pacers. Pie Five’s ability to rapidly churn out pizzas and its ample seating makes this spot a nice pre-game alternative to the area’s pubs that can get overcrowded before big games.
While Pie Five is mostly all about pizza, they do offer some salads for anyone crazy enough to not want their pizza. The customization of their pizza starts immediately with the crust; they offer crispy artisan thin, pan, neopolitan whole grain thin, and gluten-free. Since I had not seen a pan crust offered at this type of pizzeria that quickly cooks personalized pies before, I went with that. For those who love to pile on the toppings, it should also be noted that they advertise their pan crust as being the best at holding all of them in. It’s not truly a pan crust in the sense that it’s cooked in a pan, but its folded up edges allow for a thicker pizza. I enjoyed the soft and doughy consistency of the crust, and it was not at all crispy. The choices don’t get easier after the crust as Pie Five has seven different sauces to choose from. As somewhat of a pizza purist, I chose the standard marinara. This had a good, somewhat sweet taste. There are also multiple cheese options, and I was impressed with the amount of mozzarella they loaded onto my pizza. There are over twenty meat and vegetables available, but I kept it simple with just sausage and bacon. The meats were flavorful, and I was happy with my limited toppings that allowed me to also fully savor the tasty crust, sauce, and cheese. Lastly, they offer a few different finishers, and I finished my pizza off with some Magic Dust, which consists of parmesan cheese and seasonings.
I was very pleased with my pizza at Pie Five, and I would say it compares nicely with Blaze; another place I enjoy that focuses on fast, personalized pizzas. Blaze has continually impressed me, and I look forward to trying more pizzas at Pie Five to be sure that it does the same. While it may vary by location, the budget conscious may like to know that personal pizzas at Pie Five in downtown Indianapolis are $7.49, while they are $6.95 at Blaze in Carmel.
What I Ate: Sausage and Bacon
48 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204