Sunday, November 6, 2016

Pieology

Pieology just opened its doors at Friendly Center in Greensboro, next to the new Rise Donuts. Nothing (major) against the Cheesecake Factory, but the Pieology - Rise duo is about to be the hottest new stop in the shopping center. Last week, I got to sample 6 of Rise's famous donut flavors including Original Glazed, Sprinkles with Vanilla Icing, Chocolate Chocolate Cake, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Cheerwine Glazed and my favorite of the bunch, Fruity Pebbles. Last week was a great week because I also got to attend a Private Media Event and enjoyed a sneak peek at Pieology, a fast-casual, customize-your-own, unlimited fresh toppings pizza joint. I repeat: these two are about to be the hottest spots at Friendly.
Beauties from Rise!

When you walk into Pieology, you notice several things: it's bright, clean, and there are endless toppings with which to decorate your pie. Literally endless - you can put on as many toppings as you like, which is good news to a "too much is just enough" kind of gal. Salads are fresh, with a nice assortment of toppings and presumably homemade dressing, and you can build your own, too. But the main event here, is the pie.

My favorite of the night was the Smokin' Buffalo Chicken. This promises heat, and it delivers. An olive oil base is a nice, neutral bed for chicken, fiery buffalo sauce, gorgonzola, mozzarella and the kicker - cilantro. The flavors all shrine through and satisfies all of my buffalo cravings. It's simple, yet packs a huge punch. Not for the weak palate!
Smokin' Buffalo Chicken

Alfredo's Alfredo is another flavor bomb, with a three cheese alfredo sauce base, mushrooms, artichokes, tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and tons of fresh garlic. With both the Smokin' Buffalo and Alfredo's Alfredo, I didn't miss the tomato sauce base, which I typically prefer. This pie has enough going on to intrigue my taste buds and satisfy my texture buds, too. This one is a winner.
Alfredo's Alfredo
The Rustic Veggie is a great healthy option, served on a whole wheat crust with that tomato sauce I had been lusting after. They call it the Mardi Gras pie, because it's so darn colorful! Just about every veggie you can think of is on top: green peppers, roasted red peppers, corn, red onion, garlic, basil, with ricotta and mozzarella to boot. Why hasn't corn been a common pizza topping until now?  The crunch and sweetness is fantastic. I would probably add more garlic next time, but I was impressed that the crust didn't bend with the weight of the toppings! It may be a super thin crust, but it is crisp and sturdy!
Rustic Veggie

Gotta do a Classic Margherita when you're sampling pies. This was my second favorite: beauty in simplicity.  Tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, garlic, Parmesan - this one will have even the heartiest carnivores out there smiling. These ingredients were made for each other, and Pieology's version is one of the better Marg pies I've had in the area.
Classic Margherita

I didn't feel overly stuffed after eating several slices of Pieology's pizza. That's not something I can say about other pizza joints. Thankfully I had room to try their Chocolate Chip Churro Dessert Pizza, which nailed my sweet tooth with just the touch of sweetness I needed. The crust is super thin, almost too crisp for my liking, but you don't need much to get your fix. The mini chocolate chips are precious, the cinnamon sugar sprinkle with the icing glaze is reminiscent of a cinnamon roll, but this doesn't feel too rich or gluttonous. And in case you can't finish any of your pies, there are brilliant half-pizza size boxes for you to leave with!
Chocolate Chip Churro Dessert Pizza
I have no doubts that both Pieology and Rise will take off the moment people get word of their openings. Both are active on social media, too. Check them out, and let me know what you think!

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