PI Pizza & Bistro a Great Find in Falmouth
A great pizza named for a Greek letter
I've got a great gig going for my restaurant reviews for Cape Cod Today. My Mom, local inkeeper and edible flower expert Donna Stone, has agreed to take me to lunch once monthly to anonymously review a new restaurant in Falmouth.
I get a free meal and the opportunity to write about it and share what I find with you, and Mom gets to spend time with her favorite son. Sorry, K.C.
Anyway, our latest jaunt was another first visit for me, to the PI Pizza Bistro on Davis Straits in Falmouth, just a bit down from the Stop & Shop lights heading into Falmouth Village. I had been by this bright and cheery building nestled one of Falmouth's busiest stretches of Route 28 many times, and remember when it opened years ago, but I had never made the trip up the stairs into the interior of this eclectic "neighborhood bistro," named after the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet. I am glad I did.
What was in store was undoubtedly one of the most interesting and delightful meals I have ever had. PI is not your typical downtown pizza joint where you bask in the naughtiness of greasy pizza that requires a series of napkins to soak up the excess oil (although those hold permanent residence in my culinary hall of fame). The sticky table, though, was a reminder of some of those spots.
The menu is varied but not different for different's sake. Chef-Owner Michael Fitts has carefully chosen his featured items with a keen eye for unique combinations that pique your interest and please your pallete.
I started out with the wild mushroom and chicken soup. It was piping hot - the first sign that the kitchen has its act together - and full of large chunks of real chicken and savory slices of mushrooms. More important, the flavor was a nice blend of both main characters, and was a simple and delicious start to my mid-day meal. My lunchmate had the house salad, which features local greens from Hatchville's Coonamessett Farm, cranberries, feta cheese, pears, and pecans. I had a taste - what a treat to have these unexpected salad mates together! This signature beginner is a great example of PI's creativity that pays handsome gastronomic dividends. Each visitor is also treated to a sampling of PI's specialty appetizer - pieces of warm flatbread brushed with olive oil and topped with carmelized onions and melted cheese - yum!
Our main course was next. Mom thoroughly enjoyed a cheeseless pizza with carmelized onions and fresh basil (which they were happy to make with her diet restrictions). It featured a crunchy and perfectly-cooked crust, and my sample of the sauce was bubbling with flavor and light on the acidity.
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I feasted on the 3.14 (the numeric value of PI for you journalism students) Chicken Sandwich. This symphony of flavors was indeed an ode to joy on Davis Straits: huge slices of juicy fresh chicken breast topped with thick apple smoked bacon, carmelized pear slices and cheddar cheese, finished with a lemon aioli which added the perfect citrus zest to this luncheon chef d'oeuvre. The sandwich (it almost seems a shame to call it something that simple) was accompanied by crispy and tasty sweet potato fries (Sweet potatoe fries when Dan Quayle visits), and a generous helping of the Coonamesset greens. I cannot remember ever ordering or seeing any dish that offered such an unexpected combination that came together like a perfectly edible mosaic. Like the value of PI that continues into infiniti, this luncheon treat will be with me always.
I must go back to sample some more - I've told friends and neighbors about my experience and they have raved about the pizza. PI also offers entertainment and catering. Their website features the full lunch and dinner menus and navigates easily to find other interesting facts about the restaurant and its namesake. Take out is available either online, or by calling (508)495-5553.
Now that our restaurant visits have become a tradition, Mom and I will be visiting a new spot every month and will share our results with you. It will take something spectacular, though, to top this one. Good thing I'm such a sport and am willing to try!