Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pizza Pie Cafe

A bit of Rexburg has found its way to Provo. Pizza Pie Cafe, a pizza buffet, opened recently in what used to be a Chi Chi's Mexican restaurant (hence the Aztec-looking building), then a Tony Roma's, then another BBQ place that never got reviewed here. I was starting to think that this was another of Provo's retail "black holes." But I'm predicting that PPC will become a Provo tradition.

PPC is modeled after Craigo's Gourmet Pizza in Rexburg. This began as a student pizza dive just off the campus of Ricks College. Then it went upscale (as upscale as a pizza buffet can) and moved to the north end of town on the highway. Now there is PPC in Provo. Inside, the restaurant is all shiny and new--the expensive remodeling really paid off. There are flat screen TVs (thankfully with the sound turned down) in strategic locations--even in the bathrooms.

PPC offers a wide variety of pizza and pasta, and it's always hot and ready. The crust is thick and chewy, and I think it's a sourdough. Sometimes the crust tastes kind of sweet. Pizza purists may not be happy with it, but it's a great family place. (Much better than Doc's Pizza Buffet, which is now out of business. Doc's started to get a little run down towards the end.) You know you've got a bit of Idaho when you try the Spud-o-licious pizza--pizza with sliced potatoes on top. (Hey, purists, when I was in Italy this summer, I also had authentic Neopolitan pizza with sliced potatoes. So is it Idaho or is it Italy?)

Pizza purists will still want to walk over to Niccoitalia for authentic east-coast pizza, but if you want to feed a crowd of hungry teenagers, PPC is the place.

1 comment:

AnneMarie said...

1) There's no TV in the women's restroom. (whoever heard of a tv in a public bathroom anyway?)

2) There's also a decent salad buffet--I always like to start with salad at this kind of place, so that's good for me. There's more than a few choices, so that's good too.

3) The spud-o-licious was pretty good--different, but good. It was kind of a cross between a loaded potato and the pizza I had in Italy with potatoes, rosemary, & white cheese (oh, that was SOOOO good!!)

4) PPC also has dessert pizza-- about 4 or 5 choices. Decent tasting.

5) Lunch is $6.49 and Dinner is $6.99, drinks (Pepsi products) are only $1.29.