Pie Guys Pizza
Pie Guys Pizza is a relative newcomer to the Billings pizza-restaurant scene. The restaurant opened its doors earlier this year, and isn’t currently widely known among restaurantgoers, but I can verify that those who haven’t yet eaten at this establishment are definitely missing out.
On the inside, Pie Guys looks every bit the quintessential small-town pizzeria, complete with a huge stainless-silver refrigerator, glass-fronted drink coolers, and a well-used conveyor-style pizza oven. Most of the floor space is given over to the storage and preparation areas, but there is a small dine-in area, along with a park bench near the front door. Customers who choose to walk in and order pizza rather than calling ahead (as I did) will have a place to sit. There’s even a stack of complimentary Noise & Color magazines on the dining table, so if you don’t want to watch your pizza being made, you can always read.
The food is all prepared by hand; usually, those hands belong to joint owners Evan Joda and Steve Nicol. Evan and Steve both have years of experience in pizza restaurants, and though the menu may appear limited versus some of the larger pizza outlets, everything on the menu is simple and well-crafted. Pie Guys offers what could be called standard pizza-place fare, such as specialty pies, chicken wings, and breadsticks. The care that the owners take preparing the food is what sets it apart. I ordered a Carnivore pizza, size small (10”—a perfect single-serving pizza), and had it within fifteen minutes. Sure, pizza comes faster and cheaper at places like Little Caesar’s, but it cannot hope to match the quality of the food that Steve and Evan create. The ingredients are all fresh, with almost all of them made right here in Montana—for example, the pizza dough uses Wheat Montana flour, and the sausage is all Redneck brand.
The pizza itself is, in a word, excellent. The crust is thin, but not too thin; it’s firm enough to support the weight of the toppings (in the Carnivore’s case, five different kinds of meat), but still chewy. The sauce is creamy, with an interesting tangy bite, most unlike anything commonly found in restaurant pizza. The meat was juicy without dripping grease, and the toppings went ALL the way out to the edge…no wasted space. As tasty as it was, I’ve not yet sampled the whole menu—the fact that there’s still more delicious food to try makes me look forward to going back for more.
If you love delicious pizza at reasonable prices, Pie Guys Pizza is the clear choice. It’s open in time for lunch, and open late enough for dinner. You’ll find it at 3189 King Ave W, Suite 2, on Facebook, or at www.pieguysmontana.com.
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