Pie lovers, rejoice! Pi Day, which takes place on March 14 (as the date mirrors the first three figures of the symbol π) is almost here! Whether you’re planning to celebrate with a sweet pie, savory hand pie, or even a pizza pie, there are plenty of places around Chandler to recognize this fun and quirky holiday. Here are just a few:
With three Valley locations, Pie Snob in Chandler, goes above and beyond the usual flavors with a rotating menu of pies that includes caramel apple, razzleberry crumb, and butterscotch, while still offering favorites like apple crumb and key lime, sold by the pie or slice. If you can’t decide, you can opt for the Frankenpie, which features six slices of any pie flavors on the weekly menu. Pie Snob also offers all your favorite flavors in mini, four-inch versions, perfect if sharing isn’t an option!
Map: 250 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 855-1019
PIEfection prides itself on having pies made with the best ingredients made fresh, in-house every day. Their team makes everything from scratch, from their fruit fillings to the fresh whipped cream, and sources the best ingredients such as Belgian chocolate, apples from Washington state, and wild blueberries from Maine. There are also 70 variations of pie, including vegan versions (upon request) and gluten-friendly pies.
Map: 2100 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 218-7437
AZ Food Crafters
Proving savory pies can be just as delicious as the sweet ones, AZ Food Crafters offers a dozen variations of their Grip hand pies (the unique name is an acronym for “genuine, rad, individual pocket-sandos”). Flavors include the morning favorite Malibu Breakfast, filled with savory pork, grilled onions, potatoes and cheddar cheese, as well as the nostalgic Chicken Pot Pie with chicken breast, butternut squash, onion, potato, carrots, peas, celery and cream sauce.
Map: 961 W. Ray Road, Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 264-2532
No pie list (and no Pi Day!) is complete without mentioning pizza pies, one of the best loved foods in the country that’s perfect for celebrating 3/14.
Craft 64 is a downtown Chandler favorite that has a dozen pizza options, including the Honey Bee with mozzarella, parmesan, pepperoni, jalapenos and honey; the Uovo white pizza with mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta, spinach and bacon, topped with two eggs; and a rotating specialty pizza. Make any pizza your own with their assortment of toppings that range from beef meatballs to smoked onions.
Map: 68 W. Buffalo St., Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 247-3002
Bella Gusto Urban Pizzeria
Bella Gusto is the go-to for authentic Neapolitan pizzas with a creative twist. If you just can’t choose between pasta and pizza, get a taste of both with the Cacio e Pepe pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, parmesan, butter, pecorino Romano and black pepper. Or keep it simple with the Mary Margherita topped with fresh mozzarella, basil, and sliced garlic.
Map: 1964 N. Alma School Road, Chandler AZ 85224 or (480) 696-4455
Crust Simply Italian
Crust Simply Italian offers all the classic pizzas, from a New York-style with shredded mozzarella to a supreme with pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers, mushroom and black olive. Thick crust lovers rejoice because every variety can be made Sicilian style. Go all out with one of their Sicilian-style specialties, like the Big John topped with extra cheese, extra sauce, meatballs, pepperoni and sausage.
Map: 10 N. San Marcos Place, Chandler AZ 85225 or (480) 917-4903