This is another unique mom-and-pop ethno-pizza combination along the lines of Brownsburg's Adriatic Pizza, but close by on West 38th street, just west of Georgetown Rd. His business model is similar to Eduardo's "Charlie Biggs Chicken with Filipino-on-the-side," i.e., cater to American tastes to pay the bills, but also share your own speciality on the side. In short: Indian/Pakistani Halal-Zabihah* Pizza ! The owner, from either Pakistan or India, wants the restaurant to be known as _American_ cuisine, specifically California style pizza. Their signature pizza crust is crispy on the bottom, and soft and delicate on the top. I loved the crust on the pizza I had, it was not heavy and chewy "industrial dough" like most of the big chains. The menu includes standard American pizza shop fare, cheese sticks, wings, potato wedges, curley fries, onion rings, garlic bread, green salad, Philly steak sub, New York steak sandwich, cheeseburgers, California style cheese pizzas with your selection of the standard toppings (but no pork products), oven baked chicken, and fried chicken pieces. However, the attraction for us ethnic food lovers are the Pakistani items, and the Indian style pizza with ginger. They offer chicken burgers, chappli burgers and chappli kabab, based on Pakistani recipes. Chappli is minced beef with spices. They also have a "Chicken Tikka Pizza," and an Indian style vegetarian pizza with _ginger_. I tried it, and YUM! Their other speciality pizza is a Chicken of Beef combo, with Halal-Zabihah* meat of course. (All meat served in the restaurant is Halal-Zabihah.) The Chicken or Beef combo Pizza comes with either a Red Pizza Sauce, or a Creamy Garlic Sauce. I also had the Indian style vegetarian pizza with ginger. They ask you what level of ginger spice you want. I requested "medium", but that was still enough for the ginger to have a noticeable after-bite, and lingering after-taste. But that's what I like about ginger. The toppings (mushrooms, olives, green peppers, onions, tomatoes) were cut in small pieces, but were generously applied. I'm going back to try the chicken burger and the chappli kabab. But even as a "pizza only" place, it's worth going there just for the pizza. They don't deliver at present, but do have carry out. The dining area is very large, with a large screen TV. They invite you to hold your party there, with free room rental when you order the food from them. Hours are 11am to 10pm. The dining area was clean and orderly, but without decorations. The men's room was cleaner than I expected. ----------------- * "Halal" means "permitted/allowed" [meat] (sort of "kosher") to a Muslim, and "zabihah" means it was slaughtered according to Islamic regulations.
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If it's not the crispy yet chewey crust, or the premium cheese and toppings, then it has to be either the seasoning or the sauce! I say it's one of the top three because I have two other fav's and they are equally as good, but for different reasons. I have NEVER been dissatisfied with this Pie Shoppe...Hot, fresh, and accurate every time. I should have their number in my speed dial, but I don't...wait for it....wait for it...ok, now it's in there. Every time I've ever talked to an employee, they have been informative and courteous...far underrated in my opinion! I have no reason for a fab review other than they deserve it. You could choose to think I'm full of it...and I will be...full of pizza! Oh man that was corny. Oh well, this pie is yummy! Can't wait to sink my teeth into a steamy slice! Email email@example.com for commentaries... *PS* For those of you who've never heard it, "pie" means pizza...as in pizza pie. Don't think they have the cherry variety....
This is a delivery and take-out place. They are not set up for eating there. This is absolutely the best pizza in Marion county. I'd rate it better than Bazbeaux's, though it's just not as trendy. I'd say the pizza is a cross between Bazbeaux, Chicago-style, and Papa John's in terms of quality. It's not as exotic or "specialty" as Bazbeux's, in terms of the variety of ingredients available, but the quality is there. The pizza crust is home-made perfect. It doesn't have that industrial tasteless-ness of most chains. The sauce is exactly the way I like it. It's flavorful, but doesn't burn or bite going down. The toppings are cut thick and generous. Perfect crust + perfect sauce + thick/generous toppings = Perfect pizza. I used to order regularly from them when I lived in Lawrence, and NEVER had a bad pizza or any complaint. They're across the street from Marsh on Franklin Rd, and south a couple of blocks.