Jihye Chang

Spicy Pie – Good (&Cheap) pizza in Downtown Fargo

Downtown Fargo now has a new pizza place – and it’s got good, cheap pizza, too!

Spicy Pie is a new pizza restaurant on the corner of 4th Ave N. and Broadway in downtown Fargo, where a.k.a. men’s clothing store used to be.  That corner has been under construction for a while, and then I saw it buzzing with people just a few days ago. It was closed on Sunday, so I checked it out today (Monday, May 24, 2010) with my husband.

First of all – it’s not a fancy or gourmet pizza restaurant, although the interior is quite nice with the brick walls and cool tables. There are a lot of TVs, too. Their menu is pretty simple: you can order either pizza by the slice or create your own whole pizza with basic toppings (sausage, salami, pepperoni, bacon, Canadian bacon, olives, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, pineapples, green and black olives, jalapenos, and anchovies).  They also offer a few sandwiches (“grinders”), tacos, and tostadas. That’s all. Oh, and a few beers on tap (Blue Moon, Flat Tire, etc.), cocktails and mixed drinks, and some wine options. You order and pay for your food at the counter, then get your number, and the server brings your food to your table in about 5 minutes.

At first I was quite disappointed that they did not have pizza margherita or any special pizzas with unusual toppings. So I ordered a slice of pizza with onion and pepperoni. My husband ordered a slice with pepperoni, mushrooms, and black olives and another with japaleno and sausage. And we were both pleasantly surprised at the quality of the pizza. The dough was thin in the middle and fluffy at the edge. It was very tasty without being oily or soggy at all. Also the tomato sauce was very simple and  delicious – it’s like smeared whole tomatoes on the dough rather than a thick sauce with dried herbs and other ingredients. It was not salty or grossly sweet. I loved it! (They had a lot of big cans of “Alta Cucina” tomatoes on display: this is a canned plum tomato for restaurants.) The only quibble was that the sausages were too big, and they were more like meatballs. However everything else was far better than any other pizzas we have eaten in this area, except Stella’s. I even went back for dinner and got a slice of mushroom and onion. The onions were sprinkled more evenly than what I had for lunch. 🙂

And the best part is the price. A slice of pizza with tomato and cheese for $2! Additional toppings are only 25 cents each. The slices are quite big as you can see in my picture. Canned soda is $1. I am sure the beer and cocktails are priced nicely as well.

Usually great things are not cheap, and Spicy Pie is no exception. Their great pizza at a very low price comes with a small problem – they serve everything on a paper plate, and there is no real silverware in the restaurant besides the cooking tools. I would be happy to pay $1 more if that would help them serve on a real plate. I mean, it would still cost only $4 to get a big slice of pizza with four toppings..!! According to an excerpt from InForum, this is a “New York style pizza restaurant” opened by a company in Minot, N.D.

Anyways. Within just a few days of opening, this restaurant seems to have attracted quite a lot of young people and families. It was packed both at lunch time and dinner time today. Their website is www.fmspicypie.com, but there is nothing up yet.

Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm

Friday and Saturday: 11am – 2am

One more thing to love about downtown Fargo, I would say.

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2 Responses to “Spicy Pie – Good (&Cheap) pizza in Downtown Fargo”

  1. Chad | May 25th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Jihye,
    I’ve never told you this in person, but I stumbled on your blog when Googling some local restaurant a while back, and I absolutely love it! I’m about to try Spicy Pie on Broadway for some late-night eats. I Googled it for the hours, and your blog not only listed the hours, but also everything else I needed to know about the place. THANKS a million! The restaurants are definitely one thing I will miss about F-M!
    Chad

  2. Jihye Chang | July 11th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Hi Chad – so sorry about my late reply! I only found your comment today in the “waiting approval” section, almost 2 months after you commented on this posting. Very strange.
    I hope you did go to the Spicy Pie and enjoyed their nicely priced, decent pizza..!! I went there afew times more after writing this, and it was sort of losing its quality due to the heavy customer traffic. I hope that problem is settled by now.. I have been away for 1.5 months from FM area, and I miss Silver Moon and Iabella, although I have been eating so much great food in Seoul. 🙂

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