History of The Pie
Just a few steps off the University of Utah campus and your nose starts to tingle from the rich aromas of garlic and fresh baking Pie pizza dough. The mixed aromas pick you up, swirling you past colorful murals and old brick walls dressed in graffiti. The candle lit room filled with college students and professors seems neither crowded nor uncomfortable as people flow in and out for their Pie fix of the day. The University dine in location is open until 3:00 am on weekends, The Pie's full motion Internet camera gives the world a peek at late night Pie junkies eating, drinking and sometimes even studying. The epitome of all college hangouts, you are now in what all Salt Lakers know as simply THE PIE!
You know the legend, now here's the story
The Pie Pizzeria's old brick walls, a valley landmark since 1980, continues to reign atop the "Best Pizza" lists because of the business philosophy that consistency, quality, equitable pricing and great service are the keys to success.The Pie has been affectionately referred to as "the best hidden secret in Salt Lake City". This small restaurant, located in the basement underneath the University Pharmacy, is out of sight with only one sign hidden behind a wall on 200 South 1320 East. But with good food and prices, "word of mouth" keeps THE PIE one of the busiest restaurants in the university area. Tourists and locals have found it for over 35 years, but few know its history.
The establishment was remembered by long time Salt Lake residents as Bimbos, in the Cellar in 1965. Bimbos was a pizza and pasta place where a 14 inch pizza was had for only $2.20. One of only three pizza restaurants at the time, the seats were actually wooden pews and closed on Sunday for use as a church.
In 1980, The Palmer family had a vision to turn the establishment into a great place for college students to relax, enjoy great food, study and listen to music. An immediate success, students came by the hundreds and The Pie grew from one location to five restaurants spanning Ogden to South Jordan and is still 100% family owned and locally operated today.
The Pie takes no short cuts! We believe that quality takes time. It would be a MIRACLE if you get your pizza in less than five minutes! We like to consider ourselves old school, no frozen dough or pre-shred bagged pizza cheese here. Everything at The Pie is made to order. Pizza dough is hand rolled and hand tossed the traditional way. We slice our meats, cheeses and vegetables fresh every morning. Our sauces and dressings are made in house too. We do this not because it's the new culinary trend, we do this because we have done it that way for over 35 years. To us it's more about the interaction than the transaction.
For the past 35 years, The Pie Pizzeria has been voted the people's choice by newspaper and magazine reader polls throughout Utah and was voted 7th best pizza in the nation by Citysearch.com. Feel free to come in and become a part of Pie history! Pizza lovers from all over the world have been scribbling their names on our brick walls for years.
We thank all of you for making us a permanent part of Utah's history!