Recently here in Portland, a Pizza chain called Pieology opened up. There are several locations around the west coast, including a few here in the Northwest. See all the locations. The chain has an interesting concept, and I had to try it and let you know what I thought.
Basically it is like Subway, but for pizza. Each pizza is only about 11 inches, where each person gets to decide what kind of sauce, and each of the toppings (they offer unlimited toppings for the same price). The pizzas are then put through an oven and served individually.
As you can see from my picture above, I ordered mine with many different meats, including Pepperoni, Sausage, Chicken, Ham, and Bacon. I paid about $7.00.
My only complaint was the dough seemed too thin, which also caused the crust to be burned around the edges. The ingredients were great quality, however I could have used a bit more cheese melted across the top. The red marinara sauce was good, and I was especially impressed with the number of toppings and flavor combinations. I didn’t try again, but they do have extra “flavor blasts” which are different sauce drizzles over the top (such as hot sauce or olive oil).
Because of the crust, the pizza was a bit droopy, and it needed to be eaten with a fork, which isn’t ideal, but I won’t complain too much. The flavors were better than a regular pizza from Little Ceasers or Dominos, however because of the thin crust, this pizza wasn’t near as filling for the price.
All in all, I give Pieology a 3.5 out of 5. Pieology won’t compete with a regular pizza chain, and I don’t think it is meant to. It is trying to compete with other resturants like Subway, Jimmy Johns, Chipotle and other “personal portion” fast food places.
I probably wouldn’t go there again on my own, but if a bunch of people from work wanted to grab Pieology for lunch, I’d join. It is pretty good, and a very interesting concept to check out.