Pizza Inn recently launched a spin-off called Pie Five Pizza, which offers build-your-own personal-sized pizzas in less than five minutes. A location just opened up at Belt Line and the Tollway (right behind Far North Dallas’ third In-N-Out Burger, which looks to be opening any day now. As if anyone cares anymore).
Pie Five is just Pizza Inn in a fancier package. So, if you like Pizza Inn …
On the day I went, the restaurant was blaring loud, obnoxious music. Call me an old fogie, but I don’t enjoy having to shout my order, which was a lengthy one considering you dictate the type of crust, sauce, cheese and unlimited toppings. Pie Five serves 9-inch pizzas at $6.49 a pop (specialty pizzas cost more). A bit much considering I could get a pizza triple the size for around $10 at some other chain or, better yet, a locally owned pizzeria with a nicer atmosphere.
But there’s a lot to like here, too. Pie Five has a great selection of toppings, and you can load up on as many as you want. I ordered the pan crust with Tuscan marinara, mozzarella, chicken, spinach and roasted onions and peppers. Then I had them top it off with feta when it came out of the oven. Pretty good for five minutes.
The place was packed with happy diners – lots of young families – who seemed to really like the concept. It’s a great way to mix it up if people can’t agree on one type of pizza. However, it still doesn’t beat out my favorite neighborhood BYOB spots like Bacci’s, Pizza by Marco and Besa’s Pizza and Pasta.