Pizza is in Style at Piebar
Let's start with hip- the location. Piebar occupies a former retro bank site on Monroe Drive near Armour Blvd along I-85. The main building is completely round and open inside, with a covered deck that looks more like it belongs in a 70's sci-fi film than a restaurant patio. A bar takes the middle of the main floor, surrounded by plasma TVs and a good-looking crowd of 20, 30 and 40 somethings waiting for their table. Once seated, you are fairely close to the adjacent tables that you almost feel like you are seated at one large communal table. We wound up chatting with the parties on both sides of us and even exchanged phone numbers with one group (no, we are not swingers- not yet anyway).
Second, is simpicity- menu pricing. Wine is available by the glass or by bottle and is all the same reasonable price- $7 by glass, $28 by bottle. The food is organized into three areas- Create your own antipasta, Small plates, and pizzas. Again, Piebar goes the simple route on pricing- there are three different sizes for the antipasta, 4 prices for the 16 small plates, and pizzas are all the same price ($8 for half, $14 for whole). This scheme allows for trying many small things and getting a feel for the varied menu. We started with a small antipasta, which includes 3 meats and cheeses and 2 accessories. For small plates, we tried the tuna brushetta and mussels in a garlic and mint pesta broth. Our waiter also brought us some garlic knots to soak up the mussel broth. All outstanding. And the thing is, with 16 small plates to choose from, I doubt I would order the same things again as much I as I liked them.
Third, this is not your run-of-the-mill pizza. While there is the pepperoni and naked pizzas, the offerings are so diverse that you would be foolish not to be adverturous. Menu items include a rabbit, mole and cilantro pizza and a bacon, breakfast sausage and maple syrup pizza. We went with two halves- one with duck confit, blue cheese ans cilantro and one with tuna sashimi, ginger and soy jelly. They were both outstanding and would have a tough time picking a favorite of the two.
I had high expectations when I arrived last night and Piebar met them with flying colors. Its a cool scene and an ultra cool space. The food is daring and delicious at the same time. Our waiter was not only very knowledgeable about the menu but very accomodating as well. And to top it all off, it can easily be done by diners on a budget. For those looking to impress a date, go now, while you can still be considered "in the know". This place will become known by all very soon. Grade; A+.