Also a common follow-up endeavor for losers on Project Runway, Project Pie’s the passion project of a Ninja Turtle-level pizzaphile so displeased by the category’s general offerings that he pioneered his own fast-casual pizza concept that’s popping up in SD with the second location of a planned empire.


Aside from this massive, street-facing community bar, the counter-ordering joint’s stocked with a few four-tops and has a minimalist design meant to reflect the style of the neighborhood.


Inspirational/ famous/ funny quotes cover everything from the windows… to the walls! Actually, just the walls. Two of them, specifically.


Baked to perfection in roughly 2mins, each pie starts with their super-secret custom pizza dough made extra-thin via a modified tortilla press, then gets doused with their secret-recipe, housemade red sauce, and then piled with any of nine ingredient combos like this #2, sporting mozz, pepperoni, mild Italian sausage, crumbled meatballs, and garlic.


If their nine options make you say “nein”, go all custom with 20+ toppings for personalized pies like this sauce-less mix of artichoke hearts, sliced tomatoes, red onion, mozzarella, and dollops of pesto.


If you only eat salads that start with a less-healthy word, check out this Pizza Salad with grilled chicken, mixed greens, Gorgonzola, tomatoes, and olive oil on fresh-baked dough.


Because you should always follow your pie with… more pie, they’ll also cook up sweetness like this Nutella & banana number finished off with powdered sugar, helping you transition into Project Diabetes.

1. Project Pie

The second location of this artisan pizza slinger’s in Hillcrest, and serves up pies like a prosciutto, caramelized onions, mozz, and parm number. You can also build your own ‘za.


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