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Pieous: Pizza, Pastrami, and Pie made with love

5 February 2013 5,746 views 6 Comments

Pieous, a wonderful little restaurant serving amazing made-with-love food is opening on 290 West sometime later this week, and I highly recommend you check it out!

The restaurants is located at 12005 Highway 290 West towards Dripping Springs, about twenty five minutes from downtown Austin towards Dripping Springs. I recently met the owners, Josh and Paige, through various friends that we have in common, and have had the opportunity to check out their space and taste their food a couple times in the past few weeks.

How to find it: Plug it into your Google Maps, duh. But to give you an idea of where it’s located, its on 290 West, 10 minutes past the Y in Oak Hill (if you’re coming from Austin). Once you pass Fitzhugh road, it’s just another minute down the road and it’s on your left in between a gas station and 290 West Club. If you see the Nutty Brown Cafe, you’ve gone too far. Here’s the sign:

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Josh, the owner, took over the property from the folks who used to run it as a BBQ joint, and he remodeled the inside himself, keeping the outside facade pretty much the same. The walls are all painted to be used as a chalkboard, with Pieous signage and inspirational sayings throughout. However, this corner is the one that is most popular with the kiddos because they can express their own artistic side. It’s going to be popular with parents too, who get a chance to visit with their friends while their spawn are kept occupied nearby.

You can write on the walls!

You can write on the walls!

Josh has been baking bread for years, and even travels with his sourdough starter! His lovely loaves are used for deli sandwiches made with Josh’s house-made pastrami or house-made mozzarella cheese.

Sourdough

Sourdough

This is Paige, Josh’s lovely and warm wife, and the creator of the salads, dressings, and many of the delicious desserts on the menu. She is also a lawyer and mother to their three children, who are six and under. This is a busy, busy family!

Paige with a big salad

Paige with a big salad

Pieous makes their fresh mozzarella daily.

Housemade Mozzarella with Basil and Olive Oil

Housemade Mozzarella with Basil and Olive Oil

Josh making a fresh pizza pie, and follows his own advice. He moved to Austin five years ago from Los Angeles, and he is originally from the Minneapolis area. Before opening Pieous, he was a CPA, and then was in the music business.

Josh Follows his Passion

Josh Follows his Passion

Check out that delicious pepperoni pizza, but be sure to also try the bacon bleu. For vegetarians, when we were there, Josh made a Brussels sprout pizza that was delicious as well.

Pepperoni

Pepperoni

An unexpected surprise was the house-made pastrami! The folks who owned the BBQ joint left Josh their smoker, and he decided not to let it go to waste. The pastrami was a sleeper hit, and one of the highlights of our first visit. Served on Josh’s sourdough bread with house-made pickles and slathered with mustard, it got my serotonin flowing!

Slicing House-smoked Pastrami to go with House-made Pickles

Slicing House-smoked Pastrami to go with House-made Pickles

And DEFINITELY save room for dessert at Pieous — or take some to-go. They offer delicious pies, in keeping with the theme, and we sampled a blueberry pie that was packed with fruit and flavor. One of my favorite items was a strawberry oat bar (not pictured), and we also sampled their delicious tiramisu.

Pies (Photo courtesy of PIEOUS)

Pies (Photo courtesy of PIEOUS)

And, you need to order a cookie, which are truly “as big as your face” (as advertised), soft and delicious. Here’s my friend Mia taking a bite:

Chocolate Chip Cookies as Big as Your Face

Chocolate Chip Cookies as Big as Your Face

Pieous serves wine and beer on tap, as well as soft drinks. Entree personal pizzas will start at around $10, but they haven’t listed their pricing yet. To be among the first to find out when they are opening, like them on Facebook. And when you go, let me know how you like it!

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  • Sarah

    OMG I can't WAIT to try this place!!!!! Lovely and enticing write up, Jodi! :) You sold me, Sister…Buck and I will be darkening their door step the minute they open. Thanks for turning us onto this lil gem.

  • Linda Bart

    This looks like one of the best places to eat in Austin. Put this number one on the list when I come into town. The pastrami sandwiches look yummy and that cookie Mia is eating looks delicious!!!

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  • shef

    going there this weekend! gonna try that brussels sprouts pizza!

  • shef

    going there this weekend! gonna try that brussels sprouts pizza!

  • shef

    going there this weekend! gonna try that brussels sprouts pizza!