Hot Pie Pizza City Place West Palm Beach

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Hot Pie Pizza City Place West Palm Beach

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Just got back from trying out a new place that opened near Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach, named Hot Pie Pizza.  Upon walking into the place I was pretty impressed with the decor and layout of the restaurant.  They had a full bar in the front by the door and windows, and a row of booths to the narrow corridor on the left.  We were greeted by an amazingly friendly server, who also happened to be the bar tender.

The place was empty besides us on this day, primarily due to the tropical wave that was unloading what seemed like an ocean of rain.  Although I was soaked, and freezing, no storm was going to stop me from trying a new "coal" place in town.  We ordered a large pie, half plain and half with mushrooms.  In a pretty firm way, I told the server to make sure she tells the pizza guy to separate the mushrooms from the plain half.  From the photos above you can see how effective that was.  If this waitress wasn't so awesome and bubbly, I might have been more pissed.  She reminded me of a character you would find on the hills, or the OC or something.  Very cute, with a smile that never quit.  Anyways, my wife would probably want me to stop at this point so I will.

To further investigate the coal oven claim, I peaked inside the oven to see that half of it was filled with coal, but the other half was gas or electric lit?

hotpiepizza.jpgAs you can see by the photo, and the photo is pretty accurate to what I saw, the coal wasn't even lit and almost appears just for show?  Maybe it was early in the day and it didn't get hot, but until I see it a second time, I am not going to be able to say that they actually cook with coal.

When the pizza came out, it was of course non segregated, and quite a bit of the mushrooms were on my plain half, which caused me to have to cut away some of the tips of my slices.  Why couldn't they just follow the directions I gave them.  Actually, why did they need directions at all?  It should be an unspoken rule that when a pie is ordered with half toppings, that they make sure the other half is without that topping.  It is the kind of thing you find happening in places where the pizza cook doesn't really put the time and effort to ensure a good pizza experience.

The crust was good here, and the cheese was so melted and gooey that I couldn't get enough of it hot.   The sauce was pretty decent, and I don't really have anything good or bad to mention about it.  Just wish I could have enjoyed the slices without having to pick off mushrooms.  Kind of made me biased.

Hot Pie Pizza is not related to Fire Rock Pizza in downtown West Palm Beach.  It is an employee who left and started his own.  Hot Pie has a really cute back room that would be great for a private party, or even a PizzaTweetup, which I mentioned to the waitress, but never heard from the owner about.  Guess they don't need the extra business, and exposure that comes with our events.

Hot Pie Pizza gets 5 out of 8 slices, and I will definitely return to try it again.

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16 Responses to “Hot Pie Pizza City Place West Palm Beach”

  • awormus wrote:
    20 Aug 2009 at 10:34 am

    John Ries owned Firerocks for a couple years before starting Hot Pie Pizza – so there is a pretty solid connection between the two places.

  • Jeff wrote:
    09 Sep 2009 at 9:09 am

    Your comments on the oven are absolutely wrong. It is a true coal fire oven, coal does not burn like wood, so a blaze is not necessary. Stick your head in the oven next time and see if its burning.

  • tony luciano wrote:
    12 Sep 2009 at 10:28 am

    nice place but bad pie im sorry not to happy im going back to pizza de roma now thats a real pie

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    12 Sep 2009 at 10:29 am

    Which place is pizza de roma?

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    03 Oct 2009 at 4:50 am

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  • Susan wrote:
    22 Feb 2010 at 11:23 pm

    The pizza at Hot Pie Pizza was terrific – nothing like it in the Palm Beach area – great feel and the smells were enough to make me want to try more than just pizza.

  • Ashley wrote:
    09 May 2010 at 12:25 am

    I love hot pie. They have great pizza but in this area. I order from them offen. The staff is great very friendly.

  • jason wrote:
    24 Jun 2010 at 3:20 am

    John Reis never owned Fire Rock, he couldn't cut it in a big place and now has a small shop that barely gets by. I used to love Fire Rock and enjoyed his stories for a while but I came to find out that they were just that, STORIES. I miss the real Fire Rock.

  • Pizza Fan wrote:
    05 Jul 2010 at 11:46 pm

    John was the real Fire Rock, after he left, it closed down 4 months later. Hot Pie is the best pizza in West Palm.

  • Mobazan wrote:
    10 Jul 2010 at 2:31 pm

    John Ries: Owns New York Pizza Cafe, Pizza & Stuiff and Pizza Grill, his Corp has grossed 3million in sales, I have been working with John now for 9 years and have come to find he Knows PIzza. Please “JASON” Dont be bitter…. You have know clue! You should really do your research before you speak

  • Lou wrote:
    26 Sep 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I love this place, I just moved to WPB; Great food, great service in a tough location. Not sure why you continued to piss and whine about the mushrooms…picky eaters are OK but people like you are nauseous. Looks fine to me.

  • Adam wrote:
    01 Oct 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Just so you don’t think I’m just some ignorant shmuck I helped build Hot
    Pie Pizza. The fire you see burning is gas natural or propane usually is is used to maintain the coals the oven automatically regulates the temp of the coals. Once they are at the right temp it is barely used. The coals are what gives the crust that “Old World” texture and taste. As far as the owner is concerned… John is one of the nicest guys and very open minded I’m sure the waitress forgot to tell him. If you go in there at night your sure to see him slaving away in front of that oven. The topping segregation thing I am sorry about can’t explain that. Anyways I love the pizza its not loaded with grease which is what other pizza places have to do to get that goey cheese effect.

  • Cmebling wrote:
    24 May 2011 at 6:25 pm

    writer of the article is an absolute idiot, i’ve actually spoken with the
    owner of that place before regarding their coal oven.  Not half electric,
    coal is not for show.  John is the real deal. Just wanted to get that

    Also another friend ( both who work downtown ) says: “Yeah that guy is an idiot. Hot pie by far is the best downtown. If you
    cant afford their speciality pizza than dont go out to eat.”

  • Jill D. Kaplan wrote:
    11 Nov 2011 at 8:30 pm

    This is not an establishment I would care to do business with.  They pay no attention to detail

  • Patsy G. wrote:
    07 Dec 2011 at 2:03 am

    come on its a pizza place chill out “Detail”.. Really you need a little R&R

  • Rgrafy wrote:
    16 Jul 2012 at 5:03 pm

    “pizza expert” my ARSE!
    Dude … Clueless.
    Do a little research on modern coal ovens, then pick the freakin mushroom off an shut up.
    The pizza was probably “segregated” perfectly but when a pizza cooks at high temps then cheese bubbles and things move. What should have happened is they slide your little mushroom over then make the cut, but the tip of your slice would be sans cheese. Just as your life is sans meaning.