Recently we paid another visit to The Pie Factory in historic downtown Florence for a late lunch. We’ve eaten at The Pie Factory several times and have never been disappointed in the food or service.
Our pizza selection for the day was ½ cheese (Savory Tomato Sauce & Mozzarella cheese) and ½ Aretha Franklin (Ranch Glaze, Grilled Chicken with Ranch Glaze, Jalapeños, Frank’s Hot Sauce, Red Onion, Chives with Gorgonzola & Mozzarella cheeses). This is our favorite pizza to order.
According to their website, The Pie Factory makes their own dough in house daily, and you can choose from a variety of savory sauces and cheeses with the freshest toppings available. You can choose from one of their specialty pies, or create your own unique masterpiece. And remember these are New York style pizzas and they will taste a lot different than pizzas from the assembly line take-out pizza factories.
The Pie Factory also offer a robust selection of craft and small-batch beers both in bottles and on tap with an emphasis on craft beers brewed right here in Alabama.
To hold me till my pizza was ready, I ordered a schooner of Singing River I.P.A. (India Pale Ale) which is from the new Florence Brewery. The I.P.A. is described as a light amber colored ale, dry and bitter with a pleasant malt backbone followed by an intense citrusy hop flavor and aroma. Ingredients include British ale yeast, American Pale Ale, German Vienna & British Carastan malts, German Spalt and American Apollo hops, dry hopped with Apollo and Hopsteiner Experimental 05256 hops. (6.2% A.B.V.). I can appreciate the flavor of an I.P.A. beer but usually one of the I.P.A.’s is all I want.
When Elle, our server, delivered the pizza to the table I ordered a glass of Truckstop Honey Brown Ale, brewed by Back Forty Beer Co. out of Gadsden, Alabama. to go with the pizza. It is a medium body English brown ale brewed with Alabama Wildflower Honey from Hokes Bluff, Alabama, roasted Honey, Crystal, Chocolate, Two Row malts and fresh Apollo and Willamette hops. The balance of sweet wildflower honey and earthy hop aromas come through in ever glass. (6% A.B.V.) The Truckstop Honey paired up very well with my Aretha Franklin Pizza.
Now as to the pizza itself, as always it is a taste sensation that will have your taste buds exploding from the combinations of the ingredients and the heat from the Jalapenos and Frank’s Hot Sauce.
Debra can’t tolerate the spiciness of the Aretha Franklin ingredients so she always gets the plain cheese pizza. I’ve eaten a slice or two of the plain pizza and it is taste really good just for a basic pizza.
Since The Pie Factory has opened we’ve not had pizza from any other Pizzeria in the area. It’s just that good. Service is top-notch and on this visit we had a delightful chat with Elle Ann our server while waiting on the our pizza.
The standard pizza will feed up to four adults, and we always have to get a to-box to carry some home. It is delicious re-heated the next day so it’s really two meals in one.
If you’ve not been to The Pie Factory, then you owe it to yourself to go taste some of the best Pizza in the Shoals area.
Written & photographed by Dave Reasons
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