Pie ‘N Burger has been a locals institution seemingly forever in Pasadena, California. It is practically next door to Caltec and likely a lot of science and engineering students and teachers have had either pie or burgers or both there during its tenure. I ate their once, years ago when Judy introduced it to me, my recollection, however, was one of feeling underwhelmed with both the pies and the burgers. But it’s a cozy little embodiment of a certain genre.
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Every once in a while we make the 30 mile trek from our home to Monrovia, California for the sole reason to acquire, and devour, a “very, very thin, double pepperoni & sausage” pie at Domenico’s. This image was captured when this beauty was just out of the oven, the pie is glistening because of the pork fat and olive oil that is the signature of this pie (evident by subsequent yellow stains on napkins and shirts). The only thing comparable at Domenico’s or any other pizza parlor within a 15 mile radius is this pie with meatballs subbed for the sausage, or with fresh mushrooms added.