Our love for pie is on full display at Pie Oh My!
One of the many benefits of working across from a Pi Pizzeria is the frequent reminder that our all-time favorite dessert day — Pi Day — falls on March 14, otherwise written as 3.14. Home of the 314, St. Louis has always been a special place to celebrate Pi Day, less so for the mathematical constant and more so for the opportunity to eat PIE!!!
Should we need to remind you of our love affair with pie, look no further than our Ode to Pie.
While pizza is technically considered pie, we’re only interested in the sweet kind. Feast Magazine recently gifted St. Louie residents with a wonderful write-up on six local spots to get your pie fix. Although we would have LOVED to review each of the pie bakeries for this post, our waistlines helped keep our eyes in check. This year, we decided to celebrate Pi Day in the shop that says it all, Pie Oh My.
Pie Oh My is located on Sutton Boulevard in Maplewood next to Strange Donuts. A quaint, cozy shop with seating for less than 10, Pie Oh My is a great place to spend a relaxing Saturday afternoon with life’s greatest dessert. So we did just that, sidling up to the street-facing window bar stools, sampling several varieties of pie, watching the snow fall, and taking in all the sights and sounds of the bustling neighborhood.
Although Pie Oh My recently changed ownership from Jane Callahan, who started the business in 2012, to Melennie Lorence, you’d never guess. Pie Oh My continues to roll out made-from-scratch fruit and cream pies in traditional flavors like Pecan, Cherry and Banana Cream, as well as more creative varieties such as Lemon Lavender. The shop’s rotating flavors are dictated by the season because they only use fresh, never frozen, fruit, sourcing as many local ingredients as possible.
We had the opportunity to chat with Lorence as she dished up our slices, and from what we could tell, she is the true embodiment of a baker. Baking is as much science as it is art, requiring a no-nonsense approach with a dedicated precision that leads to something as beautiful as it is tasty. Much of that can be said of Lorence. She is direct, offering few thrills outside of her delicious pies. She says what she means and adds little else outside of common courtesies. Some might construe her demeanor as cold or distant, but our experience was as a wonderful as the pie itself.
And speaking of the pie, we decided to go all in with a round of three slices, justifying that decision by calling it “lunch.” Pie Oh My also offers smaller-sized pies for those whose sweet tooth doesn’t always get the best of them. We sampled staple pie flavors including the Key Lime, Apple and Chocolate Cream.
Key Lime was the favorite of the three we sampled. The filling was smooth and velvety. The Key lime flavor was sharply tart without being sour. The last forkful was just as enjoyable as the first, something that can’t be said for all Key lime pies.
The Apple is not to be missed. The thinly sliced apples, piled high and accented with deep notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, seemed to melt into the equally thin flaky crust. We usually prefer our fruit pies to be served a la mode, but Pie Oh My’s take on this classic pie is best eaten in its simplest form.
Chocolate Cream rounded out the tart and warm flavors of the respective aforementioned flavors. A creamy chocolate filling was blanketed by a thick slather of freshly whipped cream and dotted with thin chocolate shavings. Call it comfort food in pie form.
Overall, we were most impressed with Pie Oh My’s signature paper-thin crust. Delicate enough to melt in your mouth yet sturdy enough to support its contents, the crust never falls victim to the weight and moisture of its filling.
We also were pleasantly surprised that the Key Lime, Apple and Chocolate Cream slices weren’t overly rich as pies often can be. Each seemed to rely on the ingredients alone to bring out a natural sweetness, which was most detected in the Apple. It is apparent Lorence does not use an abundance of sugar, a concept that at first seemed foreign to our taste buds, but with each bite, Pie Oh My reminded us that this is how pie should taste.
Our only hypocritical critique is that the Chocolate Cream could have been richer. When we saw it in the case, we hoped for something indulgently sweet similar to Tippin’s signature French Silk pie. We were in search of a more velvety texture similar to that of the Key Lime. Of course, that still didn’t stop us from shoveling down every last crumb.
If You Go …
Pie Oh My
2719 Sutton Boulevard
Maplewood, MO 63143