Houstonians, rejoice! Pi Pizza, the highly anticipated culinary collaboration between restaurateur Lee Ellis and chef Anthony Calleo will officially open its doors for service for dinner tonight.
Expect an inventive and playful menu reflective of Calleo’s prior days slinging pies from his mobile food truck with 19 variations including The Grizzly Hawaiian, which includes (among other ingredients) pineapple, honey, "Grizzly Sauce," housemade ranch, and chicken. Look for a new creation that Calleo developed just for Ellis called Lee’s Pizza that brings together a custom combo of cheese, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and fresh jalapenos.
Though pizza gets center stage, the supporting cast of appetizers, salads, and sandwiches (from Callero’s former Sandy Witch days) are ready to entice as well with choices ranging from mac n' cheese rolls and fried Brussels sprouts to cheesesteak stromboli and chicken parm sub.
The drink menu lead by bar director Laurie Harvey runs the gamut from frozen cocktails to bottled potions and assorted beers, wines and an astonishing number of carbonated flavored juices and waters. Booze extends to desserts as well in the 21+ ice cream selections that pull in Harvey’s own recipe for the Old Fashioned plus beers from local breweries Buffalo Bayou and 8th Wonder for unique twists on the cold favorite.
Guests coming to dine at this counter-service establishment will notice design elements that tie in Calleo’s signature truck in both color and vibe. Turquoise, black, tan, and orange fill the space that offers booth, table, and bar-style seating. A focal point of one wall is the 21-skateboard art installation composed of boards commissioned by Ellis and designed by Los Angeles artist Dave MacDowell.
The restaurant opens for dinner at 4pm today with regular hours beginning tomorrow. Eater photographer Ellie Sharp stopped by for a sneak peek.