12 September, 2019, 23:22

PHOTO FEATURE: Newly opened Charred Pie serves exceptional pizza in Oro Valley

Pizza with a view... and then a movie.

Italian restaurant Charred Pie quietly opened at 12125 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 105, which previously housed Harvest Moon Chinese Cuisine.

A cousin restaurant to Harvest Restaurant, Charred Pie focuses on wood-fired pizza. House-made pastas, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and other dishes are also available.

Owner Reza Shapouri spent the past year and a half making pizzas in his backyard until he was fully confident with his recipe.

Around the time he started taking steps towards opening the restaurant, pizzaiolo Luke Smith happened to have just returned to Tucson after spending a year in Georgia. Smith is now the chef at the restaurant.

Although the restaurant has only been “soft open” a few days without advertising, word of mouth quickly spread; when we visited Monday evening, the restaurant was almost full by 6 p.m.

Located next to the Century Theatre at the Oro Valley Marketplace, the spacious patio features a glorious view of the Pusch Ridge mountains. Bar seating is also available on the patio.

Patio view at Charred Pie

Patio view at Charred Pie (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The interior features modern industrial vibes with warm wood, red walls, and steel accents. The walls feature whimsical art, such as a bicycle with pizza wheels and a Mona Lisa eating a slice of pizza.

We ate our way through about a quarter of the menu and we’re confident the restaurant will do well; the Neapolitan-inspired crust is charred beautifully, the ingredients are clearly good quality, and the staff is attentive and friendly. Their Italian cocktail menu is unique — don’t miss the delightful house-made limoncello.

The restaurant is also family friendly, so it’s sure to become a dinner-and-then-movie-next-door ritual for the neighborhood.

Charred Pie Menu Highlights

Wood Fired Bread ($6.90)

Served with burrata, charred red onion, extra-virgin olive oil, fig balsamic.

Wood Fired Bread at Charred Pie

Wood Fired Bread at Charred Pie (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Caprese Salad ($11.90)

Burrata, heirloom tomatoes, organic field greens, seasonal chutney, extra-virgin olive oil, fig balsamic.

Caprese Salad at Charred Pie

Caprese Salad at Charred Pie (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Margherita Pizza ($12.90)

Red sauce, mozzarella, basil, extra-virgin olive oil.

Margherita Pizza at Charred Pie

Margherita Pizza at Charred Pie (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pepperoni Pizza ($13.90)

Red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni. Add house jalapeño-infused honey for $1.

Pepperoni Pizza at Charred Pie

Pepperoni Pizza at Charred Pie (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Couch Potato Pizza ($13.90)

Yukon gold potatoes, mozzarella, over-easy egg, extra-virgin olive oil, rosemary, pecorino.

Couch Potato Pizza at Charred Pie

Couch Potato Pizza at Charred Pie (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Mexican Street Corn Pizza ($13.90)

Charred corn, queso Oaxaca, queso Cotija, cilantro, citrus crema.

Mexican Street Corn Pizza at Charred Pie

Mexican Street Corn Pizza at Charred Pie (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Fungi Pizza ($13.90)

Assorted wood roasted mushrooms, mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, basil, truffle oil.

Fungi Pizza at Charred Pie

Fungi Pizza at Charred Pie (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Operating hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily.

Facade at Charred Pie

Facade at Charred Pie (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Charred Pie is located at 12125 N. Oracle Rd., Ste. 105, Oro Valley, AZ 85737. For more information, call (520) 395-2232 or visit charredpie.com.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.

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