March 14th is Pi Day. The one day each year where numbers and pastries unite for the ultimate in number (and crust) crunching. March 14th represents the first two decimal places of Pi (3.14) and because it is a homonym for pie, the pastry in the English language, it is a fun reason to enjoy both pie and pi. If you are looking to celebrate Pi Day with a tasty, flaky pastry, here are some great bakeries in Pittsburgh where you are sure to find your favorite.
5525 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Although Prantl’s is famous for making a fantastic burnt almond torte, the bakery, located in Shadyside also creates delicious cakes, pastries, and pies. You can enjoy an apple, blueberry, or cherry fruit pie with a tender, flaky crust. If you are looking for something different, try the caramel apple nut pie with crumble topping. It is sure to wow the crowd at your Pi Day party.
531 Allegheny Ave.
Oakmont, PA 15139
If you are looking to add some variety to your Pi Day, try a pie from Oakmont Bakery. This bakery has cream pies and fruit pies to choose from. If you just can’t decide, order a selection of mini pies in lemon, chocolate, banana or coconut and try a little of everything. Add some fresh fruit tarts for an extra bit of spring flair.
Priory Fine Pastries
528 E. Ohio St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Priory Fine Pastries in the north side is a great place to find delicious cakes, cookies and pastries. The bakery also has a nice selection of classic pies to choose from. You can enjoy apple, cherry, or raspberry if you are a fan of fruit pies. There’s also key lime, banana, or chocolate peanut better if cream pies are more your speed. No matter which pie you choose it will be created fresh for you to enjoy on Pi Day.
The Pie Place
1775 N. Highland Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
If you live in the south hills, The Pie Place is certainly the top place to go for a pie, though they have many more tasty pastry options. The Pie Place offers 12 fruit pies on the menu including the hard to find mince meat plus cream filled pies and mini tarts. Try egg custard, key lime, or Swiss chocolate. If you have a little one celebrating a birthday on Pi Day, the Pie Place is the perfect place for a birthday party with friends.
Pastries A La Carte
81 Clairton Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Pastries a la Carte has a wide selection of pie options to choose from. If you are looking for something a little different, you can find it there. There are classic favorites such as key lime and chocolate plus some harder to find favorites such as fresh strawberry with whipped cream. You can also find tasty combination pies such as apple caramel pecan toffee pie and apple cranberry walnut pie. These are the perfect complex pies to enjoy while you ponder the complex thing that is pi itself.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.