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Unusual Eats: Wu Pie (Whoopie!)

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Unusual Eats: Wu Pie (Whoopie!)
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Finally, there’s a place in town that makes a pizza in Wu-Tang Clan flavor.

Yellow Brick Pizza rolled out a brand new pizza in September: Wu Pie. It is a Wu-Tang Clan inspired pizza, a collaboration between the pizza joint and fellow clan fan (and iconic local chef) Marcus Meacham.

Reflecting the group’s debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the pie has 36 ingredients. The chalkboard in the front of the house lists them as follows:

  1. Pulled pork
  2. Chicken
  3. Hanger steak pepperoni
  4. Mozzarella
  5. Smoked Mozzarella
  6. Pickled red onions
  7. Minced Garlic
  8. Soy Sauce
  9. Hennessy
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Basil
  12. Oregano
  13. There’s no 13, that probably means something
  14. Salt
  15. Pepper
  16. Water
  17. Yeast
  18. Flour
  19. Hoppin Frog Frog Hops to Amoger Ale (I may have transcribed this wrong) 
  20. Cilantro
  21. Fried chicken skins
  22. White pepper
  23. Hemp seeds
  24. Sesame seeds
  25. Sesame oil
  26. Pear puree
  27. Minced ginger
  28. Carrot
  29. Green onion
  30. Sugar
  31. Unami powder
  32. Olive oil
  33. Chile flake
  34. Garlic powder
  35. Onion powder
  36. Black sesame seeds

To be candid, in spite of several Google and Wikipedia searches, and also a Wu-Tang Clan listening binge, the symbolism for all these 36 ingredients is not entirely clear, outside of the hemp and the Hennessy.

That said, it is a good pizza. The Yellow Brick team has pie skills that turn out dependable excellence in terms of a chewy crust. The little meaty chunks in the toppings are distributed throughout. Occasionally, there’s a fun fried nugget of chicken skin (think popcorn chicken). The pizza boasts a mild, vaguely Asian sweetness that merges shockingly well with the layer of mozzarella.

Plus, it has a cute little bonus: a Wu-shaped (looks like the bat signal), cheesy crust cut-out on top.

Can Wu-Pie unseat the longstanding local love for classic pepperoni and sausage pizzas? The jury is out, but it definitely has a better story.

Yellow Brick Pizza can be found at 892 Oak Street. It opens Mondays through Saturdays at 11am. On Sundays, it opens at noon.

For more information, visit www.yellowbrickpizza.com.

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