Unusual Eats: Wu Pie (Whoopie!)
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:
- Pulled pork
- Hanger steak pepperoni
- Smoked Mozzarella
- Pickled red onions
- Minced Garlic
- Soy Sauce
- There’s no 13, that probably means something
- Hoppin Frog Frog Hops to Amoger Ale (I may have transcribed this wrong)
- Fried chicken skins
- White pepper
- Hemp seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Sesame oil
- Pear puree
- Minced ginger
- Green onion
- Unami powder
- Olive oil
- Chile flake
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- 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.