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Published May 28, 2010, 12:00 AM

Pizza eatery opens downtown

Pizza by the slice has come to downtown Fargo with the opening of a new eatery called Spicy Pie at 322 Broadway.
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Pizza by the slice has come to downtown Fargo with the opening of a new eatery called Spicy Pie at 322 Broadway.

It offers grinders, tostadas, tacos and pizza.

“This week we expanded the menu further, pulling in some appetizers and desserts,” said general manager Elizabeth Redding.

The restaurant also offers soft drinks, wine, beer, margaritas, Long Island teas and Bloody Marys.

Fargo MeritCare employees Kristen Kemmet and Karla Bergeron took advantage of the nice weather on Thursday by eating outside at Spicy Pie.

“It’s pretty good,” Kemmet said while enjoying a taco grinder. “The bread’s very good.”

“The prices are good,” Bergeron added.

Both said they liked the interior ambiance of the restaurant. “I think it’s cool,” Bergeron said.

Spicy Pie seats 72 people inside and has patio seating outside, said Redding, who graduated from Minot (N.D.) State University with a degree in business management.

The restaurant opened May 19, one day before the first Broadway cruise night packed downtown Fargo with car enthusiasts and spectators.

“I wasn’t aware of cruise night, but it went well,” Redding said. “It was busy. We were able to get our feet wet.”

Pizza by the slice was the main seller that evening, she said.

“I was somewhat surprised by what our leading toppings were. Green olives were really popular – and pineapple,” she said.

Spicy pie offers one size of carry-out pizza – an 18-incher with hand-tossed, New York-style thin crust, light on sauce and cheese, Redding said.

Fourteen topping selections are available. “We’re going to be expanding on those, also,” she said.

This is the first Spicy Pie. “They are hoping to expand more in North Dakota,” Redding said.

The Fargo restaurant employs 14 part-time workers.

“Everything in here is very unique,” Redding said. The handmade tables all carry a different theme with everything from nuts and bolts to vintage phonograph records under glass. Works by local artists decorate the walls.

“We kind of want to have this vibe of an artist’s feel, industrial feel, and pull in the sports aspect all at the same time,” she said.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

To contact Spicy Pie, call (701) 356-7437, find it online on Facebook or Twitter, or on its website, www.fmspicypie.com, which is under construction.

Readers can reach Forum Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502