When I first heard that the Maine-based bread company When Pigs Fly opened When Pigs Fly Pizzeria, I was intrigued. I was even more intrigued after reading Serious Eats’s highly favorable review. The pizzeria is located next door to the company store in Kittery, Maine. So on our way back from Portland, we stopped there for dinner. The restaurant’s decor is modern/industrial, with an open kitchen and exposed air shafts. An enclosed patio offers a quieter alternative to the bustling dining room.
When Pigs Fly bread is fun. It’s not great bread, but it’s fun bread. They churn out varieties like Mango, Pineapple, Raisin with Toasted Sesame and Ginger and Maple Walnut Banana. I was definitely curious to see how what I knew of their bread would translate to pizza.
We chose the standard Margherita: fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, basil, oregano, pecorino romano and olive oil. I could always do with a little more sauce, but I realize that more sauce would risk making a soggier slice. The cheese was flavorful and the was seasoned nicely, with little bursts of fresh basil here and there. There are also a whole host of toppings that you can adorn your pizza with.
There was a good speckling of char on the underside. My one complaint pertained to the end crust. It was a little too thick and soft for my liking. I like the exterior to be crisp and the interior slightly airy and chewy. The undercrust, though, was nicely thin and chewy.
In addition to pizza, the menu includes sandwiches, salads, fish, and burgers. They apparently used to have pork buns that came highly recommended by Andrew but for some reason they took them off the menu. For dessert, there is an ice cream sandwich trio made on When Pigs Fly’s own cookies. I so desperately wanted to try this, but after multiple ice creams and donuts earlier in the day, it wasn’t happening. This pizza was definitely good, but not stupendous. If I were passing through, I’d consider trying some of the pizzas with toppings. Now I can’t say I’ve tried any other pizza in and around Kittery, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is some of the best in the immediate area.
When Pigs Fly Pizzeria
460 US Route 1