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Serving more than pizza, Flying Pie to open new Boise restaurant. Here’s where, when.

Think you’re tough enough to take on Flying Pie’s habanero pizza? Think again.

Flying Pie held a private taste test event of the restaurant's annual habanero pizza. Hardcore fans who signed up on Facebook joined the pizzeria's employees in sampling four varieties.
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Flying Pie held a private taste test event of the restaurant's annual habanero pizza. Hardcore fans who signed up on Facebook joined the pizzeria's employees in sampling four varieties.

Life is about to get tastier if you’re a pizza fiend in Southwest Boise.

A sixth Flying Pie Pizzaria is being planned — this one at Elms Park Shopping Center, a strip mall across from Fred Meyer at Five Mile and Overland. The target opening date is September.

Like the recently remodeled store at 1326 S. Broadway Ave., the new location will be branded Flying Pie Pizzaria & Bistro — a full-service restaurant with a more diverse menu than a traditional pizza parlor’s. Unlike the Broadway bistro, this Flying Pie will include a full salad bar, too.

The restaurant will offer an “amazing” lunch buffet for $7.95, human resources director Kacey Bradford says, which includes the “all-you-can-enjoy” 30-topping salad bar, pizza, bread sticks and soda.

The new Flying Pie will take over two empty tenant spaces in suites 10678 and 10682 on West Overland Road. “It’s going to be pretty big,” she says. It will be anchored by a 20-seat bar top. “We plan to offer 26 taps of local beer and cider as well as local wine that can be enjoyed with our happy hour deals,” Bradford says.

The expansion will allow the Idaho chain to serve another segment of the growing Boise market, plus increase its delivery footprint. “We’ll be able to get to all those rooftops out there now,” Bradford says.

Customers who haven’t eaten at the Broadway store lately might be surprised by the bigger menu at a Flying Pie bistro. Using mostly ingredients already on hand, it includes pastas and baked sandwiches. (Try the Leaning Tower of Pizza: Pepperoni and fresh basil topped with cheesy tomato sauce on Texas toast.) There also are starter options such as meatballs and chicken wings.

Flying Pie has become a Boise institution over four decades. And lately, it’s grown. In addition to reinventing its Broadway parlor in 2017, Flying Pie opened a new Nampa restaurant last year with a self-pour beer wall.

It’s hard to imagine Southwest Boise residents being anything but stoked about Flying Pie giving it a whirl in their neighborhood.

“There’s a lot of people out that way that would love to come and see us,” Bradford says, “and have some delivery out there as well.”

Online: flyingpiepizza.com.

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