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Project Pie
An aspiring pizza empire hits Hillcrest

San Diego

Also a common follow-up endeavor for losers on Project Runway, Project Pie's the passion project of a Ninja Turtle-level pizzaphile so displeased by the category's general offerings that he pioneered his own fast-casual pizza concept that's popping up in SD with the second location of a planned empire.

Aside from this massive, street-facing community bar, the counter-ordering joint's stocked with a few four-tops and has a minimalist design meant to reflect the style of the neighborhood.

Inspirational/ famous/ funny quotes cover everything from the windows... to the walls! Actually, just the walls. Two of them, specifically.

Baked to perfection in roughly 2mins, each pie starts with their super-secret custom pizza dough made extra-thin via a modified tortilla press, then gets doused with their secret-recipe, housemade red sauce, and then piled with any of nine ingredient combos like this #2, sporting mozz, pepperoni, mild Italian sausage, crumbled meatballs, and garlic.

If their nine options make you say “nein”, go all custom with 20+ toppings for personalized pies like this sauce-less mix of artichoke hearts, sliced tomatoes, red onion, mozzarella, and dollops of pesto.

If you only eat salads that start with a less-healthy word, check out this Pizza Salad with grilled chicken, mixed greens, Gorgonzola, tomatoes, and olive oil on fresh-baked dough.

Because you should always follow your pie with... more pie, they'll also cook up sweetness like this Nutella & banana number finished off with powdered sugar, helping you transition into Project Diabetes.

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1. Project Pie 3888 4th Ave, Hillcrest , CA 92103

The second location of this artisan pizza slinger's in Hillcrest, and serves up pies like a prosciutto, caramelized onions, mozz, and parm number. You can also build your own 'za.

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