Spicy Pie has mastered pizza by the slice in Fargo. The restaurant also serves grinders, tacos and appetizers, but when local office workers, college students and city cops line up to order lunch on a typical weekday, it is the slices they’re after. With an individual slice of New York-style pie costing just $2.35 and most of the 17 or so available toppings an extra 30 cents, it's easy pull a together a tasty lunch for around $5. Spicy Pie makes 18-inch pizzas, too (a basic cheese runs around $13), but the whole pies are best suited for carryout or larger groups.
Inside, the place feels like a college hangout. Yellow brick walls make a backdrop for giant television screens, T-shirts and other merchandise at Spicy Pie's original location. The restaurant is clearly set-up with efficiency in mind: The paper plates and napkins are disposable, and tables and booths are equipped with paper towels, hot sauce, Parmesan cheese and dried hot peppers. Customers in need of a quick and inexpensive lunch will probably leave well-fed and satisfied, but those seeking proper silverware and in-depth conversation with dining companions might do better elsewhere.
Spicy Pie is a relatively new addition on the Fargo pizza scene. Since launching the downtown eatery a couple years ago, two additional locations have popped up, one near North Dakota State University in Fargo and one in Minot.