Better push up those glasses and dust off your pocket protector. Pi Day arrives once again on 3.14, otherwise known as Monday, March 14. The high geek holiday celebrates the mathematical constant, but whether or not you struggled to stay awake in geometry, it’s also an opportunity to feast on your favorite pie, chicken pot pie, or even pepperoni pizza, which objectively is still pie. It might seem silly, but small local bakeries look forward to this holiday, which is right up there with Thanksgiving for sales. Many put out special menu items, and there happens to be an influx of new makers on Pastel, from proper Cornish pasties to bite-size Brazilian empadas.
So if you’re excited to nerd out this month, or at least want an excuse to eat circular pastries, here’s how to feast on sweet and savory pie this Pi Day.
Passionfruit-Lime Icebox Pie from Edith’s Pie
One of Oakland’s coolest pop-ups just joined Pastel, so you don’t have to drive across town or the bridge to get the good pie. Mike Raskin is a former savory chef, and even his sweet pies are balanced with a big squeeze of citrus and pinch of salt. The old-fashioned icebox pie pours sunny passionfruit curd into a nicely toasted and salted graham cracker crust.
Matcha Cream Pie from Stonemill Matcha
It’s a local gem, right? Stepping inside Stonemill Matcha is always like putting on glasses to enter the Emerald City, where most of the pastry case has been tinted with green tea. But even if you don’t feel like finding parking in the Mission, a bright green slice of matcha cream pie keeps shining on the other side, with its earthy-sweet custard and flaky crust.
Eastside Sweet Potato Pie from Het Say
Duy An and Hiếu may be known best for their comforting Vietnamese curries and sausages, but don’t sleep on the sweets. They’ve got a sweet potato pie with flecks of skins for extra earthy flavor and texture, with toasted coconut flakes and black diamond salt for sprinkling over the top.
Mud Pie from Pie Society
Award-winning pastry chef Angela Pinkerton has got a new pie special for March, and this one looks like a chocolate bomb. Her new mud pie stars a grandma-style graham cracker crust, chocolate hazelnut brownie base, chocolate pudding center, and coffee whipped cream topping.
Parisian Flan from Arsicault
The Bay Area is home to many egg tarts, from Chinese dan tat to Portuguese pasteis de nata, but leave it to Paris to make it luxurious. Third-generation baker Armando Lacayo is serving a Parisian flan that’s extra deep, thick with custard, flecked with vanilla bean, and torched on top.
Chicken Tikka Masala Pie from East Bay Pie Co
In buttery baby pies, have you tried East Bay Pie Co. yet? It’s an under-the-radar bakery from a couple of buddies in Berkeley, and though the pies are little, they’re rich. Co-founder Rahul Dharod is originally from Bombay, and in particular, the chicken tikka masala is a saucy standout.
Cornish Pasty from Mrs Miggins British Bakery
The Brits do love their pie, especially of the savory and sausage-stuffed persuasion. And thanks to the new Mrs Miggins, at long last, you can get a proper Cornish pasty across the Bay Area, featuring a sturdy shortcrust, crimped around gravy-doused steak, potato, and rutabaga.
Empadas Box from Cafe de Casa
These Brazilian empadas are one bite, maybe two at the most, but thankfully, they come in boxes by the dozen. The Canedo family is stuffing them with your choice of chicken, shrimp, or hearts of palm, ranging from a tender stew studded with briny olives to a cheesy veggie option.
Duck Pithivier from Maison Nico
In fancy French duck pies, Nico’s pithivier is truly stunning. It’s a pleasure dome of puff pastry, with delicate etchings and scalloped edges, and packed with a triple combo of duck breast, leg, and liver. If you’ve been waiting for a special occasion to take the splurge, perhaps Pi Day is the day.
Funghi Pizza from Pizzeria Delfina
But never forget, pizza is pie, too. And what better way to not have to cook dinner on Monday night than a trusty pie from Pizzeria Delfina. The Cal-Italian institution has several different flavors, including the fan favorite funghi, loaded with frilly Hen of the Woods mushrooms and gooey panna and fontina cheeses.
Hungry for more? These are only the highlights — there are so many more pies to peruse on the site.