Latest Addition to My Lunch Rotation: Pyro’s Fire Fresh Pizza
Pyro's Fire Fresh Pizza just opened up a second location on Union Avenue in midtown. Their original location is at Poplar and Ridgeway in East Memphis; I've been there several times. Every time has been great. I stopped by the new spot last week.
Inside the new Pyro's Fire Fresh Pizza on Union Avenue in Midtown. The East Memphis location is very similar.
Pyro's is fast casual, which means you order at the counter and then choose a seat in the dining room. You can choose between a personal (11 inch) pizza or a big salad. Both are $8.30 no matter what toppings you pick. You can order a "speciality" pizza or salad – one where they've already suggested the toppings – or build your own. They also have sweet and savory dough "bites" for snacking or appetizers.
The sparkly big oven at the East Memphis Pyro's.
I got a Poppy Seed Chicken Salad to eat later and a build-your-own pizza for right away. Once you go down the line and pick out your toppings, Pyro's sends your pie directly into the giant oven and then someone brings it out to your table within about five minutes. In both the East Memphis and Midtown locations, there's a spacious dining room with table and booths. Midtown has a big patio that's enclosed right now. I predict that this space will be packed come spring.
The looking in from the patio, which is enclosed right now.
At Pyro's, you have a lot of options for beverages. You can go with their fancy automated crazy soda machine and get that diet-vanilla-grape-cherry root beer I know you've been craving. Or you can try one of their coffee drinks (lattes, "pyroccinos", flavored coffees). Or you can go for their beer offerings – when I went, they had some Wiseacre, Ghost River, High Cotton, Yazoo, plus Bud Light. All of their beer is $3.70 (wow). They'll have wine soon for 4.70 a glass.
I got my pizza about eight minutes after I ordered, but other times I've been, it was perfectly on time. Their pizza is solidly good. The crust was nice and crispy, the toppings perfectly roasted/melted, and the fact that you can get whatever you want on your pizza without paying extra is something I really appreciate. Here's something else I appreciate: they are open for breakfast. Hello breakfast pizza! I had it some time ago and I give it two thumbs up.
For dinner later, I ate the Poppy Seed chicken Salad that I took to go, which came with two breadsticks. I liked the salad; I'll probably order this again. Having said that, if I wanted a truly giant salad a ton of chicken, I might have to go elsewhere and pay a few bucks more. But this was solid entree salad and everything was fresh.
There are plenty of options for vegetarians, and for a little extra, you can have vegan cheese or a gluten free crust. Go here to read Vegan Crunk's review for all the details on that. Pyro's is ADA accessible. Between the super coke machine, choosing your own toppings, and the casual atmosphere, I'd say the Pyro's is totally kid-friendly.
Both locations are open Sundays from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
I should also mention that I asked several different members of the staff a lot of questions and they were all super nice and seemed like genuinely fun people. This was the case at the Ridgeway location as well. I'm definitely adding Pyro's to my lunch and breakfast rotation.
2035 Union Avenue
1199 Ridgeway Road