Every Friday Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series called Foodie Friday. Today we feature an article from Mike Christensen.
Yet another pizza joint has opened in Alpharetta. Pretty soon, Big Creek will flood tomato sauce and the Avalon will be smothered in cheese and pepperoni.
Humble Pie has occupied the former Johnny’s location in the strip on the corner of Main Street and Windward Parkway. It’s a good location but finding parking is a chore. Try the lot out back and hike in.
Inside is a light refreshing change from the former digs. Colorful booths are along the walls and plenty of tables are scattered around. A dozen TVs are tuned to the latest sports and lots of hippy-dippy artwork will make most people think they are in the Mellow Mushroom. It’s ok, I like the Mellow Mushroom. I’ve been going there for the last 30 years. The Humble Pie employees are super nice, polite, fast and professional. I will say this though, when the place is full and busy it’s insanely loud. I had to yell at the server to place my order. Relief can be had on the outdoor patio.
Let’s talk food. The pizza is the star of course but don’t skip the hoagies and salad. The hoagies are huge and made to order. My wife had the steak with cheese. The bread was well done and the steak was tender. All hoagies come with your choice of bagged chips. Meh.
We’ve tried three different pizzas, the BLT, the buffalo chicken and the meatball with ricotta. The BLT was the worst of the three – bacon with sliced tomatoes and lettuce. The old Pepperoni’s had a BLT pizza that was bacon, chopped tomatoes and lettuce added at the end. Humble Pie’s BLT has the lettuce mixed in. It was wilted by the time we got it home to eat. Not tasty. I’ve never been a fan of sliced tomatoes on pizza. You’ve got the sauce already. It’s tomato-on-tomato crime.
The buffalo chicken pizza was pretty darn good. Chunks of chicken ride on top of a ranch sauce with red onions and bacon. The description says there was sliced celery on it but I didn’t see any. No big loss. The crust held up well under the onslaught of sauce, cheese and chicken. And yes, it was crazy spicy.
The meatball with ricotta was my favorite by far. Huge sliced meatballs dot the landscape with dollops of ricotta cheese. It’s like a lasagne without the pasta. Tons of flavor in the meatballs. I could have used either a little less ricotta or maybe have it spread around more. Biting into a mountain of creamy cheese can be a little much.
The pizzas are good, the hoagies are passable, but there is one thing on the menu that I cannot pass up whenever we go. Pretzel twists. These footlong twisted loafs of bread are covered in either garlic and Parmesan, cinnamon and sugar, or kosher salt with mustard. They’re soft, fresh and delicious. Pull them apart and share with others or be like me and keep it for yourself.
In the grand scheme of pizza, Humble Pie is above average. If it’s on your way, it’s a great little pizza joint. Not sure I would make a special trip for it. Its not their fault. There are so many pizza choices here that it’s nearly impossible to stand out. Humble Pie has a smallish social media presence. Only recently did they put the menu on the website. Only time will tell if Humble Pie Pizza Company will stay afloat in the river of pizza sauce that will surely engulf us all.