This one of those stories that reminds us why this life is an amazing ride. It’s a roller coaster alright. There’s lots of twists, turns, and all those other events that remind me us that everything is right with the world, and it can a magical place, if you let it. If you let yourself go and let things come to you. you will attract certain people, events, and situations in your life, and it will become second nature.
I want to believe this is what happened here.
After what seemed like any other day of hanging out in the Fells Point neighborhood (my Fells Point pizza history can be found here) of Baltimore, a dear friend noticed new signage, for a new business that literally opened up a few days ago. If I hadn’t seen this, I would have walked by and not thought anything of it. Not yet at least. In time I would have gotten to Pie in the Sky, but timing is everything.
The time is now. The moment is now. These windows of opportunity come and go, without us even realizing it most of the time. But when you see it, it’s time to seize it.
I promise I will get to the actual pizza itself shortly.
From the outside looking in, the business itself didn’t actually look open. I saw a gentleman on his laptop and another person hanging around the kitchen it seemed. Now you see soft openings, friends and family openings, and in other instances you just see people preparing and setting up for when a place actually is ready to open to the public, for everyone’s enjoyment.
So yes, I almost didn’t walk in. I’ve made so many hesitations in my life, so many times where I could have done this or that; the could’ve, would’ve, and should’ve scenarios that go on in a person’s life. And there’s been so many instances where I didn’t walk in somewhere or take a chance because a place, or door, or opportunity seemed closed. It’s all perception and it’s all what’s going on in my head, not with the outside world. The outside world exists yes, but it’s not my world or your world.
See what I’m saying? We can carve our own realities and imprints in this lifetime. We can create memories, situations, and alter the course of our lives, with just a few simple decisions, changes, and maybe branching out of our comfort zones.
While it might just be a pizzeria or restaurant, to me this was something bigger than me, bigger than ourselves, and bigger than anything I can quantify.
So I walked in…
Something hit me, I felt compelled to explain what it is that I do. So yes, the place was open, and all those unwarranted fears subsided.
I met Murat, the owner and he could have not been more gracious and helpful in coming up with what to write about for this blog. It was so gratifying.
He let me take a tour of the kitchen and the ovens, where he simply explained that he makes all the sauces and pizza dough himself. The olive oil is genuine, the toppings are the real deal, and so is the entire energy of this place.
I was flattered that Murat would give me the opportunity to explore this beauty of a restaurant and give me some insight into what he wants to do, plans to do, and where he’s been in the past.
This is where things get crazy, but in a good way.
He told me that he also runs a pizza place further up in Northern Baltimore, and while this is going on, I’m starting to sense where this is going. That weird feeling of anticipation about what he’s about to say. And when he mentioned Toss, I just had this freaking out moment (once again in the best way possible), because I’ve told people that Toss (review is here, and man where did three years go, and my writing style has evolved…) is one of the best pizza places in Baltimore, and one of the best pizza places in Baltimore that many don’t even know about.
It’s one of those things where Toss is a secret to many, but a secret that’s meant to be shared and shared with the universe.
And now it’s time to share how amazing Pie in the Sky truly is.
Based on our conversation, and what I ate at Toss (the pies are similar and that’s an absolutely beautiful thing), Murat made me a half chicken pesto and half portabella mushroom pie, that is one for the ages and one for the books, or those top lists people like to make sometimes, haha.
When the vibe is going well, the pizza (or anything) is going to taste, feel, and hit you that much better. This is what happened here.
And I’m honored and grateful that Murat would make a half-and-half for me of this magnitude and with this precision, love, and care. It makes me feel good writing about this and sharing this with you.
This pizza is incredible.
But it’s not just because of the organic ingredients, the dough, the crust, the sauce, the toppings, (gluten free and vegan options are also available), and everything other little detail. It became from a place of soul, of kindness, and of heart. And that’s just as, if not more important to the actual food or substance itself. There’s a different kind of character, soul, and substance that can’t be measured nor should it be.
This was an experience I’ll remember forever, and one that almost didn’t happen. Thinking about that gives me chills, goose bumps, and a feeling of relief. I’m so happy and grateful this happened.
If you’re in the Fells Point area, I strongly recommend a visit to Pie in The Sky. If it’s great this early, I can only imagine the incredible heights this place is headed to.
I’m grateful to Murat for his hospitality, grateful to the universe, and grateful to my dear friend for suggesting I write about it, and take the plunge.
Pie in the Sky is going to be massive. It’s a secret and gem, that I’m honored to share with you. And I’m honored to say, there at the beginning…
Peace Be With You.