Petsi Pies has all the signs of being one of those classic urban hidden jewels. Tiny. Inconspicuous location. No website.* Limited hours. And the distinct feeling, whenever you’re there, of being in a secret society. Patrons glance slyly at each other while eying the bounty behind the counter, as if to say, “Can you believe you didn’t know about this place before??”
Located on Beacon Street about halfway between Harvard and Porter, you could easily walk by it on the other side of the street and never take note of it. But any closer and you start to smell the most amazing aroma of baking things. Mostly pies: apple, sweet potato, blueberry, rhubarb, and more. But it goes far beyond pies: Cheese tarts with caramelized onions. Pumpkin cake with almond extract and cream cheese frosting. Muffins. Cookies. Scones. Whoopie-pies.
Your diet? It just ended.
Saying everything’s homemade is almost redundant. There is just no way something could be this good and not be homemade. The crusts are buttery, the flavors are perfect. Did you see the movie Waitress? Petsi (pronounced pete’see) has that same optimistic vibrancy about it. Everyone behind the counter is relaxed and cheerful, ready to admit at any moment that while they do have favorites, everything is good.
And it really is.
Overall: YYYYY (out of five)
Prices: $3 buys you a piece of pie. $6.50 gets you a small pie, and the prices go up from there.
Atmosphere: Friendly, easy-going. If you want to sit down, there is a small cafe area with three or four tables. Perfect if you want to get a cup of excellent tea or coffee with your decadence. But if there are more than two of you, get it to go.
Dress code: A belt that loosens.
Great place to bring… someone who can keep a good secret.
285 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA
*They’ve recently added a website: www.petsipies.com