Sixpence Pie Company
26 North Main St., Southington
860-681-6118 and http://www.sixpencepiecompany.com
Andie MacDowell's character in the movie "Michael" expressed in song how I feel about pie: "Pie, Me O My, I Love Pie."
So how about a place that serves dessert pies and savory pasties? Well, that would be pie heaven.
Good news. The Sixpence Pie Company in downtown Southington does just that.
The business began in 2010 when caterers Lisa Totten and Kara Moore began selling quiches in a Durham farmers' market. They expanded to seven farmers' markets, adding pies to their inventory. They use meats that are nitrate free and grass fed and Connecticut dairy and produce.
THE VIBE: Sixpence is on Main Street, near the little town green in Southington. The pie ladies are behind a counter surrounded by glass-fronted displays of perfect little fruit pies and crescent-shaped dinner pies.
Sixpence is sparsely designed with a beverage cooler on one side and a handful of tables near the street window and inside. There's nothing inviting about the decor, but the quality of the food and affability of the staff make up for the bland surroundings.
THE FOOD: A large blackboard tells the tale. Shepherd's pie, The Butcher (beef bourguignon) and Yard Bird (chicken) are among the dinner pies with names that take you back to a British pie shop. Little Boy Blue With Chicken (chicken, spinach, artichoke with bleu cheese béchamel), Jack Horner (potato, cheddar, onion) and Jiggity Jig (bacon, potato and cheddar) are other choices. All references to children's nursery rhymes, as is the restaurant's name.
The first thing you notice about the hand-held pies is the flaky crust. The pasties are perfectly baked with a golden brown top. They are stuffed with tasty fillings. This is hearty eating.
We tried the Shepherd's pie, a satisfying blend of minced beef, carrots and spices. The Yard Bird had the same terrific crust with ample chicken and veggies. The steak lover in our party was impressed with the taste and heft of the Butcher's succulent beef.
Sides include rustic mashed potatoes (with gravy on request), green salad with choice of four toppings (Parmesan, feta, dried cranberries, walnuts, bacon croutons, roasted veggies, artichoke hears, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, pickled peppers, bleu cheese) or pasta salad. Gravy is served on the side with the pasties.
They also serve a banana with Nutella pastie or a peanut butter and strawberry version. Mini pasties for smaller appetites are available.
Save room for dessert. We tried the individual pies in apple crumb, apple, peach crumb and lemon. The freshness of the ingredients was evident in the juicy fruit pies. The lemon has the proper of tart and sweet. Freshly whipped cream is available. On our visit Totten came over to the table and doled out the cream.
The restaurant has special coffees made to order (espresso, cappuccino, latte, mocha) and iced coffees with flavor shots.
THE BILL: Savory pasties are $6. Personal quiches are $7; 9-inch quiche is $15. Pot pies are $12 and $16. Individual dessert pies are $5, small pies are $10 and large pies are $15.
THE PARTICULARS: Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A brunch menu is available on Saturday. Catering menu available.
THE VERDICT: If you love pie, you'll love Sixpence.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun