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Pie in the Sky replaces Mare Nostrum in Fells Point

Pie in the Sky opened in Mare Nostrum's place on Broadway in Fells Point.
Pie in the Sky opened in Mare Nostrum's place on Broadway in Fells Point. (Courtesy of Murat Mercan)

A new pizza restaurant has moved into the former home of Mare Nostrum in Fells Point.

Mare Nostrum closed last year at 716 S. Broadway, where Pie in the Sky opened in mid-January. The restaurant is owned by Murat Mercan, one of Mare Nostrum’s owners, and Aziz Kalyoncu.

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Pie in the Sky offers 10- and 14-inch pies, as well as specialty sandwiches, salads, pasta and calzones. Of the six meat and five veggie pizzas, varieties include the pie special (olive oil, prosciutto, figs, walnuts, mozzarella and arugula), portobello mushroom (garlic herb sauce, portobello mushrooms, mozzarella, provolone, baby spinach, roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives and feta) and spicy pastrami (tomato sauce, spicy beef pastrami, mozzarella, roasted red peppers and sesame seeds). Mercan said he also offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Prices range from about $7-$18, Mercan said.

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Mercan also owns Toss, a pizzeria in Mid-Govans, and said he had received requests from customers in Canton and Fells Point to bring his pizza concept closer to them.

Baltimore’s restaurant industry is as competitive as it’s ever been — and it’s putting some eateries out of business.

“I wanted to do something different here, something a little better,” Mercan said. “Since Mare Nostrum is over, I’m like, ‘Well, maybe it’s time.’”

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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