A Visit to Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole! In Phoenix, Arizona

Had the opportunity to visit Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole while down in Phoenix, Arizona for my daughter’s soccer tournament. I make every attempt when I’m traveling for work or pleasure (or my daughter’s sports for that matter, since this seems to be happening a lot more in recent years…), to discover what PIE SHOP is most popular or highly rated in a given area and visit with them. Well, despite there being various other pie shops in the area, after some inquiries with locals, it seemed to me that Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole was THE place to go for great pie. ‘Nuff said!

Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole

Can I make a ‘related yet un-related comment’ before I begin? I absolutely Love Google Maps. I’m old enough to remember the days of pulling out a paper map and spreading it the width of the front of the car, only to stare it at it, perplexed, as you tried to make sense of the spaghetti-like highways and roads. I don’t know how we ever found anything! Google Maps is a Godsend! Anyways, I digress!

Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole

Once we found Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole, in an unassuming strip mall in Phoenix suburbia, I wasted no time barreling out of the cool confines of our compact, out into the already HOT, mid-morning Arizona sun, and into the small, but lively decorated Mamma Toledo’s!

First that I noticed was their immaculate and colorful board of menu items, with not only a long list of fruit and cream pies but lunch and breakfast as well. See the menu for yourself here!

Mamma Toledo's The Pie Hole!
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole!

Next, was the display case, a huge love of mine when I walk into a pie shop!

They had a great assortment of fruit and cream pies ready to go, either whole or by the slice.

The wife and I quickly made our decision for a slice of the ‘BROWN SUGAR PEACH PIE’ and hastily took our seats and dove in. They also had ice cream on-hand for a little ‘a la mode’ but we opted for just the pie on first visit.

It was wonderful.

Side note – I had ordered two slices of the Brown Sugar Peach, but they only served and charged us for one. I went back to the counter to explain that we needed two slices and proceeded to pay for the second slice, to which Tonya Saidi, who runs and manages Mamma Toledo’s, told me to not worry about paying for the second slice. Great pies AND friendly customer service!

But we weren’t quite done.

I purchased a Mamma Toledo’s shirt, which I ALWAYS do when visiting a pie shop and grabbed a 9″ lattice, Mixed Berry pie to take back to the hotel to a tired and beat, yet ravenous group of 13yr old soccer playing girls. They had done well, so I figured I’d add a bit of pie to their dessert! THEY LOVED IT!!

Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole

I had heard so much about Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole upon arriving into Phoenix, that I knew we had to make the trip, and I’m glad we did.

Great service, and wonderful looking shop and delicious pies, Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole met and exceeded my expectations! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Mamma Toledo's The Pie Hole
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole

A Visit to Dangerously Delicious Pies DC

Dangerously Delicious Pies. Back in our nation’s capital for the week for ‘work’ (and by WORK I mean my DAY JOB) and made sure to make an effort to work my way down to one of Washington D.C.’s most prestigious pie shops – Dangerously Delicious Pies. Oh, they had great pies (I picked up a blackberry while I was there), but there was even more going with Dangerously Delicious Pies than I realized!

dangerously delicious pies
Dangerously Delicious Pies

First off, I love the ambiance of Dangerously Delicious Pies. Its got a great and unique look inside the pie shop, and one that really set it apart from other shops I have visited.

There was ‘some’ seating that I saw, but not much, which gave me the impression that most just pies ordered for pickup. The staff were ultra friendly, and were genuinely eager, to listen to my personal story and path taken toward opening my own catering service back home.

Dangerously Delicious Pies

As you can probably tell, I really REALLY liked the Dangerously Delicious Pie packaging. The branding was top tier!

Many probably don’t pay much attention to the box you pick a pie up in, and that’s understandable. For me, however, I love great design and especially uniquely branded packaging, like the box my blackberry pie came in from Dangerously Delicious Pies.

It was a heavy cardboard carton with a comprehensive list of my fruit and savory pies around the edge of the packaging. The website address was emblazoned on one edge as well. And on the lid, an all black, branded Dangerously Delicious Pie logo design. I loved it! Yea, I’m weird like that!

Dangerously Delicious Pies
Dangerously Delicious Pies

Despite there being a rather lengthy list of pies, typically sold by Dangerously Delicious Pies, there was probably only about half of those ready to go in the shop.

I had a hard time deciding between the Caramel Apple Crumble, Mixed Berry, Blueberry and Blackberry pies on-hand, but ultimately chose the Blackberry.

Crust was both plentiful (pretty thick and tender) and tasty, and the blackberry filling was deep!

Dangerously Delicious Pies
Dangerously Delicious Pies

Not sure when I’ll be able to make my way back to Washington D.C., so I made sure to make the most of my opportunity, and visit Dangerously Delicious Pies.

What’s the message here? Never take any day (or any THING) for granted. If you’re ever on a trip (personal or business), always live every day like it the last. Take advantage of your opportunities as you never know when you’ll get another.