Happy Pi Day. Or is it Happy Pie Day?
Either way, we think celebrating pi (3.14 etc.) on 3/14 is a good enough reason to grab a piece of pie and ponder the mathematical universe. But really, is there ever a reason not to celebrate pie?
In honor of Pi and Pie, we offer up a dozen of our favorite Sonoma County pie shops, and a few of our favorite slices therein.
Whole Pie – Santa Rosa: Baker Trishia Davis might just make the most buttery, delicious pies on earth. Whole Pie features lunch or dinner in a crust, with sweet and savory slices and hand pies (along with whole pies, of course) including the “Sweet Tooth” made with butterscotch pudding and a dash of curry; “Holy Moly” with chicken mole in a cocoa crust; “Mister Crunchy” with prosciutto and Emmentaler cheese in a Dijon bechamel or “Beer Belly” with beer-braised short ribs, onions and aged English cheddar. Beer, cider and wine along with coffee and craft soda. Open from 11a.m. to 7p.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesday. 2792 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 843-4365, thewholepieshop.com. (WHOLE PIE IS CLOSED TUESDAY. YUP. SO GO WEDNESDAY)
Noble Folk – Healdsburg: Farm to pie faves at this popular Healdsburg ice cream and pie shop include strawberry rhubarb,Lemon Brown Butter Custard, Aztec chocolate, walnut maple and apple caramel pies. Worth the trip. 116 Matheson St., Healdsburg, 707-529-2162, thenoblefolk.com. Open daily from 12 to 9pm.
Dominique’s Sweets – Santa Rosa & Sebastopol: Pineapple pie? Using a whole fresh Hawaiian pineapple in each pie, baker Dominique Cortara isn’t afraid to get creative with what’s between her crusts. Other seasonal pies include lemon meringue, blood orange, Michigan tart cherry, rhubarb and bourbon pecan. Available Saturday at the Certified Farmers market in Santa Rosa at the Luther Burbank Center, from 8:30a.m. to 1p.m. and at the Sebastopol farm market on Sundays from 10am to 1:30p.m. Mini pies available as well. dominiquesweets.com
Pie Day at Hazel – Occidental: Every Friday is pie day at this Occidental restaurant. Co-owner Michele Wimborough’s pies are legendary, ranging from peanut butter and blackberry to Dutch apple and lemon meringue. You never know what she’ll be making, which is half the fun of your pie adventure. 3782 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, 707-874-6003, restauranthazel.com.
Petaluma Pie Company – Petaluma: Sweet and savory pies include Jamaican beef, chicken empanada and pulled pork, but we’re especially fond of the sweet Elvis Pie (peanut butter cream, bananas, chocolate cream, chopped peanuts and whipped cream, Persian lime pie, and their classic Pennyslvania Dutch “Shoofly” Pie with sweet molasses, brown sugar and crumbles. 125 Petaluma Blvd. N. Petaluma, 707-766-6743, petalumapiecompany.com.
Criminal Baking – Santa Rosa: Truly decadent pies from one of our favorite bakeries. There’s a new flavor just about every day, but lemon meringue and apple are our favorites. Pies in a jar, pies on a plate, mini pies, tartlettes and straight up slices available.463 Sebastopol Ave., 707-888-3546, criminalbaking.com.
Chile Pies – Guerneville: Chile Pies’ sweet apple and chile pie with a drizzle of chile-infused honey? Solid gold. But there are plenty of other flavors to pick from, depending on what’s in season, ranging from apple blueberry basil and apricot cherry to lemon buttermilk and banana cream. 16290 Main Street, Guerneville, 707-666-9411, chilepiesbakingco.com.
BurtoNZ – Windsor: This New Zealand bakery specializes in meat hand pies, a favorite of Brits. Grab a handful of napkins for these flakey pies-to-go. Just don’t eat one in the car. You’ll be vacuuming bits of golden crumbs for weeks. 9076 Brooks Road, South (near the Safeway), Windsor, 707-687-5455, burtonzbakery.com.
Village Bakery – Sebastopol: Triple berry pie, loaded with blueberries, raspberries and blackberries is tart, sweet and as beautiful to look at as it is to eat. 6760 McKinley St #150, Sebastopol, 707-829-8101, thebarlow.net/tenants/village-bakery
Mom’s Apple Pies – Sebastopol: The scent of apples and cinnamon hangs heavy in the parking lot around this classic roadside bakeshop. Even in these early days of spring, long before the late summer bounty of berries and ripe apples, Mom’s Apple Pies, does a brisk business in heaping apple, rhubarb, peach, cherry and blueberry pies. 4550 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, 707-823-8330, momsapplepieusa.com.
Kozlowski Farms – Forestville: A vivid reminder of what West County used to be. Nestled among the apple trees is the homey gift shop filled with jams and jellies, along with the farm’s pecan crumb-top and double-crust pies — inspired by the recipes of Carmen Kozlowski’s family recipes. Gravenstein pies are available year round, along with blackberry, latticed cherry pies, raspberry peach and blueberry apple pies. They’re among locals’ favorites. 5566 Gravenstein Hwy. 116, Forestville, kozlowskifarms.com.
Betty’s Fish & Chips – Santa Rosa: Insiders know that this chippery is another of Santa Rosa’s best pie shops. The restaurant makes hundreds of pies each week in the restaurant’s kitchen, most notably a rich, lush lemon chiffon cream pie — though you may have to wrestle with your tablemates over whether the raspberry peach or apple is better. 4046 Sonoma Hwy, Santa Rosa, (707) 539-0899, visit on Facebook.
Have a favorite we missed? Add your must-have pies from Sonoma County.