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Custom-made pies are the specialty of Pittsburgh Pie Guy

Sweet or savory, fruit or meat — there's a pie for you

For the record, there are two guys behind Pittsburgh Pie Guy: Wren McGalliard and Louis Butler.

Since last year, the two Greenfield residents have been peddling their pies around town, mostly at pop-up markets and through custom orders. Their pies can also be found at Zeke's Coffee, in East Liberty, delivered fresh on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The pies include both savory and sweet, and are based on seasonal and as local-as-possible ingredients. Wintertime options include apple crumb, coconut cream, carrot-ginger meringue, pecan and shoofly, among others, while offering custom combinations. Pies range from $18-25, depending on ingredients. 

Meat pie selections are growing too, McGalliard says. Among the current offerings are: chicken pot pie, English steak and mushroom, and English pork pies. The pair are also experimenting with paleo and vegan pie versions, and are willing to try gluten free, or other nutritionally diverse pies. As their website says: "Challenges are accepted."

But at the end of the day, says McGalliard, their love of pie stems from its established role as a comfort food. And that means some pies weigh out on the side of delicious rather than healthful.  Pies are made with a standard flour crust, but requests will be honored for crusts made with chocolate, sweet pastry or homemade graham crackers.

"We wanted to make pies the way we would want to eat them," McGalliard says. "The way we thought was best."

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