March 14 is a big day for both math enthusiasts and foodies.
It’s National Pi Day, celebrating the mathematical constant that most people know by its first three digits: 3.14.
In Euclidean geometry, pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is also an irrational number, and cannot be expressed as a common fraction, and its decimal representation never ends.
What is not irrational is celebrating pi while indulging in some, well, pie.
Pi Day celebrations began in 1988 and these days, in addition to recitation contests, where people compete to see how many decimal places they can remember pi to, the occasion is most often marked by enjoying a slice of pie.
Much like pi, with its never-ending decimal form, the varieties of pie are also endless.
There’s sweet, like classic apple pie, or savory, like chicken pot pie.
And let’s not forget one of pie’s most beloved forms: the pizza pie.
Here’s a list of bakeries, restaurants and pizzerias from around the Greater Taunton area serving up every kind of pie to help you celebrate 3/14:
Fratelli’s Bakery & Cafe (Taunton)
- Where: 1 Washington St.
- Hours: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 3 pm
On the menu: Fratelli’s offers fresh-baked pies all year long, and will even take special orders on seasonal pies, if you have a hankering for mince meat pie and just can’t wait. Pies on the menu come as 9- or 10-inch pies. Varieties include, among others: mile-high apple pie, fruit of the forest pie, ricotta pie, and banana cream.
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Art’s International Bakery (Raynham)
- Where: 104 Forge River Parkway
- Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On the menu: Art’s has just about every classic pie flavor you can think of, plus a couple you can only get my special request: double-crusted lemon and double-crusted pineapple. For something savory, they’ve got mince meat pie, chicken pot pie, and even salmon pie. And, because it is a Portuguese bakery, they’ve also got linguiça pie.
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Battistini’s Bakery (Middleboro)
- Where: 16 Wareham St.
- Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Closed Monday to Friday
Hong Kong City (Taunton)
- Where: 174 Broadway
- Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 pm
On the menu: How about some pie that’s on the savory side? If you’re indulging in some appetizers at Hong Kong City, consider giving the scallion pie, served with ginger soy sauce, a chance.
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The Chateau (Norton)
- Where: 48 Bay Road
- Hours: Tuesday, 4 to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Closed Monday
On the menu: On The Chateau’s lunch and dinner menus, you can enjoy a classic candy, in pie form. They’ve got a Reese’s peanut butter pie, with milk chocolate and peanut butter mousse, full of Reese’s peanut butter cups.
Boston Tavern (Middleboro)
- Where: 58 E. Grove St.
- Hours: Seven days a week, noon to midnight
On the menu: If you’re looking for a nautical option when it comes to pies, check out Boston Tavern. They’ve got a lobster and crab pie, with Atlantic lobster, lump crab, sherry cream sauce, and Ritz crackers, served with a choice of two sides.
Tomato & Basil (East Taunton)
- Where: 1 Caswell St.
- Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 pm; Closed Monday
On the menu: For Pi Day, how about a pizza pie? Gourmet pizzas at Tomato & Basil include: Gold Rush pizza, with marinated chicken with BBQ sauce, pineapple and mozzarella cheese; The Good Fella, with Italian sliced sausage, roasted peppers, fresh garlic, onions and mozzarella cheese; and The Big Mac Pizza, with Angus burger, American cheese, and Big Mac sauce, topped with lettuce, tomato and pickles.
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G&S Pizza (Taunton)
- Where: 199 Weir St.
- Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 pm
On the menu: In addition to make-your-own pizzas, G&S also offers a selection of gourmet pies, as well as white pizza. They’ve got chicken broccoli alfredo pizza, with their own alfredo sauce, and gourmet options like taco pizza, with hamburger, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and tortilla chips, served on a salsa base, with sour cream. They’ve also got “a lovely cheese pizza” that all the Kevin McCallisters out there are sure to love: their cheese lover pizza comes with feta, American cheese, provolone and mozzarella.
Mediterranean Bar & Grill (Taunton)
- Where: 983 County St.
- Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 am to midnight
On the menu: At the Mediterranean Bar & Grill, you can create your own custom pie, with the option of having it made on Syrian bread. Their Mediterranean gourmet pizza comes with spinach, imported feta, onion, tomatoes, and black olives. Or try the Portuguese gourmet pizza, with linguiça, peppers and onions.
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