Where to go: Pi, inside Sun King Spirits taproom and distillery, 351 Monon Blvd., Carmel
What to get: Figgy Piggy
Anna’s take: Pi is one of four restaurants inside Sun King Spirits, a taproom and distillery that features the emerging concept of food halls, where multiple eateries — each with different menus — are housed in one establishment. Upon entering the distillery, guests can be seated and browse menus from all four restaurants before choosing one. Guests also have the opportunity to sit upstairs or at the bar.
From Pi, I chose the Figgy Piggy. Pi’s pizzas are a personal-sized pizza that also can be shared. The Figgy Piggy consists of mozzarella, goat cheese, fig jam, mushrooms and prosciutto with a heap of arugula in the center of the pie, all atop a thin, crunchy crust. The pizza is baked in a wood-fired oven, which creates a lightly charred crust. The goat cheese brings forth sweet notes that mellow the pizza and complements the fig jam and saltiness of the prosciutto. The arugula provides a fresh, nutty flavor that tops off the pizza. The crackle of the crust complemented the richness of the overall dish.
Because the dish is so rich, with a hint of tartness from the jam, I recommend sharing it with one of the other pizzas that Pi offers, such as the Pineapple Express, which includes pineapple, ham and sea salt, and a meat lover’s pizza, among other varieties.
Suggested pairings: A pint of Osiris Pale Ale ($5). The beer makes a good pairing because it it’s a paler, hoppy beverage with a slight acidity that cuts the richness of the prosciutto on the pizza and harmonizes with the greens.