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I heart Petsi Pie

kittychow Mar 5, 2007 06:09 AM

People I work with rave about Petsi Pie so I finally dropped in. I was visiting illin’ relatives and wanted to bring goodies. I picked up a chicken pot pie, a spinach ricotta tart, and a four berry pie.

Wow! I actually got a slice of the tart for myself to chow in the car. It was terrific. Loved the pine nuts, which at first glance looked like they might overpower the tart but that wasn’t the case. Great mix of flavors and not too rich, well at least not so rich that I wasn’t dying to try to the pot pie.

The chicken pot pie looked a little dry when I cut into it because there wasn’t much saucy goodness spilling from it. Surprisingly the lack of liquid didn’t really matter. The chicken was super moist and the crust was amazingly flakey and just buttery enough. The ratio of chicken to veggies was heavy on the chicken end, which was just fine with me. I got a large pie and felt like I could have devoured half of it. I’m sure it was wiped out shortly after I dropped it off.

I dropped off the four berry pie and had a sliver. It was tart, sweet, and yummy with buttery flakey crust; just perfect. I’m thrilled that I finally stopped in. I’ll be picking up a chicken pot pie for home on one of these cold nights this week.

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    kewpie Feb 1, 2008 06:25 PM

    could you please post the total cost of your 3 items? it seems that this is a very expensive bakery/takeout TIA

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      okello Feb 2, 2008 08:29 AM

      Why do think this place is expensive?

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        kewpie Feb 2, 2008 11:55 AM

        not as expensive as Hi-Rise,but left still hungry after spending $45.[before tip] for lunch

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          autopi Feb 2, 2008 12:22 PM

          $45? for one person? at petsi's? that's hard to imagine--what did you order? i got a sandwich and chips and maybe a cupcake or something for around $10.

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            figg Feb 2, 2008 01:45 PM

            I've been to the Putnam Street one and if I remember correctly it was a cute cafe. I got some lunch and coffee and worked there for awhile. Does the Beacon St location also have a decent seating area?

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              okello Feb 2, 2008 03:04 PM

              Yeah, seriously, what in the name of goodness did you order? Scones are like $2 and fill me up for HOURS.

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                kewpie Feb 2, 2008 03:10 PM

                lets see-okello, for the 2 of us, we had 2 salads[ very small],2 large coffees an indiv. spinach pie, an indiv chicken pie, 1 blackberry scone[divine- was the last one to be had] 1 piece of pie[apple] and 2 waters[mineral]. yup,... $45.before tip..this was in december 2007..

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                  bella_sarda Feb 2, 2008 03:47 PM

                  And you were still hungry? Sounds like a lot of food to me. Sorry to sound so shocked, but a salad, a savory pie, and a pastry would be a pretty big lunch IMO, and I know what their portion sizes are like.

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                    kewpie Feb 2, 2008 04:10 PM

                    ''sounds like a lot of food to me''
                    yep- still hungry--the salad was quite small. as mentioned above, and the apple pie slice, altho delicious, was small as well.... i am a long distance runner,and can eat , and eat, and eat... nevertheless , these portions were small,for the money..

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        heypielady Feb 1, 2008 05:03 PM

        I love Petsi Pie! I'm an avid pie maker myself so it really takes a lot for me to actually buy a pie made by someone else but this place is outstanding. My favorite pie they have is the banana cream pie.(you have to special order it usually) I strive to make a pastry cream as good as Petsi's.
        My office stopped getting birthday cakes for people and started getting pies from Petsi's because we love them so much. The lemon chess pie was also delicious. Generally the Somerville location on Beacon St. has a bigger selection than the Cambridge one on Putnam. I think they make all the pies in Somerville.

        I still want to try the savory pies and the sour cherry pie. Its so hard to find sour cherry's in the Northeast so it would be a real treat to have one of those.

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          janzy Feb 1, 2008 06:02 PM

          I usually make the trip form South Boston every Saturday morning for her delicious scones, but I'm really addicted to the Ham and Gorgonzola cheese and carmelized onion biscuits.
          They are out of this world!

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          okello Feb 1, 2008 02:32 PM

          Totally agree--Petsi's is awesome. Personally, I enjoy the scones more if I heat up a little in the oven before I eat it--cut in half (lengthwise) to get extra crispiness on the sides. YUM! The best two IMHO are the classic Buttermilk Currant and the rare Chocolate Raspberry. I walk by with the dog in the morning, and if they have chocolate raspberry, I buy. :-)

          Their Sweet Potato... um... can't remember the name, kinda like a Cupcake.... is also really nice.

          1. ErstwhileEditor Mar 6, 2007 11:18 AM

            Does anyone have any idea of what ingredients they use? I like to avoid shortening and high fructose corn syrup.

            Thanks.

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              peglegjoe Feb 1, 2008 09:37 AM

              Dear Erstwhile... When asked they will tell you,totally transfat free shortning and real butter. The only things that corn syrups go in would be pecan pies, pecan bars and the like.

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              autopi Mar 5, 2007 03:45 PM

              does anyone know if they are still doing the latin brunch on the weekends? i asked at the harvard sq location in december and was told they would start up again after the new year, but i seem to recall hearing (via word of mouth) that they aren't doing it anymore.

              i'm a big fan of their scones; oddly, i'm not so into their pies. i will have to check out the chicken pot pie.

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                Cambridge7 Mar 5, 2007 02:53 PM

                My wife proudly proclaims how she introduced Petsi's to our circle of friends. We've been passing by for years, until she finally stopped by and was totally smitten. Their pecan pie is killer good - some Southerners among us said it was the only good pecan pie they've had in New England. Personally, it's the only pecan pie I've ever liked. All of the pies I've tasted there are excellent, including the fruit pies. I can't wait to try the chicken pot pie (thanks chowhounds). Their muffins and pastries are great as well. My wife really likes the scones, and I'm a fan of their corn muffin w/ raspberry filling. One warning: if you're looking for a pie before Thanksgiving/Christmas/etc., *reserve* them in advance. We reserved ours a week ahead of Thanksgiving, and when we went to pick them up, we had to show pity for those stuck in a long line, waiting for the made-to-order pies. Trivia: you can often see Petsi at the Beacon St. location...to my ears, her name is pronounced like "Peet-see"...she's a displaced Southerner, hence the killer pecan pie.

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                  Bluebell Mar 6, 2007 11:05 AM

                  I think Renee (whose nickname as a kid was Petsi) had southern relatives, but also RI roots? She's wonderful though, and my family loves both their sweet and savory offerings. Even though we live 20 minutes from Cambridge, we regularly drag out of town relatives to Petsi's for scones, pies and cookies, and Renee greets them all with a smile. Their savory tarts are the perfect summer picnic fare!

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                    enhF94 Feb 1, 2008 09:55 AM

                    Renee is a sassmistress and my hero!

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                  bizzy50 Mar 5, 2007 09:10 AM

                  Being a frequent patron of O'Sullivan's on Beacon Street, I always noticed Petsi Pies on the opposite corner. Since I am generally at O'Sullivan's in the evening and Petsi's is only open during the day, I never had a chance to investigate--until recently...

                  I made a Petsi-only pilgrimage to Beacon Street and was handsomely rewarded! We ordered the apple crumb for a dinner party and all I can say is WOW! Buttery crust, delectable crumbs, firm apples that were the best combination of tart and sweet and the slices held together just the right way. A great apple pie! My only complaint was that I was unable to purchase one of their quiches and a chicken pot pie--which brings me to a separate topic...

                  On our way home on Saturday afternoon we had occasion to be on Main Street in Reading and passed Harrow's Chicken Pies. I had heard about this place for a while but never went out of my way to visit. Seeing it on the side of the road we immediately pulled over, purchased an "Apartment Size" chicken pie (with no veggies) and a bag of homemade rolls and were on our way. We baked the Chicken Pie for dinner last night and it was sensational. Flavorful, moist and perfectly seasoned. With a nice salad and a bottle of wine, what could be easier and more delicious for a cold Winter's night!

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                    LindaWhit Mar 5, 2007 03:25 PM

                    Bizzy, thanks for reminding me of Harrow's - it's near where I live and not a far drive for me on the way home, and I keep forgetting to stop and pick up a pot pie for lunch/dinner. I think they sell them frozen as well? I'll have to make a trip this weekend!

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                      bizzy50 Mar 6, 2007 10:28 AM

                      Linda, they do sell the pies frozen (and even heated "to go" if you call in advance!) My husband and I got an Apartment Size (feeds 2-3) and STILL have leftovers. Yummy.

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                    Devilsfood Mar 5, 2007 07:31 AM

                    Now that you have tempted me, where is Petsi Pie?

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                      fenian Mar 5, 2007 07:42 AM

                      Only good experiences for me. Their scones are arguably the best in the area. There are two locations: one on Beacon Street in Somerville next to Zoe's; the other near Harvard Square on Putnam Street.

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                        DoubleMan Mar 5, 2007 07:47 AM

                        I haven't had the scones, what are they like? I hate overly sweet ones, and I also don't enjoy the dry, flavorless (more authentic) ones.

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                          fenian Mar 5, 2007 07:59 AM

                          Petsi's scones are not as soft and buttery (almost biscuity) as my favorites at True Grounds (which are usually decadent and sweet), but they are not dry either. I would describe them as flaky. Also, they aren't very sweet, in my opinion. I think you might like them.

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                        kittychow Mar 5, 2007 07:48 AM

                        I stopped by the Beacon St., Somerville location.

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                          alanr Mar 5, 2007 07:51 AM

                          Petsi's scones are not dry, and there's a wonderful assortment of flavors.

                          They also carry them at Zing in the Porter Square Bookstore, where the coffee's a good complement to the scones.

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