New Plano pizzeria with international flavors takes you around the world
Pizza has many variations but every so often, something comes along that feels brand new. 360 Pies is an independenly-owned restaurant with classic options such as meat supreme and veggie pizza.
But the unique slice here are the internationally inspired gourmet pizzas, with a clever lineup of different cuisines — one that takes you around the world. 360, get it? So clever.
For example, there's a "Tikka" pizza with lightly-spiced creamy tomato sauce, chicken, fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and mozzarella.
A Greek pizza has tzatziki sauce, gyro meat, crumbled feta, lettuce, tomato, and black olives. Tex-Mex has taco meat, lettuce and tomato, cheddar and mozzarella. A "Nippon" pizza has teriyaki sauce with chicken.
Pies come in medium (12-inch) or large (14-inch) and run about $9 to $15 depending on your order.
Owner Imtiaz Haiyoom, a 30-year resident of North Texas, has worked for nonprofits for most of his life but has always had an overabiding interest in food, and partnered up with his entrepreneurial cousin, Syed Ansari, to open 360.
"We're focused on bringing international flavors to American pizza," he says. "Pizza is such a popular cuisine, but we noticed that nobody was doing toppings like chicken tikka. And that's our best-selling item, so we've seen the demand."
They're making their toppings as well as their dough. Their crust is a New York-style, not too thick, not too thin.
They also do wings, cool "chicken bites" with some of their international seasonings, as well as build-your-own calzones.
They opened their first location in Allen in May 2017, and will open a second in Plano at the end of August, at 4006 W. Plano Pkwy., an area that had great demographics for them, including the University of Texas at Dallas just a couple of short miles away.
The one thing they don't do is offer in-house dining. It's all take-away or delivery if you live nearby.
"Most of the time it's not a problem," Haiyoom says. "But we're Halal, so there are a lot of people who come to us specifically, and we don't have a place for them to sit down. It's something we'll work on for our next location."