Flying Saucer Pizza Company. The name of the place alone is enough to make you want to take a road trip just to try the food. That is exactly what we did one snowy winter day when we were bored and had a full tank of gas. We all piled into the car and headed for Salem, Massachusetts, and what turned out to be the nerdiest pizza we’ve ever eaten.
You’ll find this pizza joint tucked away in the back of a little square in Salem. (Yes, Salem is the city famous for witches.) It’s unassuming, with a tiny entrance that you could easily miss if you weren’t really searching for it. The inside isn’t large either and there can be a bit of a wait, but it’s worth every minute. Let’s start with the décor.
There’s a life-size Locutus of Borg who, at the holidays, wears a Santa hat to get into the spirit of things. Once you sit and look around the Flying Saucer Pizza Company, you’ll find every inch of the walls adorned with fantastic nerdy memorabilia like pictures of Worf and Cylons. There are even framed portraits of every one of the Doctors displayed in chronological order.
There are also lots of pictures of the shop’s mascot, Charlie. He’s a pug that belongs to shop owner Steve Feldmann and you can find him decorating the walls and the menu. He’s adorable, wears a spacesuit, and appears to love pizza. I love him and we’ve never even met.
Open the menu and the nerdery continues with appetizers like Space Balls (garlic bread knots), Frylock (sweet potato fries), or a Mars salad. The pizzas are just as much fun with the Picard, Megatron and Giedi Prime. They’ve even got plenty of gluten free options or you can always build your own masterpiece.
Really Good Pizza Too
Once the wonderfully-named food arrives, you’ll find it’s not your average pizza shop fare. The Picard, for example, is mozzarella and asiago cheese, thinly sliced potatoes, Canadian bacon, rosemary, chopped garlic and parmesan with no sauce. Ingredients are fresh and delicious and the combinations are unique.
There are also special daily pizzas inspired by whatever is happening in the world. Our first visit was shortly after that big Russian meteor was in the news and they had a Chebarkul pizza to honor both the meteor and Charlie the pug. When the final “Hobbitt” film hit the theaters, the slice of the day was “The Shire.”
Salem is a wonderful city to visit for all its witch lore, but take a step away from the past and into the future at Flying Saucer Pizza Company and enjoy some out of this world pizza.