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The Cheese Pulls On These Mini Bolognese Pies Are Ridiculous

Bolognese is a classic Italian sauce that originated in, well, Bologna, Italy. While usually drenched over noodles, a bakery is giving it an Australian twist for the third annual OOZEFEST in Santa Ana, California.

Pie Not: The Aussie Style Bakery is taking the meaty bolognese, stuffing it inside a mini pie, and drowning it in more cheese than you’d expect to fit in such a tiny vessel.

The pie crust is freshly made, then loaded with the bolognese, which consists of Italian sausage and marinara sauce. After topping it with a healthy helping of mozzarella, the top crust encloses it, creating a cheese pull that will force you to put your hands up like a bank robber says so.

Pie Not will be handing out these pies to all VIP guests for OOZEFEST at the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, California. For more information on vendors or to purchase tickets, please visit www.oozefestival.com.

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Drunken Cow Pie & All the Savory, Cheeky Pies You Can Imagine at Pie Not

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According to Jai Snowdon, you only eat shitty pies with ketchup. For those of you who have yet to try the remarkable flavor of Pie-Not, note: keep the tomato sauce as far away from these beauts as possible.

Jai, originally from Australia, and Ryan Lopiccolo, a California native, spent two years perfecting Pie-Not’s concept — from the restaurant’s hipster-cave design to the signature puff pastry lids — before opening their doors back in May. The Foodbeast team recently stopped by their spot in Costa Mesa, California to see what all the buzz surrounding these “mini meat pies” was about.

What we got was freshly baked, cozy pies with cheeky names like That’ll Do Pig, Sprung a Leek and The Drunken Cow. They were phenomenal and one pie alone will make for a hearty meal replacement. Naturally, we tried several, including a few desserts for good measure. Here are our favorites of the bunch below:

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The Drunken Cow

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The most en pointe of the line-up. The Drunken Cow comes packed with red wine and garlic braised chunks of steak and pearl onions. The meat is impeccable, carrying the right amount of tart from the vino while bringing the comforting taste of slow-cooked pot roast.

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That’ll Do Pig

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When we see anything “pork” on the menu, we have high expectations. Luckily, Pie-Not’s pork-friendly offering, That’ll Do Pig, filled them. A generous amount of bacon bits, cheddar, diced onions and ground beef filled the shortcrust pastry shell to the brim, satisfying our carnivorous craving for the day.

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Sprung a Leek

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For the those of you seeking a relatively light fare, Sprung a Leek makes a solid option. Of course, by “light” we mean loads of chicken breast decked out in a thick, white wine sauce with bits of leek greens sprinkled in.

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Daisy &  Babe Sag Roll

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Think That’ll Do Pig with chopped carrots thrown in and a crispier, flakier shell. Definitely ain’t complaining.

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The Lamington

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An Australian staple, lamingtons bear a resemblance to Sno Balls found at every gas station in the US. However, that’s where the similarities end. Unlike the sickly sweet Hostess pastry, Pie-Not’s take on the lamington delivers a delicate butter sponge cake enveloped in chocolate icing, then dusted with a layer of dessicated coconut. Not too sweet, this treat offered a novelty texture paired with a delectable flavor.

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Slice of Heaven

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Get this. Whatever you do, make this a must-have-you on your visit. Even though I was several pies and a pastry deep at this point, I forced my stomach to stfu and stuffed my face with this, ahem, Slice of Heaven. The sweet shortbread crust layered with a glorious caramel filling came topped with a thick layer of chocolate and a touch of sea salt. The sea salt was the fine detail that brought this sumptuous dessert home.

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We finished off the meal with ginger beer, which I should mention was surprisingly delicious. Unlike most ginger beer, Bundaberg’s was void of the artificial, saccharine taste that plagues most ginger beers.

By the end we were rather sorry to leave Pie-Not, as we already found ourselves reminiscing about our favorite pies before we managed to lift ourselves off our seats.

Affordable, a nice change from the usual over-priced, over-hyped spots of Orange County and a damn good meal, we’ll definitely be back to this home away from home.

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Pie-Not

270 E 17th St

Ste 17

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 650-7437