Review: Paulie Gee’s Hampden – Baltimore, MD

Perhaps you saw the 2012 Jane Pauley special on Paul Giannone, aka Paulie Gee, who at age 56 swapped an IT career for a shot at pizza making. His first pie shop was in the uptrending Greenpoint neighborhood in Brooklyn. He was on the early edge of Neapolitan pizza makers in the U.S., and one of the first to put his own twist on it.

He’s been wildly successful doing the things he loves, and there are now four more Paulie Gee’s locations including Chicago, Columbus, Miami, and Baltimore. I got to meet Paulie last summer at the Pizza Palooza event near Washington DC, and I sampled a slice of his signature pie the Hellboy. Terrific stuff, but I still needed to get to a Paulie Gee’s restaurant. For the record, Paulie was warm and genuine – and that was true of nearly every pizzaiolo that day in DC.

Paulie Gee’s Hampden, Baltimore

I still haven’t made it to Paulie’s flagship Brooklyn operation, but a trip to Baltimore gave me an opportunity to visit his Hampden shop. Baltimore is a crab town, above all else. When you think of all the great northeast pizza cities (NY, Philly, New Haven, Trenton, Boston), you’d never think of this almost-Southern city on that list.

Interior, from the front door

Interior dining and kitchen spaces

Previous Baltimore trips had yielded mixed results – the highly-regarded B.O.P. Brick Oven Pizza near Fells Point was pretty ordinary. On the other hand, we loved the thin square crisp pies (and the vibe) at Joe Squared in the Station North district.

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Source:: Pizza Quixote