My wife and I spend a lot of time in and around University Mall in Orem, and we see places come and go. When the University Mall dollar theater closed, we were sad to see it go, but the new Cinemark was more our style, so no big deal.
Not too long after the dollar theater closed, we saw a sign that said Pirate Island, with what looked like a pizza cutter in the skull and crossbones. We were way excited by the prospect of a themed restaurant so close to home, and have been eagerly awaiting the opening ever since. They were originally planning on opening July 20th, but there were delays getting their pizza ovens, so the date came and went with no opening.
I am glad to announce that, as of today, August 18th, PIRATE ISLAND PIZZA in Orem is now open!!!
My wife, myself, my sister and her husband all went there for lunch today for the grand opening. Because it was the first day open, I’m going to let some little things slide. It takes time to get a wait staff and kitchen up to speed, so I won’t address that much.
The atmosphere was awesome. If you like themed restaurant such as the Mayan, or Casa Bonita in Denver, you will love Pirate Island. When you first walk through the doors, you are greeted by an awesome lagoon full of pirate booty, a pirate, a skeleton, waterfalls, fog and more. There are cool pirate looking maps on the wall, and a skeleton hanging in a crows cage from the ceiling.
You enter the restaurant through a stalactite cave type thing, which was very well done. As you walk into the restaurant proper, you are greeted by a massive pirate ship, with pirates on deck and cannons that shoot smoke rings. To the right is a Tortuga style village area with plenty of seating, a kids play center and an awesome arcade. There are a number of private rooms for birthday parties and the like.
We were seated to the left, closer to the gift shop, restrooms (very nice 🙂 ), and a stage. They have live bands playing weeknights after 7, which I think is really cool. All the wait staff is dressed in pirate garb, with fancy pirate names to boot. Everyone was super nice and attentive, including the manager and the Chef, both of whom I was able to speak with.
Being a pizza place and all, we mostly ordered pizza. My wife and I got a medium sized pizza called The Bachelors Delight (all meat pizza) for $16.99. My brother in law ordered a personal pan pepperoni pizza for $6.99, while my sister ordered a blackened chicken penne pasta dish at $7.99.
The pizza was really good! It was a thicker crust, piled high with meat and cheese, and just the right amount of pizza sauce. The sauce was delicious, thick like I like it. Best of all, despite being the all meat pizza, it really wasn’t greasy, which impressed me. I’d say it was the best thick style pizza I’ve had in the Provo/Orem area (and I’ve eaten at most of them). It was well worth the money.
My sister really didn’t like her pasta dish, which was sad. The chicken was dry and really had no flavor, though the pasta was really good. They happily took it back and gave her a free personal pizza to make up for it, which she loved. I’m sure it will get better with time, as a new kitchen staff and new equipment take getting used to, and chicken is never an easy ingredient to cook well.
Though I usually don’t do dessert, we polished everything off with a slice of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake with strawberry sauce for $4.99, which was delicious. I never say no to a Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, especially if strawberries are involved.
All in all, between the atmosphere, the friendly staff, and the great pizza, it was a wonderful visit. While I personally prefer thinner, traditional Italian style pizza, I will definitely be back again for more. If you have kids, then I would certainly recommend a trip to Pirate Island in Orem, as they will absolutely love it!
Their hours are Monday through Thursday, 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm. They are closed Sunday. You can make reservations on their website, which I would recommend for the first little while 🙂
You can visit their website to make reservations and view the menu: Pirate Island Pizza in Orem
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