All Hands on Deck at Pirate Island Pizza in Orem
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me. That is the first thing that popped into my head as I walked in to the new Pirate Island Pizza restaurant in Orem. Located just North of University Mall, where the old dollar theater used to be.
I love pizza, having eaten at many dozens of different pizza places all over the world. Thin crust, thick crust, light sauce, heavy sauce, plain cheese, or supreme. I’ve found pizzas I like in every variety. That said, I was super excited to give Pirate Island Pizza try.
Let me just say, the atmosphere was awesome. If you like themed restaurants (like the Mayan in Sandy, or Casa Bonita in Denver), then you will surely love Pirate Island. When I first walked through the doors, I was greeted by a really cool lagoon full of pirate treasure, a pirate, a skeleton, waterfalls, and more. It reminded me of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride in LA.
You enter the restaurant through an awesome stalactite cave opening, which was very well made. As you walk into the restaurant proper, the first thing you see is a massive pirate ship, with a bunch of pirates on deck, and cannons that shoot the neatest little smoke rings.
On the east side of the restaurant is a little village area reminiscent of Tortuga, with plenty of seating, a kids play area and a fabulous arcade. It also looked like there were a number of rooms to accommodate parties and other special occasions.
On the west side of the restaurant is the gift shop, restrooms (very nice), and a stage. They have live bands playing weeknights (after 7, I believe), which is a nice touch. All the wait staff was dressed in pirate clothing, with cool pirate names. The staff was polite and and attentive, including the manager and the Chef, both of whom I got to speak with.
Being a pizza place, we ordered mainly pizza. I ordered a medium 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.
Though I was a bit wary at first, the pizza turned out to be really good! It was a thicker crust, piled high with meat and cheese, and just the right amount of pizza sauce. The sauce was thick and delicious, not too salty, not too sweet.
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). Though it was a bit pricey, I felt it was worth the money.
Unfortunately, my sister really didn’t like her pasta dish, as the chicken was dry and really had no flavor, though the pasta itself was really good. They happily took it back and gave her a free personal pizza to make up for it, which she loved.
Though we rarely order dessert, we polished everything off with a slice of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake with a nice strawberry sauce for $4.99, which was delicious. Can I just say…I love cheesecake, especially from the Cheesecake Factory.
Between the atmosphere, the excellent staff, and the great pizza, it was a wonderful visit. I will definitely return for more. If you have kids, then I would definitely recommend a trip to Pirate Island, as they will surely love it!
The hours are Monday through Thursday, 11am to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday 11am to 11pm. They are closed on Sundays.
By Sam McRoberts