Print
Restaurants

New Pizzeria Opens On Oleander Drive

By Justin Williams Pope, posted Aug 17, 2022
Pie's On Pizzeria & Grill recently opened at 4107 Oleander Drive in Wilmington. (Photo courtesy of Pie's On Pizzeria)
Brad Heaton has known pizza his whole life. Growing up in New York, his parents operated delis and restaurants.

After serving eight years in the U.S. Air Force, Heaton would help with his family’s restaurant in the Poconos Mountains before going to work for Otis Elevator Co. After moving to Wilmington, Heaton and his family once again felt the urge to open a restaurant but as the pandemic hit, those plans were halted. The opportunity arose again, and now, the Heatons have opened Pie's On Pizzeria & Grill on Oleander Drive.

“I admit, we are foodies,” Heaton said. “There’s just something about being in this business. It’s where people come together for meals as well as time together.”

He believes that it is even more special because it is a family-run business. Heaton’s dad is in the kitchen while his daughters work in the restaurant with customers. 

Another important aspect of Pie's On is that Heaton is localizing popular dishes. “We were asked about creating a Chicago Deep Dish. While I think that’s great, I changed it and made an 18-inch Wilmington Deep Dish.”

He said he felt it was important to make a menu specialized for customers; the Wilmington Deep Dish is already a favorite item.  

Hailing from New York, Heaton did elect to bring down some hometown favorites: Chicken Riggie, an upstate New York dish and Mama Mary’s Lasagna, named after Heaton’s late mother. A family favorite has been the 28-inch Monster pizza.

Heaton said he and his family are thrilled to be opening a new pizza eatery in Wilmington. At 4107 Oleander Drive, the space replaces the former Pizzeta's Pizzeria, which closed in the spring. 

Heaton said he's not one to be competitive in the marketplace and adds he loves that Pie's On can add something to an already great local pizza scene. 

“There’s a lot of good pizza here already. Pizzeta’s was wonderful and Slice of Life is great,” he said, adding that he feels in any business it’s good to build relationships with fellow restauranteurs. 

While already open for business, Pie's On Pizzeria & Grill will hold its official grand opening on Labor Day weekend. 

“Given what we have all gone through as a country and community with COVID, I’m humbled to be able to open this restaurant and serve Wilmington," he said.
 
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Mel profilephoto

Grasshopper Lawn Care and Services Accepting New Monthly Clients

Mel Beasley - Wide Open Tech
Dave sweyer 300 x 300

5 Types of Difficult Tenants Landlords May Encounter – And How to Deal With Them

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management
Cfss headshots parker robert webversion 21422121214

How You Can Benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act

Robert Parker - Cape Fear Solar Systems

In The Current Issue

‘Bleisure’ Travel On The Rise

Kim Hufham, president and CEO of the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau, said business travel to the area has started to...


Country Connection

While North Carolinians living in urban areas are speeding forward on the information highway, many of their rural neighbors – some 226,000...


INFO JUNKIE: Brett Lanier

Brett Lanier, president of Isosceles Pharmaceuticals, shares his top tech and info picks....

Book On Business

The 2022 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Trying to Grow a Business?
2020 Health Care Heroes
2020 WilmingtonBiz 100