It’s not every day that you get to have pizza under the watchful eye of Locutus of Borg, but that’s exactly what I got to do this weekend at Flying Saucer Pizza Company in Salem, Massachusetts. Yes, the city famous for witch trials also plays host to a sci-fi themed pizza joint that is now one of my favorites.
Before I even walked in the door I was greeted by a sign reading, “It’s warmer than the inside of a tauntaun in here, and a lot tastier!” and I knew I was in the right place. Inside, the smell of fresh pizza mingled with the nerdiest collection of sci-fi stuff this side of Area 51.
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A full-size Locutus of Borg stood by the hostess stand with a bright pink note letting me know to seat myself. Resistance is futile so I followed his advice and grabbed a table. Everywhere I looked there was something wonderfully nerdy.
The walls were covered with photographs of sci-fi characters like Worf, Daleks and Cylons. Over the front windows hung pictures of all 11 doctors, with one framed question mark at the end for the 12th we have yet to meet.
A giant chalk board explained the sizes of each pizza (with the help of planets divided into slices) and also listed the daily special. When I visited, it was the Chebarkul in honor of the Russian meteor and the restaurant mascot, Charlie.
Charlie is owner Steve Feldmann’s pug. Charlie is from outer space. You know it’s true because his likeness in a spacesuit while eating a slice of pizza is on the menu. It’s also on art hanging on the walls and part of the comic on the placemats. A pizza-loving alien dog. I can’t help but wonder if he knows Alf.
Opening the menu, you’re greeted by familiar pizza ingredients, but none of the usual names. You can choose from Morpheus, Quark or Starbuck as red sauce pizzas. If you’re a vegetarian then you might opt for the Serenity, Tatooine or Moya. Assuming you have room, there’s even a dessert pizza called the Tribble.
As for the food, it was delicious! We enjoyed a Morpheus and a Starbuck that were two of the best pizzas we’ve had the privilege to eat. The ingredients were fresh, toppings were ample, and we had plenty of leftovers for the next day. This was my first time at Flying Saucer Pizza Company but between the delicious pizza and the sci-fi styling, it definitely won’t be my last.