A few years ago one of my chef friends invited me to dinner at “Flatbreads.” I had’t been before and I asked my friend if she wanted to go with me to try this pizza place. She said “I don’t really feel like eating pizza.” Honestly, I will never forget those words. How could someone not want to eat pizza? Pizza is literally my favorite food! In fact, I tried to make myself sick of eating pizza by eating pizza everyday for two weeks and I still loved every moment.
Anyway, back to the story at hand — Flatbread Company is a casual pizza joint located in the vibrant town of Paia. The ambiance is down-to-earth yet has some surf culture appeal with a bit of a pub vibe. Essentially a franchise company, the premise of this restaurant on Hana Highway is to utilize the freshest ingredients from local farmers, local producers, the local community and serve organic food. With locations from Georgetown to Portland and Paia, the menu consists of locally grown and harvested salads and wood-fired clay oven flatbread pizzas. Because of the focus on clean food meats are chemical free, free-range and organic vegan/vegetarian options abound.
My favorite pizza/flatbread here is the Mopsy’s Kalua Pork, you can also order it with free-range chicken. Also, if you don’t want to commit to just one order you can also get the pizza made with half of one topping and the other half with other toppings. What I love about this is the crust is thin and crispy, the Mopsy has a sweet yet tangy organic mango BBQ sauce, red onions, Maui pineapple and Maui goat cheese. The combination of flavors and textures is to die for! The rich smokiness from the kalua pork, with the acid from the pineapple and the creaminess of the goat cheese make this pizza one of the best I’ve ever eaten. Topping it with chicken may be a bit healthier, but I found it to be a bit dry and not as flavorful. “Wanna go to Flatbreads? Oh yeah!”
When on Maui you must try Flatbread Company for their fresh, organic and delicious food — but also for the Good Eats PIZZA!
Olena is Executive Editor, Food & Lifestyle at MAUIWatch. The founder of Olena Heu Communications, a social media, digital
marketing, consulting and freelance writing company, Olena holds a BA
and MA in Communication and Speech from Hawaii Pacific University.
An adjunct professor, lecturer and motivational speaker Olena is also an award winning journalist, writer, photographer and avid traveler.