According to Ron Hopson, the key to a good pie is the crust. Ron should know. He and his wife, Mickey, have been baking them at A Slice of Pie for more than thirty years.

“If you get the crust right, then you can put anything in it,” says Ron. “If the crust tastes like cardboard, it will kill the pie.”

The Hopsons are both retired schoolteachers who knew nothing about the food industry when they opened their Rolla eatery in 1986. “Our expertise is that we like to eat,” quips Ron.

So do their loyal customers, who buy whole pies or just stop in to enjoy a slice from the menu. A Slice of Pie offers about twenty-five traditional fruit pies, five types of brownies, and four flavors of cheesecake. A Slice of Pie also serves a light lunch that features chicken salad, several varieties of quiche, potpies, and soups.