In JP, hand pies are filled with savory combinations

Matt Virzi (top center) runs Aurum in Jamaica Plain, which serves an assortment of  tri-cornered pies, including The Fall River — (top left) egg, cheese, chourico, pepper, and onion — and The Fahmah — (right) sweet potato, kale, and goat cheese.
Matt Virzi (top center) runs Aurum in Jamaica Plain, which serves an assortment of tri-cornered pies, including The Fall River — (top left) egg, cheese, chourico, pepper, and onion — and The Fahmah — (right) sweet potato, kale, and goat cheese.photos by Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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The slender storefront on Centre Street in JP that once housed a Kennedy Fried Chicken became Aurum (the name means “gold” in Latin) in January. Sometimes a sidewalk sandwich board beckons customers with this: “Don’t be scared of the word pies. They’re just delicious baked sandwiches.” Aurum specializes in savory tri-cornered individual pies made to order and presented in homemade dough. Owner Matt Virzi got the idea from Syrian pies he had seen in Worcester when he was growing up in Shrewsbury. Those individual pies were typically filled with lamb or spinach (many Middle Eastern cultures make them). Virzi calls his versions “new American” and they contain all kinds of vegetarian or meat fillings, with cheese, fresh herbs, dressing, and other combinations.

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