Tonight I finally made it out to Slice – A Pizza Company. I’ve been meaning to try them for some time now and have had a $25 Sac Perks sitting in my glove box that expired later this week, so off I went. I brought my friend Justin along, who can be very critical of anything involving cheese. Slice is a newish pizza joint next to Islands and near Sunsplash. I looked at their website once, back when I first added them to the list. From that I knew this wasn’t your average pizza place, they are definitely going for a more hip, modern feel. They would probably fit in to Midtown quite well.
We showed up at about 6pm to a mostly empty dining room. There was a couple waiting for their order and the two employees behind the counter were busy finishing it up, so we had time to browse the menu. You can order 14″ and 20″ pizzas or by the slice. You have multiple sauce & cheese options: tomato, garlic, pesto and bbq for sauces, mozzarella, parmesan, white cheddar blend and feta for cheeses. Topping options are fairly basic compared to what you would find at a big chain: bacon, ham, pepperoni, roasted chicken and sausage for meats, mushrooms, red onions, green peppers, black olives, basil, sweet peppers, green onions, pineapple, jalapeños, tomatoes, garlic, sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts for veggies. The also have salads, Slice Sticks (breadsticks – hand tossed traditional cheesy garlic bread served with a side of ranch), Bruschetta (freshly prepared with Slice Sticks, lightly topped with tomato sauce, finished with fresh basil, and diced tomatoes) and Cinn-a-Slices (made fresh from hand tossed dough and baked to create a fluffy, chewy dessert topped with cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla icing).
Justin ordered a slice with tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, green peppers, red onions, green onions, mushrooms and olives. I ordered a slice with garlic sauce, the white cheddar blend, roasted chicken, bacon, mushrooms, olives and green onions. We each got fountain drinks. I knew I still had a good chunk of the Sac Perk left to burn, so I also ordered a garden salad (iceberg, romain, cucumber, red onion, carrot, tomato, croutons and Italian dressing) and the bruschetta.
We took a seat and watched them work on our order from the dining room. The kitchen is very open, so you can see everything. I found it interesting that they had pre-cut slices of pizza dough which they used to build the slices with. I guess I had never really considered that before as a way to sell custom pizza by the slice, but it makes total sense. After a short while my salad was up on the counter and one of the employees was busy cutting what looked like a medium pizza, at least I thought thats what it was. They let me know the salad and bruschetta was ready and as I walked up I wondered A: where’s my bruchetta and B: who’s pizza is this (we were the only ones there at this point). Thats about when I realized it was the bruschetta. Crazy, I expected maybe 3 or 4 small sticks. Then again looking back at the price, it was more than my slice was, so I guess it works out about right. The salad was fairly small, but it was just a couple bucks.
The bruschetta was pretty good, it was fresh out of the oven so the bread was nice was warm. It was served with sides of ranch, and the ranch was really strong, like a little tiny bit would almost dominate the flavor. It’s a lot, even for 2 people, but I would definitely order it again. The garden salad was good, everything seemed to be fresh and crisp. The croutons were tiny little things, and actually just about everything else was also small. I found it difficult to spear a decent amount with my fork and did a lot more scooping than I normally would with a salad. I’m not much into Italian dressing but it was alright. I could see myself getting it again. One thing I was thinking is that it could have been a lot colder, which is how I like my salads.
Not long after the bruschetta and salad came out the slices were ready. The crust was nice and crisp and nearly supported the toppings on it’s own, but it did need just a little help from my other hand. I was really happy with the amount of toppings they put on it. Every single bite had a nice amount of everything. A thin but flavorful layer of finely chopped bacon pieces were spread over the entire slice just above the cheese. Justin commented that while he liked the crispness of the crust, he thought the cheese could have been better melted By the time he mentioned this however, his slice was long gone (he eats crazy fast, refer to my Counter post) so I didn’t get a chance to see it. I thought my white cheddar blend was melted just fine. I noticed on of the green onions was slightly burnt, but everything else seemed to be cooked just about right. The chicken pieces were good sized, tender and juicy.
Overall I was really happy with Slice. I went in with fairly high expectations and wasn’t disappointed. I also felt like the prices were very reasonable. My $25 Sac Perk covered both our orders with a few bucks to spare. Besides the cheese melting comment, Justin seemed to approve of Slice as well, though he wondered how long they might last in this location. I doubt they get much foot traffic, maybe some from the nearby hotels and probably some walk overs from Sunsplash but that’s about it.