Sometimes you just want a gooey, absurdly large slice of pizza to send your taste buds into ecstasy and kick your cares to the curb. Whether you're on lunch break or heading home from a night on the town, here are some great places that serve pizza by the slice.
Great pizza by the slice
By Megan PantakMetromix
April 7, 2009
Stop by this locals' pizzeria during lunch and get a slice made to order with such ingredients as feta cheese, chicken and spicy salami. Everything here from the pizza crusts to the gnocchi are handmade; you'll be licking your fingers by the time you're done. Hours are limited, but waiting during the lunch rush is well worth the substantial slice of pie you'll get.
This pizzeria makes the perfect pie for the lunch crowd and sports fans alike, with its downtown Phoenix location near Chase Field. The special slice here is the vegetarian, a cheesy confection covered in mushrooms, olives and artichoke hearts, while the meat lover's pizza, white pizza and Hawaiian pizza are other crowd favorites. Savory hot wings, pasta, sandwiches and calzones will make a perfect pairing with the perfect slice.
Slices might be tiny, but the massive portions of pie make up for it. This petite pizzeria has tastes for all palates. They cover the basics with cheese, pepperoni and fresh vegetables, and offer chicken pesto, baked potato and baked eggplant slices for more adventurous foodies. Watch a game on a TV almost as big as the restaurant, or chat up your neighbor at the long, cafeteria-style table filling most of the space. Slices' fast, friendly service make it a college-town favorite.
The portions are huge and the prices are little at this traditional Italian pizzeria, tucked into downtown Phoenix's Arizona Center. Cafe Roma specializes in New York and Sicilian techniques, with a heaping of fresh, tasty toppings atop a thin, chewy, handmade crust. This place is clean, the service is fast and friendly, and the atmosphere is relaxed and approachable.
This place isn't messing around when it comes to piling on the toppings. Whether you want the cheesiest slice or the meatiest slice, Brooklyn NYC Pizza has it covered—literally. The laid-back New York-style atmosphere, complete with exposed brick and stainless-steel finishes, makes for the perfect pizza joint to meet friends at on game day.
At Venezia's, a whopping slice from a 24-inch pie will only cost you $2, with large portions of toppings just 35 cents each. The dough is handmade daily, along with the tangy tomato sauce this pizzeria is known for. Toppings include everything from fresh garlic, pepperoni and homemade meatballs, to chicken, ground beef and green chilies. The family owned restaurant is steeped in the traditional Italian and New York style of pizza making, and has been a Tempe favorite since its opening more than a decade ago.
Located in the heart of downtown Tempe, Otto Pizza & Pastry is a family-owned neighborhood favorite. This hole in the wall specializes in the simple things: thin, crispy crusts, tangy tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. Low prices, the daily special (two slices and a drink for $5.06), and fast, friendly service are what make this joint one of the best in Tempe.
Lest we forget the classics, Barro's has been an Arizona tradition since 1980, and for good reason. Try a slice of traditional cheese or pepperoni, or sample something more exotic like a slice of the hot wing pizza, piled high with chicken, hot wing sauce, cheddar and mozzarella. Regardless of the slice you choose, it's guaranteed to be served up hot and with the fresh ingredients. Try one of the four lunch specials, never more than $4.25 for a full meal.
Talk about a college student's dream—this place is open 24 hours a day serving up huge, tasty pies for an appealing price. Whether you're gearing up to study or coming home from a late night of barhopping, one or two slices from this place will keep your stomach satisfied for hours. And to make the deal even sweeter, Gus's delivers.
This place is not your typical pizzeria. T C Luigi's combines both Italian and Greek cuisine to provide Downtown Tempe with everything from gyros to classic, Italian-style pizza. The restaurant itself is modest in size, but the slices here are an entire meal. Stop in during lunch to try a slice of the pesto pizza and sample a side of green olives.
Tessio's isn't messing around when it comes to toppings, whether your want broccoli, meatballs or even gyro meat. A traditional slice starts at $1.99 and additional toppings are 35 cents each, so pizza lovers can build their slice just the way they like it. Try a slice of the Greek, a cheesy confection topped with gyro meat, black olives, feta cheese and pepperoncinis.