Pair pizza and Peroni at Slice Stone Pizza and Brew.
By Jan Walsh
Photography by Beau Gustafson
I love to try “new” restaurants—a few months after they open. Today we lunch at the new family owned and operated pizza restaurant in Birmingham’s Lakeview District. Appropriately located in the stone building at 29th Street South, Jeff, Chris and Jason Bajalieh opened Slice Stone Pizza and Brew here in 2011.
More than a place to grab a great pizza, Slice is the type of place where you want to hang out with friends, watch a game or just relax over a cold brew. From the marinara to the pizza dough, the cuisine is fresh and handmade. And local is incorporated at every opportunity, including the Alabama brewed beers that are served on tap. There are also many, great imported beers. Today we pair a favorite Italian beer—Peroni—with Slice’s Italian fare, which is divided among small plates, salads, pizza and desserts. Several of 12-inch pizza pies are tempting, but we settle on “This Little Piggy” pizza. Our beer arrives cold with an icy cold glass and the pizza arrives hot and hearty—topped with molinari pepperoni, capicola ham, prosciutto, bacon, house Italian sausage, roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. The flavors and textures of the meats, cheese and tomatoes meld into each bite of the crisp, comforting crust. And sips of the crisp, pale ale make a perfect match for this tasty pie. Slice Stone Pizza and Brew is off to a great start with attentive service, friendly atmosphere, and appetite quenching pizzas and beers.
magazine, January 2012