Sauced on Paseo: pizza made to order by the slice
Sauced on Paseo
Sauced on Paseo’s slogan reads “Patio, Pizza, Beer.” They had me at hello. In all honesty, I am a simple pizza kind of girl. Not because I am picky, but just because I think the basic pizza can’t be beat. I mean, cheese and pepperoni is pretty dang tasty. This is why (emphasis on just my own personal preference here) I don’t particularly like places that specialize in what I call “fancy pizzas.”
The beauty of a place like Sauced on Paseo is that you can get whatever you want … on a single slice. Yep, you heard me right. Pizza to order and by the slice. No longer are you doomed to take whatever has been sitting under the heat lamp at other pizza-by-the-slice establishments.
Slices are $3.50 each for plain cheese, pepperoni, or Italian sausage. Additional toppings can be added at $0.25 each. It’s not cheap pizza, but the slices are big, New York style and begging to be folded over and eaten sideways. Most recently my husband and I tried four different slices, and let me say up front — that is a lot of food.
I got a slice of the chicken enchilada pizza (see a pic) which was completely unique and tasted like the real deal. Green chili sour cream pizza sauce? Count me in! All I needed was some Tapatio and I would have been in heaven.
I also ordered a piece of what my husband calls “The Jennifer” — green peppers, red onions and mushrooms (see a pic). This slice offends his meat-loving sensibilities so I don’t get to order it often (again, I emphasize the beauty of ordering pizza by the slice). The crust was crisp, toppings were fresh, and cheese was gooey. In other words, it was perfect.
My husband had a slice of The Full Monty. This slice included pepperoni, Italian sausage, cappacola, bacon, meat this, meat that, more meat … oh, and some cheese and red sauce (see a pic). He thought it was a little heavy on the meat (which is fairly surprising for him) but enjoyed the flavors. He preferred his slice of the Spartacus, which sports feta cheese, roma tomatoes, banana peppers, artichokes, kalamata olives, green peppers, fresh oregano and romesco sauce (see a pic). This Greek concoction loaded on the toppings, but was worth the effort to eat.
Next time we go I really want to try the Suicide Pie which has eight pieces representing each of the restaurant’s eight favorite pizzas. While my husband was a little disturbed that the suicide didn’t include every topping piled onto every piece (a true suicide, he claims) I love the idea of getting one pizza and trying multiple combinations.
Sauced is the most recent venture of Joe Jungmann and Lesley Rawlinson, who operate Paseo Grill across the street, a private dining space The Reserve (also in the Paseo neighborhood) and the Whole Enchilada Café downtown. The restaurant has existed in the neighborhood since 2007 under different management. In 2010, Jungmann and Rawlinson bought the space intent on keeping the community vibe Sauced has always had, but upping the quality and variety of the food.
The atmosphere at Sauced on Paseo is truly unique. From the red-checkered tablecloths to the board games piled in the corner to the graffiti art walls, it is clear this is a place people like to hang out. The night we were there most recently (a Wednesday night) the place was packed with an eclectic crowd, many of whom were there for live poetry readings. Honestly, the best way to describe it is that it is exactly the kind of place you would want to and expect to find in a city’s arts district. Small and quirky with a mix of people from all walks of life.
Sauced has a nice drink offering, including a number of hot teas, coffees, Italian sodas, wines, and an awesome beer selection including some microbrews. I have had a few of their appetizers and have been less than impressed. The star here is clearly the pizza. The place is also a little hot on summer days. I’m not sure if it is always that way or if they were just having A/C problems on the days I went.
Best of all, we were told that they are starting delivery in September of 2011, with boundaries from Penn Ave. to Broadway and 50th St. to Reno Ave. In other words, I will soon be able to enjoy Sauced on Paseo in the comfort of my own home, delivered directly to my door. My husband and I may never have to argue over pizza toppings again.
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See more photos in the photo gallery in our restaurant listing for Sauced on Paseo.