By: Kristine M. Kierzek for the Journal Sentinel
Bringing its brand of old-school cool to the east side, Classic Slice opened a second location in January.
If you haven’t recently been to the area of E. North Ave. between Humboldt and Oakland avenues, the new stretch of retail might surprise you. Classic Slice sits on a corner next to Open Pantry.
Bring an appetite. Individual slices larger than your head start at $4.25. A lunch special features a cheese, pepperoni or sausage slice and soda for $4.50.
Specialty slices have fun names – I’m Feta Up, the Anne Curry, Milmac n’ Cheese – and toppings are plentiful, creative and fresh. If those options don’t appeal to you, create your own. Vegan options include soy cheese, vegan sausage and tofu.
My current love is the Baconizer, with sausage, pesto and cheese. It might seem like too much, but for bacon lovers there’s no such thing. Want more? Meatallica is a carnivore’s dream, loaded with sausage, bacon, pepperoni and meatballs.
Expanding upon the fresh focus at the first location, meatballs and roast beef for sandwiches are prepared in-house. They’ve increased bread production, too, making ciabatta for Comet Café and Honeypie.
Everything is made to order, including slices of pizza. Call ahead, or play Donkey Kong while you wait.
What: The Baconizer, with bacon, sausage, mushrooms and pesto
Where: Classic Slice, 1609 E. North Ave.
How much: $6
Serves: One to two
Why we like it: A relaxed spot for lunch into late-night, they’ve perfected super-size slices with hand-tossed crust.
Suggested side: Spring salad of arugula, spinach and endive with parsnips, carrots and roasted red peppers ($3.50 small, $5.75 large).
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Saturday. Delivery available 5 p.m. to close.
To order: (414) 270-1880; menu at www.theclassicslice.com.