I almost never go out to eat and order a whole pizza. Something about toppings are very personal, we all have our preferences, dietary restrictions and taste swings. Trying to get four or five people to decide on a pizza is an exercise in futility and frustration.
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For this reason, as well as the fact that I often dine alone, I only go to pizza places that offer slices. If I have never been somewhere before, I check ahead of time to make sure they sell slices. If I am driving by, I look for prominent signage advertising the availability of slices.
Slice at Stonewall Pizza, Lenexa
What am I driving at here? Well, I think every single pizza place should offer slices or individual servings. The “pizza buffet?” Not going to cut it.
Slices are tough on a restaurant because you have to partially or fully cook them, then heat them up. If you try to make them from scratch, the patron is looking at a long wait. Whole Foods does a nice job on this front. I really enjoy the slices at Original Pizza but you run the risk of it not being fully heated, since they want to serve you quickly.
Slice & salad from Original Pizza, Overland Park.
Papa Keno’s takes forever, but I think they actually make each slice to order. Hell, they barely qualify as slices, since the the slice has to be sliced into smaller, uh, slices.
There’s D’Bronx which makes pretty good slices too. I like that they don’t skimp on the toppings; they come really loaded.
Slice from D'Bronx, Overland Park
And there are several more options before you are compelled to graduate to “gourmet” individual pizzas at a joint like Pizza Bella or Spin.