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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Slyce Pizza Bar, Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Everyone hold onto your hats, because there are two common menu items upon which I almost NEVER bestow superlative adjectives (pizza and sandwiches, especially at the local level), having developed a ridiculously spoiled palate over the past decade...but I am seriously oozing some bona fide pizza and slider lurve right about now.

Slyce Pizza Bar is an urban-chic little pizzeria right across the street from the Gulf of Mexico which offers a full liquor bar with a respectable selection of beer and wine, indoor and outdoor dining, comfortable bar with sports-broadcasting flat screens, decent acoustical entertainment that is dialed down to a convo-friendly level and pretty much the best pizza I've ever eaten in Florida.

We opted to sit outside because the interior was noisy and packed...plus, it was a nice night for al fresco dining.  While I slurped my $9.75/glass La Crema Chard, UD chilled with an imported Czech brewski.














Garlic knots impressed.  The hot and crispy on the outside/moist and tender on the inside freshly baked rolls set my taste buds to dancing "Gangnam Style" after a week of low-carb damage control (hellish as always).  Awash in butter and garlic, the side of zesty marinara sauce only served to ratchet up their "evil" factor, so obviously it was out of my control...I had to eat two.  And just when I was imagining that I could almost slide a finger under the waistband of my "fat jeans".  I'm officially in a love/hate relationship with you, Slyce...you unsupportive bastard!
















We also tried the trio of Sliders (all served on delicious house-baked rolls):
  • Meatball - Thinly sliced meatballs topped with our pizza sauce and melted Mozzarella cheese.
  • Sausage/Pepper/Onion – A mixture of mild Italian sausage, roasted peppers and onions, and melted Provolone cheese.
  • Prosciutto – Shaved Italian ham, seasoned mixed baby greens, sliced tomato, and fresh Mozzarella cheese finished with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
All fresh tasting and fantastic!  The creamy, roasted veggie pasta salad on the side was one of the best pasta salads I've ever eaten. At the risk of being redundant..."fresh" seems to be the operative word at Slyce.
















On to the pizza.  You may either create your own concoction here or order a specialty pizza.  A nice touch offered by this establishment is that you can order a half-pizza...which we both wound up doing since it was either my way or divorce court, having my heart totally set on the Meatball Mushroom pie.  As it turned out, while my pizza was totally fabu (featuring a generous topping of hearty meatball slices and a plethora of funghi, laden with plenty of melted cheese and served atop a light and crispy crust), UD's Pear a Dice (olive oil, fresh sliced pear, Gorgonzola and Mozzarella cheeses with shaved Prosciutto) was mind-blowingly good.  The sweetness of the pear was the perfect foil to the salty slivers of dry-cured Italian ham.  Amazing.














We got adequate service at Slyce and the food far surpassed expectations.   Awesome casual  beach fare.


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  3. Good to know. Next time I'm in India (not that I'd go there even if someone paid for my airfare), I'll check it out. Relevant comments are always appreciated...thank you.

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