Table Hopping – March 2013
“Best Pizza by the Slice”
1209 W. 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
When owner, John Milone, saw that his home-based pizza delivery business was paying the bills, he knew it was time to get a retail space. He found the perfect spot in the Westwood neighborhood, just west of the Country Club Plaza. Johnny Jo’s makes 16” & 18” New York style pies and Stromboli from scratch, or you can just stop in for a slice for only $3. You’ll see neighbors perched at the counter digging into a slice, watching personable John, toss dough in the air and top each pizza with red sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes and a combination of mozzarella and provolone cheese. BY THE SLICE: Start simple with a slice of cheese or sausage pizza. Those are his two best sellers, one bite, and you’ll see why.
1801 Baltimore Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64108
Located in the Crossroads, Brooklyn-born Victor Almo’s style of pizza is definitely straight out of New York City. For a taste of the “212” right here in KC, try his lunch special and get a salad, a slice and a drink for one low price. If you decide to just go with a single slice, a one topping slice is only $2.85, or you can get a full loaded slice for $4.85, which has everything on it. The atmosphere inside is cozy, but he does get busy at lunch so you may want to call ahead to place your order if you are short on time. BY THE SLICE: Based on demand, Victor created a meataholic slice for $4.55 piled high with pepperoni, ham, sausage and ground beef.D’Bronx Deli and Pizzeria
3904 Bell St
Kansas City, MO, 64111
Although D’Bronx has four locations across now, the original location on 39th Street is the one that delivers that authentic NYC neighborhood deli feel. The pizza is giant floppy slices that you must fold in half just to get them into your mouth. Owner, Don Foringer, is keeping a careful eye on his expansion strategy not wanting to get too far away from the pizza and subs that made the original location such a success. This pizza here is about the balance between the sauce, cheese and the crispy cornmeal dusted crust. A cheese slice is $2.85 and a slice of D’Bronx Special, which is “the works,” is $4.95. BY THE SLICE: Gotta get the pepperoni when you are at D’Bronx and want a slice. Just do it. Grinders
Kansas City, MO 64108
Local sculptor and colorful man about town, Stretch Rumaner, has built a Crossroads culinary & entertainment empire, which he will soon be expanding to Lenexa with his purchase of Stonewall Inn & Pizza. Giant New York style pizza with a thin crust is what he is serving up, and you can customize your slice anyway you want. A slice of cheese is $3.25 and you can doctor it up from there for .50 for each regular standard issue topping or .75 for each “fancy pants” ingredient. Smoked salmon, capers and goat cheese are considered fancy here. BY THE SLICE: In keeping with the colorful nature of this place, and it’s owner, go for a pineapple, jalapeno and mushroom pizza. Live a little.
Kansas City, MO 64111
Owner, Joe Addington, was the bright mind that saw business potential of selling hot slices of pizza to well-lubricated bar patrons inside one of the oldest and most well known watering holes in Westport, Kelly’s Westport Inn. He started Joe’s Pizza by the Slice in the back of the bar in 1997, then expanded into the small storefront behind the bar, still keeping his original serving counter inside of Kelly’s. They serve pizza by the slice, all day, every day until 3 am. This is not fancy pizza, or NYC slice slices . . .this place just serves filling slices of pie. Don’t forget to drizzle a little honey on your pizza “bones” for dessert. BY THE SLICE: Get the combo pizza here, the crust is more substantial and can hold up to all the toppings.