Wild Slice Pizzeria - Good for Families
“It had to be good for families.”
Wild Slice Pizzeria Re-thinks Meaning of ‘Family Restaurant’
WHEN SEASONED RESTAURATEUR, Wild Slice Pizzeria’s owner Mike Thomas, moved his family from Nevada back to be with his wife Cristy’s extended family (in Roswell) he was intent on opening a restaurant that would serve as a community gathering spot. The restaurants he had operated up to that point had all became fixtures in their respective communities.
The difference this time was he now had a young family of his own, which has become the foundation and central focus of his life today. A ‘non-negotiable’ was the new place must be family-friendly, and he even set out to improve on the idea of a family restaurant. He knew first-hand how much work would have to go into running a successful food and beverage business, so it was imperative to him that his wife and children be welcomed and involved in his day-to-day.
Dining out with the whole family can sometimes feel like an ordeal. Between finding a place that has something on the menu to satisfy every palate and making sure it’s affordable as well, it can be tough to figure out where to go. We found Wild Slice strikes the perfect balance - enjoyable for both kids and adults.
They put the kids orders in right away so their pizza comes out fast. All items on the menu are available in kid sized portions at half the price. Kids eat free on Monday nights. The gaming area is in the back - out of the general flow of dining but in clear view of parents enjoying pre or post meal drinks. They offer free tokens for the arcade games and a “winner every time” claw machine. Staff seems genuinely amused by the little ones. We felt an authentic appreciation for families - they don’t just talk the talk. Additionally, on principle, Wild Slice is closed on Sundays, which can be a big sacrifice for a small business owner’s bottom line.
Wild Slice Pizzeria’s second priority - and the reason we were first drawn to this family owned business to learn more - is their commitment to service. I’m not talking about customer service (that’s good, too!); rather, the ‘giving back’ kind of service - serving Roswell’s nonprofits and particularly schools as Mike’s wife Cristy is a Special Education teacher here in Roswell. Education and our youth holds a special place in their hearts with Wild Slice providing support with time, money and of course, pizza.
Last summer, when Mike realized there was no ‘National Pizza by the Slice Day,’ he created one! His infectious enthusiasm generated a national grassroots movement by enlisting other local and national pizzerias, food bloggers and vendors, declaring Wednesday, August 22, the National Pizza by the Slice Day. He took the opportunity of increased media attention by tying the day locally into raising money for the Drake House. Mike began to devote more time and resources to helping the folks at the Drake House and is now serving on their newly formed Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC).
Additionally Mike serves as the community member on the School Governance Council for Esther Jackson Elementary in Roswell. “As a business centered on family, we must serve the families of our community. We believe it is our obligation to create opportunities of awareness and fundraising whenever possible,” Mike says.
We almost forgot to mention the great pizza, which is served up with a sauce-to-cheese ratio that delivers as much as you need but not more than the structural integrity can handle; good-quality and creatively combined toppings and a flavorful, savory crust. The dough is house made daily using a baking technique called autolyse, which delivers dough with better texture, rise and flavor, along with a three-day cold proofing process to achieve the quality of crust he is looking for. The raw sauce is made up of quality tomato sauce with a special blend of herbs, spices, garlic and brown sugar.
Like many modern pizza makers, Wild Slice chose to go with a blend of cheeses - rather than straight mozzarella - to enhance both the flavor and the texture of every slice. They tested eight different types of blends, settling on one made of whole milk mozzarella, smoked provolone and an aged white cheddar.
Wild Slice’s signature pizzas are guests’ favorites, like the Wild Italian Meat Lover, Buffalo Chicken and a sweet and spicy Asian-style SrirachaYaki Chicken. We scrolled over many of the restaurant’s online reviews and found a common theme: everyone raved about the Potato Bacon pizza. In addition to vegetarian specialties like the Caprese Pie and Veggie Pesto, Wild Slice offers gluten free crust and bread as well as vegan cheese. In addition to pizza, patrons enjoy fresh salads, sandwiches, as well as simple catering solutions and online ordering.
Finally, the thing we loved about Mike Thomas and his pizzeria business is how - like us - he goes out of his way to support and lift up other local businesses, whether it be other local restaurants or shops and services. 5 Stars.
Wild Slice Pizzeria
580 E. Crossville RD. Suite 420, Roswell, GA 30075
(Kroger shopping center across from Aldi’s)
(770) 640-0023 | @wildslicepizzeria
www.wildslicepizzeria.com | #nationalpizzabythesliceday