– What’s Up, Home Slice NOLO? North Loop Store Menu Makes Room For New Offerings –
Photography courtesy of Julia Keim.
The owners of Home Slice Pizza are excited to reveal details surrounding the expansion to North Austin with a new restaurant off North Loop (NOLO). After years of planning, the award-winning local pizzeria is finally bringing their “authentic NY-style pizza by the slice or pie” to North Central Austin in the ever-growing NOLO area. Located near the corner of North Loop and Duval at 501 E 53rd Street, Home Slice’s second location is currently under construction and is slated for a late fall 2017 opening.
The new Home Slice Pizza NOLO will combine several beloved features of the original Home Slice and More Home Slice annex, including full service dine-in, take out, patio seating, and indoor and outdoor bar seating, all under the same roof. The NOLO location will offer patrons roughly the same seating and oven capacity as the South Congress stores, but with twice the onsite parking.
“We look forward to soon delighting our customers, both familiar and new, in a welcoming, vibrant, accessible neighborhood like North Loop,” said Jen Scoville Strickland, co-founder of Home Slice Pizza.
Expanded offerings exclusive to the new location will include a full bar, featuring a classic cocktail program. The team plans to offer specially chosen vermouths and amaros, alongside a highly curated selection of spirits in an effort to highlight old school classics like the Manhattan, Boulevardier, Harvey Wallbanger, and Rusty Nail. The cocktail program will be founded on the same authenticity, lack of pretension, and focus on genuine friendly service that guides the restaurant’s approach to pizza.
“Just like we have tried and true pizza combinations on our menu, our cocktail list will focus on simple, delicious drinks that have stood the test of time,” said Nano Whitman, newly established partner and director of operations at the NOLO location, who also served as one of the original restaurant’s first managers when it opened in 2005.
In addition to cocktails, the draft beer offerings at the NOLO location will be expanding to take advantage of the recent explosion of locally produced craft beers. As for wine options, Home Slice will continue to pour only carefully chosen, affordable Italian boutique wines by the glass, bottle, and carafe.
Also exclusive to the new location, Home Slice NOLO is expanding the menu to include Buffalo wings, a standard offering at pizzerias in the North East.
“Buffalo wings are part of almost every pizzeria experience where I grew up,” said Scoville Strickland, who hails from Geneseo, a small town near Buffalo, New York. “And just like the claim we make with our NY-style pies, we are looking forward to turning Austin on to this regional delicacy done right!”
“Serving delicious, responsibly sourced wings will also allow us to offer something new for our gluten free customers,” added Terri Hannifin-Buis, co-founder of Home Slice Pizza.
The NOLO location will also offer the specialty Sicilian square pie seven-days-a-week. Currently available at the South Congress location only on Mondays and Thursdays because of the space it takes to produce the specialty pies, this sheet pan pizza took years to develop and requires an entirely separate production process from Home Slice’s typical New York-style dough. The passion project of former Kitchen Manager Phil Korshak who regularly visited shops in New York and California to perfect the recipe, the Sicilian pie brings another authentic staple of the NY-style pizzeria to a beloved Austin neighborhood and its residents.
With the new NOLO location, Home Slice Founders Jen Scoville Strickland, Joseph Strickland, and Terri Hannifin-Buis are also set to welcome three longtime employees into the fold as minority owners and partners. Nano Whitman, partner/director of operations, hired by Home Slice in 2005 as the company’s first manager and bartender; Jeff Mettler, partner/special projects, who led and oversaw the opening of More Home Slice in 2010; and Adam Cooper, partner/director of infrastructure, who has been handling all back office business for the company since 2012, have all participated in the concept, design, and execution of the NOLO store, and will all have an ownership stake.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome these guys to the ownership side of the table,” said Joseph Strickland, co-founder of Home Slice Pizza. “They’ve totally earned it.”
“The company’s future is brighter because of their involvement,” concluded Hannifin-Buis.
For more information on Home Slice Pizza, and to stay up-to-date on the North Central Austin expansion news, please visit www.HomeSlicePizza.com.