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In Dining

Classic Slice slices are Titanic-sized triangles.

In Dining

The Bay View pizzeria offers traditional and gourmet pizzas in a kick-back environment.

In Dining

Classic Slice is one of four restaurants in OnMilwaukee.com's "Slice of Milwaukee" pizza contest.

Classic Slice represents Bay View in pizza contest


October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, special features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food. Bon appetit!

It's no surprise that Classic Slice agreed to be a part of OnMilwaukee.com's "Slice of Milwaukee" pizza contest. After all, we're talking about a staff that's not afraid to get creative with their 'za recipes, like the carnivorous Meat-tallica or the Bangkok Chicken Sriracha.

"The options can get pretty crazy, but they're always good," says Denise Gerou, Classic Slice manager and pizza thrower.

The Slice of Milwaukee pizza contest requires the four participating restaurants to create a pie that's a tribute to Brew City, something Classic Slice has done before. Well, sort of.

"We made the Baconizer in honor of the Cedar Block / Francis Bacon exhibit at the art museum and the Free Ride honoring Harley-Davidson's 105th, but never anything just for Milwaukee," says Classic Slice owner, Marisa Lang.

Classic Slice opened two years ago, pioneering the way for additional quality pizza joints like Marchese's Olive Pit, 1100 S. 1st St., and Transfer Pizzeria Café, 101 W. Mitchell St.

Classic Slice features a mix of traditional and gourmet pizzas, including vegan options and pesto or Alfredo sauces for customers who prefer white to red sauce.

Classic Slice pizza is available by the pie or the slice, but their slices aren't skinny floppies or for those with a sparrow's appetite. Instead, a Classic Slice slice is a hearty wedge piled with ingredients.

"We get as many fresh ingredients as we can," says Gerou.

The slices cost between $3.75 and $5.50, and the 16-inch, 20-inch and 26-inch pies range from $13.75 to $26.

Lang says the most popular pizzas on the menu are the The Dolce (fresh garlic, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil), the sausage / mushroom / onion and the Anne Curry (curry sauce, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes and homemade tofu.)

Classic Slice feature a "Slice of the Week," a recipe invented by an employee. Previous concoctions include the "Olive Oyl."

Classic Slice offers salads and desserts, along with beer and wine.

Interestingly, the Bay View pizzeria is almost pizza slice-shaped, and features an open, clean, comfy atmosphere. Lang describes it as a "nice community hang out (and) very Milwaukee -- comfortable, easy, but also a little New York style, a little kitschy."

Pizza Man, 1800 E. North Ave., Zaffiro's, 1724 N. Farwell Ave., and Balistreri's, 6501 W. Bluemound Rd., are participants in the Slice of Milwaukee pizza contest, along with Classic Slice.

In mid-October, the OnMilwaukee.com editors will sample each of the Milwaukee pizzas and choose the winner. All of the recipes will be in an OnMilwaukee.com article on Oct. 30. The article will also announce the winner of the contest.


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Triciawiz | Oct. 10, 2008 at 5:20 p.m. (report)

Thank God for Classic Slice! Finally a place where you can choose EXACTLY what you want, get filled up on 1 piece and not spend an arm and a leg. Yummy!

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krkriegel | Oct. 9, 2008 at 11:04 a.m. (report)

I loooove me some Classic Slice. Or as I like to call them...Magic Slice.

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eito | Oct. 9, 2008 at 10:42 a.m. (report)

as long as they don't include a category that asks for basil...."the slice" will for sure parish because they seem to not want to include that on their wedges.....been there 3 times total and 3 times asked for basil, including the 3rd visit asked for extra basil, and got blanked all 3 times.....what no offshore growing of basil available or all smoked up?

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kinnickinnic | Oct. 9, 2008 at 3:39 a.m. (report)

Best pizza crust in milwaukee! I have eaten milwaukee's best all over town for 30years. Lisa's, Zaffiro's, Ann's, Pizza Man's-you name it. Clasic Slice's crust is the best.

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CoolerKing | Oct. 8, 2008 at 9:30 p.m. (report)

While I'll agree it's easy to miss if you're heading southbound on KK, I do disagree with dickdave's comment regarding service. I've always gotten prompt service at Classic Slice all the way back to when they first opened. If you want it faster, the only way I could really see it happen is if they bake slices and put them under a lamp ala Rocky Rococo's (which means not getting a slice straight out of the oven).

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