The Last Slice

IMG_0529After a week of Greek food Neil and I were very happy to discover The Last Slice a little hole in the way pizza shop with two communal tables on the street there serves a very tasty selection of pizza.  They were open late and when we left at around midnight they were still putting fresh pies in the display case – the two young hipster working here couldn’t have been sweeter, when I tried to pay up front after I ordered he just said: after – I will bring to you later you pay.  IMG_0526The classic Margherita was served with a sprinkling of fresh basil and sweet fresh cherry tomatoes. So good!IMG_0525I really regret not trying the pepperoni pizza… below a creative zucchini and black olive pizza.IMG_0527In addition to pizza they had three beers on tap and if you didn’t want beer the bar next store seemed more than happy to serve you drinks.  The two animated regulars at the end of our table had an ongoing conversation going with the waitress next store who brought the large mustached man a tall glass of ouzo – their back and forth really made me wish I spoke Greek!

Here is a the full menu (a slice cost approx $2.45.  A glass of draft was around $3.50)IMG_0522IMG_0528The thing about this place that we loved so much, in addition to the adorable staff and the best slice of pizza in Greece, was hanging out on the street and instead of eating in traditional New York style, which is to say shoving the slice in your face as you walk and gobbling it down quickly – we were able to have a relaxed time hanging at the communal tables and taking in the street life.IMG_0523 Condiments: in a land not known for spice or hot food this basket of flavor made me very happy.IMG_0521And finally of picture of my last slice (I had 2 and regret not being able to have gone back for more!)

You may wonder why I am writing about a pizza joint in a post about a trip to Greece.  It’s simple: in Thessaloniki there are a ton of Greek restaurants, a ton. As a New Yorker who is used to having a burrito for breakfast dim sum for lunch and ramen for dinner by the end of our 7 days in Thessaloniki we were desperate for anything that wasn’t Greek. Not that the Greek food wasn’t great, it was we didn’t have one bad meal and had many exceptional ones, but variety, after all, is the spice of life.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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3 Responses to The Last Slice

  1. Chris & Skip says:

    We’re exactly the same. Skip and I never eat as much pizza as we do traveling in Mexico. After a stream of tacos, or farmer’s salad, you need a break and some contrast so you can continue appreciating the local cuisine!

    Welcome home.

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      Thanks it’s good to be home – now if only the jetlag would go away! Of course even though I am home my next three posts are all still about Greece – so much to discover! Are you doing Mexico this year? We are back in PV in December…

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