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[Photographs: Meredith Smith]

Oggi is mostly a pie and sandwich place, but you can always get a slice of pepperoni or tomato and basil, as well as a 'slice of the day'. Topping the Weird Science special was Cajun red onion, zucchini, and beef pepperoni. After seeing the paper thin zucchini slices on yesterday's Daily Slice, I decided to ignore my unadventurous inclinations and take my chances on zucchini. I regret that a little.

This otherwise fine slice did not benefit from the thick watery wedges of the "gourmet" topping. What is the appeal of adding hunks of vegetables that bake into sog-inducing landmines? Had I seen the slices ahead of time, I would have known that this was not the time to choose adventure, but they keep the slices tucked away out of sight. I will say this, however; the crust held up its end of the bargain. It was sturdy and solid, but with a pastry flake and pliancy about it. The bottom of the slice could only be described as delicate, but it was able to support the heft of the toppings.

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There were mixed guesses about what qualified the red onions to be Cajun. Despite a hypothesis at the cash register that they were potentially fried, turns out they just got a shake of McCormicks seasoning. Not the hot little slice I was after. The beef pepperoni did the most to boost the flavor of this slice. Gamier than your average pork version, the ultra skinny rounds were like a pepperoni-jerky hybrid. Just a half dozen or so of those nestled in that gooey, milky mozzarella and mild, fresh tomato sauce would make for a slice worth revisiting.

Oggi Gourmet

1350 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02138 (map)
617-492-6444; oggigourmet.com


About the author: Meredith Smith is the Slice editor. You can follow her on Twitter: @mertsmith.

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