Slices from Slicer
Slicer Pizzeria, a new shop in Oakland's Piedmont district, aims to be a casual neighborhood joint where you can grab a slice or a take-out pie. Owner Colin Etezadi says you should feel completely comfortable swinging by in your sweatpants.
Stretching the Dough
Etezadi stretches the dough for a pie. Prior to opening Slicer, Etezadi worked in a number of pizza places around town, so he says it didn't take long for them to work out their dough recipe, which uses a mix of natural starter and commercial yeast.
Ready to Bake
Though the pies at Slicer are decidedly New York-style, they feature an array of California-style toppings. Here, a pancetta pie—tomato sauce, shaved fennel, pancetta, and calabrian chilies—makes its way toward the oven.
Into the Oven
Slicer cooks its New York-style pies in a Baker's Pride gas oven.
A Finished Pancetta Pie
The pancetta pie at Slicer gets finished with some fresh mint.
Prepping a Squash Pie
Etezadi puts the finishing touches on a summer squash pie. On the menu, it comes with red onion, ricotta, and fresh corn, but when he saw us prowling around the kitchen with a camera in-hand, he added a few tomatoes for a splash of color.
Finished Squash Pie
Etezadi plans to rotate toppings with the seasons, so this summer squash pie will disappear as other produce takes over the stalls at the local markets.
A Smiling Bigfoot
Slicer's dining area is relatively basic, with one large communal table, a ledge in the window, and a few two-person high tops along one wall. The primary design note is the smiling Sasquatch on the wall, created by artist Tara Tucker. "He's pretty chill," says Etezadi, of the smiling behemoth.
Step right up to order your slices.
Slicer's menu is simple enough that it can be just-about summarized by the sign outside their front door. The only thing missing is dessert—right now, a basil panna cotta—bottled sodas, and seasonal agua frescas.