I thought I was going to strike out on this pizza project.
Restaurant watchers fling this question my way from time to time: “Why don’t Tacoma pizza joints offer pizza by the slice?”
The answer might surprise you as much as it did me: They do. But only at lunch and in limited quantities. That means if you don’t get there early, you’re walking out with nothing.
I stuck with narrow parameters to make this assignment manageable. I kept my search to pizza restaurants in Tacoma proper: Downtown Tacoma, St. Helens, Sixth Avenue and the Edison neighborhoods, all centrally located business zones with nearby workers to feed.
I scratched off buffets and cook-while-you-wait offers because that required too much time. I was searching for quick-service restaurants with ready-to-go pizza by the slice, which diners have all over East Coast urban areas. My goal? Get out in less than five minutes with a hot slice and spend no more than $5. See how these five Tacoma pizza joints did on my quest for a fast, cheap pizza lunch — East Coast style.
1946 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; 253-779-0769 or abellapizzeria.com.
AH BADABING PIZZERIA
5240 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma; 253-582-2170 or facebook.com/ AhBadabingPizzeria.
203 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma; 253-683-4606 or thehubrestaurants.com.
IT’S GREEK TO ME
1702 Sixth Ave., Tacoma; 253-272-1375.
PUGET SOUND PIZZA
317 S. Seventh St., Tacoma; 253-383-4777, psptacoma.com.