Medi's Pizza and Pasta on Sixth Avenue is entering its third week of business. I'll have a more in-depth report Friday, but here are the basics. The downscale pizza joint is like a red sauce Italian pasta and pizza joint, just minus the red-checked tablecloths. The food is bargain priced, daytime patrons are a mix of funky hipsters, guys in construction garb and families with kids. It may be my new favorite kid-friendly hangout in Tacoma, aside from the Harmon. At night, it takes on a more mature tone with live music and karaoke. And here's something new for Sixth: a pizza-by-the-slice restaurant. Click "more" to read about the menu.
Medi's opened nearly three weeks ago in the storefront where Sluggo Music used to be. Medi's owners are the same as O'Malley's, the pub just down the street (they make killer Philly cheesesteaks).
The menu is brief, basic (pizza, calzones, pasta) and seems shockingly well priced. A large cheese pizza will run you $10 - that's about half of what a large costs at Puget Sound Pizza down the hill. And based on three visits, I'd say Medi's pizza beats Puget Sound Pizza not only in price, but Medi's blasts PSP's execution. Calzones are $6 and a meatball sandwich is $5. Pizza by the slice (only at lunch and late night) costs $2 for cheese or pepperoni. They have draft root beer on tap from Crater Lake Soda in Oregon.
Medi's makes pizza with medium thickness, neither crispy thin or doughy thick. The crust comes with pleasing pull and chewy resistance, and edges carry a touch of crisp. The tomato sauce consistently tasted rich and sharp, as if it's been slow cooked in a pot on the back of the stove for half a day - this does not taste like sauce from a can. Or if it is, they've cooked the heck out of it until it takes on that authentic tang of slow-cooked tomatoes.
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Calzones look hand-crimped and are a bargain at $6. A meatball calzone stuffed with mozzarella and a swipe of red sauce was my favorite cheapest lunch in September.
And prepare yourself for the best $1 salad in town. Crisp greens, black olives, a tomato wedge and a dusting of grated parmesan and a few squiqqles of mozzarella. It's a buck if you buy with a pasta, calzone or sandwich. It's $2 otherwise.
Medi's Pizza and PastaWhere: 2710 Sixth Ave., TacomaInfo: 253-272-2531Facebook here