So after parking out on 35 to avoid the jack booted minions of obersturmbahn parking führer Pasquale Menna, Esq. I hiked in the half mile on Monmouth St to the “new” Mr Pizza Slice for lunch.
Exterior has been freshened up a little:
Interior freshened up a lot:
Synthetic stone counters, exposed brick work, and new quarry tile floors. But the floors were still dirty. The counter guy was yelling at me “It’s a Red Bank Institution” as I snapped the photo. Like I didn’t know…
The selection of slices has improved. I decided to give some of the new offerings a chance, so I spread it out and ordered a pepperoni, a meat ball, and a Philly cheese steak:
There were a number of issues. The slices were not reheated properly and had cold spots. Eeuuwww! (@NotJrvedivici) How hard is it to reheat a slice? Also, I asked for a cup of water, and the guy threw a cup at me that I had to fill in the (dirty) bathroom. Finally, the cheese shaker on my table contained no Parmesan, only moldy rice kernels. I know it’s “no frills” but at least you expect the “no frills” to be competently executed.
The slices were ok, but bland, which is how I remember the old place. Their crust, however, is superb with a delicate crunch to the bottom. Of the three slices, the best was the meatball. But even that slice was lots of tomato and no spice, other than the meatball itself. Even the pepperoni was bland. The tab ? $ 10.25 which is more than the much better Brothers bar pie.
I swear Chucky Cheese puts out a pie with more flavor than these.
Bottom line: three perfectly acceptable if unremarkable slices. Which is kind of how I remember the old Mr Pizza Slice.