As a resident of 25th Street, I was plenty excited when I discovered that Lucky Slice Pizza was opening this past Friday at 200 25th St, on the corner of Lincoln and 25th. Founded by Mike McDonald, Will Shafer, and Nick VanArdsdell, Lucky Slice aims to bring high quality pizza with quick service to Ogden’s historic downtown. Offering a diverse menu, they feature slices, 12″ and 16″ pies, fresh baked paninis, salads, wings, breadsticks, and even bruschetta if you’re feeling a little fancy. While they don’t have it yet, they do hope to offer beer and wine by May. They’ve got all the traditional toppings, plus eight different homemade sauces, seven cheeses, and all their ingredients are fresh.
Mike, Will, and Nick met about two years ago in Arizona, but got serious about opening a pizza place last fall after Nick and Mike’s former restaurant, Boccia’s in Harrisville, closed down. Hoping to provide something they felt was missing, a fast and late-night eatery, the three signed a lease last October. While the location is great, within a block from most of the nightlife and entertainment in Ogden, it required significant renovation before Lucky Slice could move in. They removed over 15,000 lbs. of plaster and had to fill in a hole in the floor. Now, though, the place looks great. They have bar seating along the windows, and about 10 tables filling out their narrow dining area.
I stopped by opening night with fellow Indie Ogden writer Tim to check it out. There was a bit of a wait to put in our orders, but once we got our pizzas it was well worth it. I ordered the “Dub All-Star,” one of their in house specialties. Starting with a creamy pesto sauce, it was topped with mozzarella, roasted chicken, spinach, fresh tomatoes, caramelized onions, and drizzled with BBQ sauce. The dough wasn’t thin or thick, fitting right in that sweet spot for thickness. Everything was mouthwatering, and the chicken tasted better and fresher than any chicken I’ve ever had at a restaurant before. Tim opted for the “Spartiken,” a Greek-inspired pizza featuring the house herbal sauce, roasted chicken, spinach, artichoke hearts, feta, and mozzarella. He described it as “pretty awesome”, with the “feta providing a perfect contrast to the moist chicken and fresh artichoke.” The prices were also very reasonable, with slices going for $2.49 for cheese or pepperoni and $2.99 for the daily special, 12” specialty pizzas for $13.99, and paninis for $6.49.
Lucky Slice’s key location makes them a great choice for some quick slices while on your lunch break or en route to a Raptor’s game, or really any time you’re in the mood for some delicious food. I will definitely be returning to Lucky Slice, and am very happy that 25th Street finally has a late night pizza place that will make for a great stop when leaving the City Club or Brewski’s after last call. When asked what pizza topping they would be, Mike responded with “bacon,” Will with “caramelized onion”, and Nick with “the cheese that holds it all together.” We wish these guys well and highly recommend you stop by and see for yourself.
-John Cline: John is a three plus year resident of Ogden. By days he’s a radar engineer, by night he spends his time developing software, playing video games, and finding a way to become an astronaut.