Real Pizza

A good pizza is hard to come by. Fact is many places haven't a clue to what they are doing. You can pretty much assume 70% of pizza shops don't actually "make" pizza. Here are some easy ways to spot impostors.

The Oven: This is the easiest way to tell if a place is legit or not. If they use a conveyor oven you know they're only one step above 7-11 pizza. Look for a deck oven. I'm talking classic pizza here. The kind you get delivered and have pizza parties with. We use a Bakers Pride Y-802.

A real beauty
Dough: It's sad but true that a lot of places use frozen dough. Yes it's easy but it's like a burger place using frozen patties. It's just unacceptable if you are going to consider yourself a true Pizzeria. Ask a few questions if you're not sure. Like what type of flour they use or if they use dry yeast or fresh yeast. I'd bet most people couldn't give you an answer because it doesn't say on the box of frozen dough balls.

Dough making area. Not a plant in Vernon
Finally, just look at the pizza. Since you have already eaten a Slicetruck pizza you know what a real pie should look like. A little char on the crust, some browned cheese. Thick cut pepperoni, maybe some fresh crimini mushrooms or real pineapple. Sausage made in house daily using Niman ranch pork. You're a smart person, right? I don't need to tell you why my pizza costs more or why comparing me to one of those other places is absurd. You get it.

Hot Garlic Half Sausage Half Pepperoni
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Small Rant

Girl Scout Cookies are terrible. What the hell happened?

Order an 18" or Grandma pizza and mention Girl Scout in the note section and get two real homemade chocolate chip cookies Free!  Only good 3/14-3/15/2014

Drought relief is so cozy

Snuggle up and enjoy the rain



Start browsing Netflix now. You will need some time to sift through the straight to DVD crap and finally settle on a documentary about whales. You thought it was the one about killer whales but this is no Blackfish. This is just a boring story of migrating blue whales.

Crazy documentary suggestion: The Act of Killing.

 Watch that and prepare to have your brain curdle. It is truly unbelievable. Check it out and stop by the shop to discuss the madness. But first order up a pie for you and the one you like to spend rainy nights with. Grab the blanket from the bed and open up that $12 bottle of wine you bought at Trader Joes. Play it safe tonight. Don't stray from your favorite pizza. Rainy days are rare in these parts so have no regrets. Pizza, wine the rain and your couch. Does it get any better? Maybe two free cookies with any 18" or Grandma pizza will do the trick. Possibly more than do the trick. Just type "Cooookies" in the note section when ordering online or mention it when you call in. Only good with the purchase of an 18" or Grandma. And only good tonight. Friday February 28th 2014. You're welcome

Put your money where your mouth is and prove your love


Do you love me?...... Really? " I love you Babe....here's some chocolate. Let's make love!"

Alright, you are not the most romantic guy. Nor the classiest. You have trouble showing her how much she means to you. This Valentine's day you want to get her something that says, " I love you. Without you I would be a lesser man. You Baby, mean everything to me." Chocolates are nice. But chocolate doesn't let her know that you would kill for her. Like you would actually break that dudes neck if only you were way stronger and more crazy. And flowers are a must. No matter what you do grab at least one flower for her. Too many and it seems like you might be feeling guilty for how you treat her. You probably are a jerk sometimes. But flowers can't convey that deep love you feel inside. That feeling you get when you're walking and you think of her and it makes you want to skip down the street smiling like you just took acid at a Phish concert. Flowers do not tell her that. There is only one way to prove the undying murderous psychedelic love she provokes in you. Slicetruck.

We are making a Heart shaped pizza this Valentine's day to help you show the one you love that you do in fact love them. We are only making one size. To get a heart shaped pie order an 18" pizza and ask us to make it a heart.

ONLY 18" PIZZAS. You can order online and write in the note you want it heart shaped. But remember, YOU MUST ORDER AN 18" PIZZA.

 My SOCAL Hipster love song of the day.
My current favorite song


Valentine's tip for the ladies: Act like you like your charm bracelet. And don't tell your single friends how he bought you a heart shaped Slicetruck pizza. It will only further their depression.

Tip for singles on Valentine's day: Order yourself a pizza and pig out. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT complain about being single on Valentine's day. This isn't a pity party. It's a pizza party!
I want a free slice of pizza!
So you want a free slice of cheese pizza? Here's what you do. Take a picture of your pizza and post it to Instagram and hashtag that sucker with #Slicetruck. You can then add one of your famous hashtags like #fatgirlproblemsdontcarenomnompizzapizza. Just show us that you posted it and follow us and a free cheese slice comes your way. Must be a picture of a whole pizza or partially eaten pizza. Not pictures of slices. Obviously you need to be in the store to show us. Be cool and have fun with it. Like a picture of you eating pizza under water by a coral reef. Perhaps the Great Barrier Reef.
This super awesome social media special ends February 28th 2014

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Slicetruck
2012 sawtelle blvd
los angeles, California 90025

You are a good person, I can tell. Well...maybe

Anchovy and Tomato....don't mind if I do you crazy bastard

Oh yeah...you're being judged.
I make a lot of pizzas. And I judge every person based on their order. I can't help it. I'm a terrible person. If you get ten toppings on your pie it makes me wonder if everything is ok with you. I worry that you might be over thinking the whole process and I just hope and pray that your decision makes you happy. I literally say a prayer for you when your pizza leaves the shop. A sausage pepper and onion pizza gets my respect. I assume you are well established and know what you like. You've ordered enough pizzas to know that keeping it simple and classic is the way to go. Same goes for the pepperoni mushroom fans and especially the cheese pizza people. And I mean the adults that order a cheese pizza. I don't care that a kid likes cheese pizza....of course they do they're a kid. They kind of eat whatever you feed them. So put the basil on the pizza and raise an interesting person.

To really upset me order a half cheese half five or six topper. Boy that gets me. I thought relationships were about compromise. The person that needs all those toppings should really get their own pizza. You should understand that your selfish needs are causing half a pie to be overcooked to satisfy you. Who do you think you are? I hope you're paying for it. If so, you can do whatever you want. The other person should have been on board with your awesome combination.

So this week I am giving you a chance to crazy up your pizza with an extra topping for FREE! Simply type the free topping in the NOTE section when ordering online or mention it when you call in. Example:  Free anchovy. Careful not to charge yourself. Then it won't be free.

Expires February 13th 2014

I want a free slice of pizza!
So you want a free slice of cheese pizza? Here's what you do. Take a picture of your pizza and post it to Instagram and hashtag that sucker with #Slicetruck. You can then add one of your famous hashtags like #fatgirlproblemsdontcarenomnompizzapizza. Just show us that you posted it and follow us and a free cheese slice comes your way. Must be a picture of a whole pizza or partially eaten pizza. Not pictures of slices. Obviously you need to be in the store to show us. Be cool and have fun with it. Like a picture of you eating pizza under water by a coral reef. Perhaps the Great Barrier Reef.
This super awesome social media special ends February 28th 2014

10% off
Online Rewards
Program
Remember, if you have an account online you receive 10% back after every $100 spent online! So if you don't have an account get one today! This is just an explanation of our online rewards system. Do not call requesting 10% off your order. Seriously do not call us saying you got a coupon for 10% off. This is not a coupon!

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Super Bowl Predictions

Here's what I predict for Super Bowl XLVIII

It's the timeless battle of good versus evil.
The #1 offense (Broncos) face the #1 defense (Seahawks).

-I predict your friends show up late to your party.

-I predict the first five minutes of commentary is all about this Super Bowl being played in cold weather. Possibly a montage will be shown of early Super Bowls.

-I predict I say something about the '85 Bears.

-I predict I say something cliche like "Defense wins Championships" and I mean it.

That being said.

Seahawks 31     Broncos 13

This will be classic Peyton Manning. Wobbly ducks and too many audibles. We will for some reason feel sorry for him during his post game interview. He's such a good guy. My mom really likes him.
We will have to respect Richard Sherman after he returns an interception for a TD. You can still dislike him just respect his play. Let the Predator / Busta Rhymes jokes fly.

Super Bowl, The modern man's Thanksgiving

This could be your awesome super bowl party

It's that time of year again. Time to put a jersey on and get excited about two teams you don't really like. Time to hate the first person to bring up the commercials and everyone that agrees that they like them more than the game. Time to be amazed how many people actually want to watch the halftime show. This year The Red Hot Chili Peppers will confuse us by being fifty year old dudes wearing socks on their crotches. Some idiot at the party will say something like "Talk about a wardrobe malfunction!". Get ready for ridiculous dips made from cream cheese and mayonnaise. Hungover and bloated by 6 pm. It's the real American holiday. It's Super Bowl.

This year is different. You are in charge, and lucky you Slicetruck is in your neighborhood. So no disrespectful buffet of Papa Johns. You have taste and class. You serve beer in bottles and your football squares cost $5 a piece. You understand that in order to throw a good party you need good food. So get up early and throw your famous "Swedish" meatballs whose secret ingredient is grape jelly in the crockpot and order up the Best Pizza in LA for your party. Order online early and we will do our best to get it to you when specified. We will be busy so delivery times might be off. So keep it cool and plan ahead a bit.

New Yorkers in LA....What's with these people?

A Hot Garlic ready for action

New York....we don't care.

I have nothing against New York. I've lived there. I loved it. I do have a problem with people from New York proclaiming that they know pizza and I should be honored that they are eating at my shop. I don't care. You're in Los Angeles so get used to eating in Los Angeles. This is something you will have to deal with. I will not change what I do because of you. And if you just need to tell me about New York pizza please have an actual place to talk about. I will not entertain conversations that are not specific.

New changes in the recipe: Longer pre-ferment on the dough and less yeast. You most likely won't be able to tell the difference.But its slightly chewier a touch more sour. Also a lower oven temperature. 580-600. Down from 630-650. Longer bake lets everything meld together nicely and gives a more consistent crust.

A Little About Deliveries

The "promise" time means nothing. I am not promising anything but a tasty pizza.
Answer your phone. I have instructed drivers to leave after five minutes if you do not answer the door or phone calls. Don't be surprised you ordered a pizza. And don't complain that we are early. You should be happy...what's wrong with you?

The "Delivery Fee" is not a tip. The drivers do not get any of that. This is to subsidize the hourly pay of drivers waiting to take you a pizza. Some of these deliveries take more than 45 minutes round trip at rush hour. Don't like the fee? Pick up your pizza.

A little history about Slicetruck

Tossing dough while Oliver gloves up to do something important to a pizza. 

Slicetruck...it's a Pizza Shop.

I moved out here about four years ago with my brother to start Slicetruck. He was living in Brooklyn at the time while I was in Illinois. We grew up in a suburb just west of Chicago. I also lived in Brooklyn for a few years while my brother was there for more than ten I believe. So you're thinking, "Chicago and New York...of course these guys know pizza!" And it's true, we always knew a good pie when we had one. But the truth is we had never made a pizza before starting Slicetruck. The early days were a mess. Embarrassing really. Using pre-made dough sometimes even par-cooked. Shameful. But in our defense we had no idea what we were doing. So anything that resembled a real pizza was exciting.

Luckily for Los Angeles the Hanley brothers have a little thing called pride. And after many nights on our deck drinking and acknowledging our terrible pizza making, the focus of our business changed from selling as much pizza as possible to crafting the best pizza possible. Without any real  knowledge or training we went for it.
                                                   
                       
Our first Kitchen-Aid.....we burnt a couple of these up testing so many dough recipes
 
Some nights we stayed up making four or five different batches of dough. testing different hydration to salt content to water temp. You name it we tried it.

So proud of our pizzas.Before we bought the pizza peel we were using cardboard boxes to slide the pizzas in the oven. A lot of pizzas were sacrificed in the process.

 
So proud of our pizzas.Before we bought the pizza peel we were using cardboard boxes to slide the pizzas in the oven. A lot of pizzas were sacrificed in the process.

A lot has changed for us since moving here. I hold my nephew while my brother explains where we rank in pizza.

 So why tell you about our awful beginning making terrible pizza? We are from Chicago and have lived in New York. But our pizza is truly Los Angeles. Making our first batches of dough in a beach house in Venice. Started using Kamut flour while living in Playa del Rey. Using our food truck to gain confidence in ourselves and product while traveling all over the county. And finally selling the truck and opening up shop on Sawtelle blvd. We are out to be the best in Los Angeles and the country...even the world.

Dead serious about making Pizza. Not my brother but Oliver in green.