Princeton Cheap Eats"Hello everyone, my name is Matt Riley, and I am a Princeton Day School Senior writing a blog on my experiences at local Princeton restaurants as part of my Senior Project."
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Owning Hoagie Haven, Slice Between, and George’s Roasters and Ribs, the Maltabes brothers have their own monopoly on this block of Nassau Street. Sitting right between Haven and George’s is their newest establishment, a pizza joint. Before Slice Between opened, it was Old World Pizza, known for its brick-oven pizza and fresh mozzarella. Once the restaurant said they were going to close, the Maltabes brothers decided to preserve the legacy, taking over the place. They changed the name but kept the style.
What sets Slice Between apart from the other pizza places in Princeton is their brick oven and the fresh mozzarella they use. Usually when I look at a slice of pizza, there is a layer of crust, a layer of tomato sauce, and a layer of cheese on top. Most places use shredded cheese, which may or may not have been frozen, that they sprinkle from a bag on to the tomato sauce. At Slice Between, however, you can watch the chefs slice pieces from a fresh block of mozzarella cheese and place it on the pizza. For many restaurants, the Magherita pizza is more expensive or a specialty pizza, but here, it is their only style.
The brick oven makes for a thin and crisp crust, which is hard to find at other places. You can really taste the sweet tomato sauce, especially because it is not hidden and covered by the cheese. Big circles of cheese are placed on top of the sauce, but leave much of the sauce visible both to the eye and to the tongue.
Pizzas aren’t covered in grease at Slice Between, and the cheese and sauce will never slide off the crust leaving you with a nasty mess like it does at other places. To go along with the old-fashioned style, they even serve the glass bottled Cokes made with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. The Maltables brothers couldn’t resist bringing some of their flare to the menu. They created the Sanchez pizza, throwing the chicken cutlet, mozzarella sticks, and Sanchez sauce from the Hoagie Haven sandwich on to a pizza.
Being owned by the Maltables family, you’re likely to get one of the friendly brothers ringing you up at the cash register. It’s usually a lot quieter than Hoagie Haven and hardly has a line. Because it’s located right between Haven and George’s many people looking to beat a long line or for a change from a hoagie will file into Slice Between.
A large chalkboard is mounted on one the walls for customers to leave any thoughts or to have some fun with. Several bar stools line the big glass window looking out toward Nassau Street. A couple of tables and chairs are right outside of the store for seating as well.
Slice Between is my favorite pizza in town and would recommend it to anyone who prefers an old-fashioned, oven-brick pizza.
242 1/2 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ 08542
Mon-Thurs: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri-Sat: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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