The county is usually a wasteland of food, especially Pizza. Yes I know I’ve made a blanket statement, please don’t leave me nasty comments about how I don’t know what I’m talking about. (You’d be shocked at what people say in comments these days *to the surprise of no one*)
HomeSlyce Pizza Bar has been multiplying throughout Baltimore City, I’ve seen it but never had the pleasure of trying it in the city. Due to their success or popularity, they’ve finally made their way to the city. The end result was…mixed. I couldn’t put my finger on the whole experience, the food is by no means bad. It just wasn’t craveable.
Situated off of Snowden River Parkway, where Azul 17 used to be, HomeSlyce has a interesting decor/set up. They’re sort of going for a urban atmosphere, it kind of works, it kind of doesn’t.
I’ve read that HomeSlyce is owned by the same folks who own Cazbar in Mt. Vernon, the Turkish influence in the menu is evident by the Sojuk sausage and some of the other dishes available. For instance, the “spinach pie” looks very similar to Turkish Spinach Pies and honestly I wish I ordered that.
The service at this location is a bit of a letdown, not that it’s rude but more so that they just seemed understaffed. It took a while to place an order and a while to pay the bill, sort of sullying the experience.
But let’s talk pizza shall we? The pizza’s come in the 10 inch size or the 16 inch size, the 10 inch pizza is enough for one person, two if you’re having a side. The quality of the crust is excellent, I would say the bread by far is the best thing that HomeSlyce has going for it. The toppings while fresh, don’t make you really think that you’re eating a pizza. It felt like I was eating a flatbread rather than a pizza.
I ordered their signature “slyce” and it was a bit of a let down. It’s like a pizza boat and it was a let down. I probably ordered the wrong thing, but at a nouveau riche trendy pizza place, all the toppings should be good. I ordered a “buffalo chicken pizza”, it was basically a chicken pizza with onions on it. Again the toppings were fine, it just wasn’t a buffalo chicken pizza, it was a chicken pizza with onions. Major let down.
The other pizza, the vegetable supreme, was decent. The usage of goat cheese changed up the flavor profile adding a nice tangy flavor to the pizza, but again it just did nothing for us.
Would I visit HomeSlyce Pizza Bar again? Sure, but it would not be my first option. Certainly not for pizza.
Overall Grade: C+ – decent quality crust and average at best toppings.