Hungry as a Bear: Antonio’s Pizza By The Slice

picstitchBe honest.  One of the things that scares you the most about going to college is not knowing what the food is like.  If you are worried about what you will be eating on campus once you arrive at Brown, look no further than Hungry As a Bear with Megan Kelly

As part of a new mini-series, I’d like to introduce the best restaurants on College Hill as determined by current students (and to help point you in the right direction when you come visit Brown!)

This week I had the pleasure of exploring one of College Hill’s favorite restaurants: Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice. I have to admit, as a freshman on meal plan, I rarely justify going to outside franchises and spending real money on food, but I’ve found the exception to my rule. At only $3, each very large slice of pizza comes with the satisfaction of eating off campus and no money spending guilt! (I usually measure prices relative to Starbucks. If anything I’m considering buying costs less than a drink at Starbucks, it’s cheap enough to buy.)

After sitting down with the manager, Ed Ramos, I got a lot of insight into what makes Antonio’s “the place to be” on Thayer Street. I walked in for our interview and immediately noticed the friendly atmosphere between employees and customers. Almost all of their employees have been working there for more than 6 months (which is huge in the restaurant business), and I could tell the employees really knew their customers. It’s always better to go to a restaurant when you know who’s making and serving your food–it gives it a more comfortable, relaxed feel.

Antonio’s definitely caters to the college crowd, too. Originally started in the middle of UMass, Antonio’s knows how to deal with college kids (or anyone that’s busy and on the run). Their goal is to serve delicious pizza that won’t break the bank that can be eaten on the move, and they’ve succeeded. Once you get to college, you’ll find that getting good food fast is crucial to staying on schedule.

My favorite part of Antonio’s wasn’t the deliciously crispy crust (which it was) or the incredibly friendly staff (which they were) but the menu. With over 50 options available on the menu, Antonio’s also offers two new flavors everyday. Their current book of specials has hundreds of pizza possibilities, and they’re only getting better! During my visit, I sampled the BBQ Chicken Ranch (the number one seller) and one of their daily specials, a delectable dessert pizza covered in Nutella, strawberries, powdered sugar, and mascarpone cheese. After these samples, I spent a considerable amount of time trying to justify eating pizza twice in one day just to go back and try more… Other topping combinations include tortellini and Alfredo sauce, ground beef and elbow macaroni (the Mac Attack), country fried steak, mashed potatoes, and gravy, and more! Just remember that every meal-on-a-slice I’m describing is only $3. Is your mind blown yet?

A very large percentage of Brown students tend to be vegetarian or vegan compared to the general population, and Antonio’s respects the students who choose to eat that way. Of their two daily specials, one is vegetarian. Many of their daily flavors also cater to vegetarians with more interesting toppings than “Veggie Lover’s” like their “Black Bean Avocado” and “Eggplant & Roasted Red Peppers” (two that I will definitely be going back to try soon). They’re currently collaborating on creating their first fully vegan pizza as well. They’re dough and sauce is already vegan, so they’re very close. I’m looking forward to trying that when it appears as well.

Antonio’s gets two thumbs up from me, and I would definitely encourage any prospective students to check them out when they come for a visit (or as soon as they come in the fall).

If you have any questions about this blog or a question to be addressed in the next blog, feel free to email me at megan_e_kelly@brown.edu!

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