Listen, we've all been there. You left your bag lunch on the counter, you've got less than 10 buckaroos in your wallet and you're starving. Though New York City this ain't, there are plenty of places to find a solid slice around town, on the cheap, and on the fly. From customizable pies to pre-set specialty slices, we've got you covered.
If you're Downtown and in a rush, you'll want to stop by Central Park Pizza of N.Y. (103 S. Flores St., 210-239-5002) where a slice, side salad and drink will set you back $5.95 inside this casual and fast-paced nook. Choosing between ready-made pies like cheese, pepperoni, pepperoni and sauce, and chicken-black olive-bacon will break the monotony of jury duty at least for an hour.
Lincoln Height's might come away the victor in this pizza challenge with Florio's Pizza (7701 Broadway, 210-805-8646), a lunchtime stop for office workers down Broadway. Known for signature New York-style foldable slices, Florio's also delivers by way of great and fast service, so don't dilly-dally with your order. The slices are available for lunch with more than 10 toppings to choose from, so go nuts.
Residents in the Northeast Side know Pizza Italia (3023 Thousand Oaks Dr., Suite 101, 210-494-8646) packs in a wallop. Choose from specialty slices like the Maui Mia with Canadian bacon, pineapple chunks and extra cheese or build your own. Though thicker and chewier than the other slices on this list, Pizza Italia's iteration holds our heart for it how easy it is to pair with more than 200 beers available by the bottle at the shop.
If you're about slices as big as your face, portraits of Dean Martin and Ol' Blue Eyes, and Pacino film posters on the wall, then Ray's Pizzaria (multiple locations, rayspizzaria.com) should be on your short list. Get a pair of slices and a drink for $5.95 and you'll be set through the rest of the day (if not the evening). With 19 toppings to choose from your pie can mirror your layered personality, or stay chill with plain cheese. We're not kidding when we say these slices are massive — two will easily takeover a 10-inch plate.
Though they're known for their stellar sandwiches, Station Café's (108 King William St., 210-444-220) slices are also worth noshing on. Vegetarians can build eclectic pies with fresh poblanos and onions or stick with a perfectly thin slice of pepperoni. At $2.25 to $2.75 a slice, you will not go for broke at this Southtown institution.
If you're not about that lactose life, but still want to enjoy a great slice, Whole Foods Café (555 E. Basse Road, Suite 130, 210-826-4676) is your spot. At $3.50 for a slice or two for $6, options include a rotating lineup of pizzas all made by team members. It's the most portable option if you're in a rush or need to eat on the run.