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Alice: Rome's pizza al taglio comes to Center City

Michael Klein, Staff Writer

Updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 10:26 AM

Pizza al taglio from Alice is cut from sheets.

The name of the pizzeria that soft-opened Monday on the corner of 15th and Locust Streets is spelled A-l-i-c-e, but you pronounce it the Italian way, ah-lih-che.

Pizza counter at Alice. MICHAEL KLEIN / Staff
Pizza slices at Alice: potato/rosemary, at left, and eggplant Parm, MICHAEL KLEIN / Staff
Bar at Alice, 15th and Locust Streets. MICHAEL KLEIN / Staff
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Alice — which drew crowds on Day 1 — is the first American offshoot of Domenico Giovannini’s celebrated Roman pizza al taglio shops. Giovannini gives his dough a 48-hour rise with limited yeast, and uses custom ovens. The pizza is light and easily digestible.

Pizza counter at Alice.

Business starts in the morning with Italian pastries, espresso, and gelato from the nearby Gran Caffe L’Aquila.

Management has wisely stationed employees up front to explain the ordering system.

You line up for pizza, taking a number much as you would at a deli. The nearly two dozen varieties of topped rectangular pizzas are cut to order and sold by the ounce; figure on $4 to $5 a slice.

(The pizzas, at least, are similar to the well-received Rione, which opened last spring at 102 S. 21st St.)

Alice has a bar on the far side of the counter, dispensing wines, Italian beers, Aperol spritzes, and the like.

At dinnertime, you can order off a light menu — specialties include pastas priced under $20.

Soft-opening hours are in flux.

Pizza slices at Alice: potato/rosemary, at left, and eggplant Parm,

Bar at Alice, 15th and Locust Streets.

Michael Klein, Staff Writer

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