Ever wonder what Eegee's pizza alter ego would look like? Slice & Ice would be it.
The two probably don't like being compared to each other all the time, but it would be foolish to ignore the similarities.
Slushy frozen beverage? Check. Hero/grinder/submarine sandwiches? Check. Crinkle-cut fries? Check. Prominent orange in the branding? Check. While the stars are the same, the details distinguish the two.
For example, the Slice & Ice Italian ice is noticeably less sweet. The natural fruit flavor comes forward without the sugar.
The similarities between the two restaurants are no coincidence; the person behind Slice & Ice, Ed Irving, founded Eegee's in 1971 with Bob Greenberg. In 2006, the business changed hands to the O’Connor family (CEO Foods, Inc.).
Similarities aside, Slice & Ice offers fast-fired pizza at an affordable price. Full pies range from $5.50 to $8.50, while "slices" range from $3.50 to $5. While they are called slices, they are actually half a pie. The full pies are reasonable to order for one if you have a hearty appetite.
Frankly, the pizzas resemble bowling alley pizzas from above. No fancy ultra-premium imported ingredients or giant artisanal sourdough bubbles here. However, look at the underside to find some beautifully charred spotting from the extra-hot pizza oven. As a result, the crust has a touch of delicate crispness.
The rest of the menu is nearly exactly how you'd expect it and nothing fell short. They also get bonus points for quality control; the food appeared just as it was represented on the menu photos. Slice & Ice is a solid, no-frills local fast food restaurant that you will adore if you have a fondness for Eegee's.
Operating hours are 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.
Slice & Ice is located at 1905 W. Grant Rd. For more information, visit sliceandicetucson.com.
Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran's Fats. Although he is best known locally for his work for Tucson Foodie, his work has also appeared in publications such as Bon...