Slice of Italy never fails to impress no matter how many times you visit.

The restaurant, which has locations in downtown and northwest Bakersfield, boasts an already impressive roster of appetizers, specialty pizzas, pastas and sandwiches, but the chefs are constantly introducing seasonal specials to keep things fresh, ensuring that there is always something new to try.

The emphasis seems to revolve around simplicity, limiting the number of ingredients in each dish to a select few to showcase the quality that constitutes each item. Drawing inspiration from other cuisines to elevate its signature Italian fare, Slice of Italy offers an eclectic, yet rustic menu that brings the flavor of its namesake to Bakersfield.

Lunch Combo ($9.99 for two-topping pizza, $11.99 for specialty pizza):

Those looking for a satisfying midday meal at a reasonable price need look no further than Slice of Italy’s lunch combo.

Featuring your choice of personal pizza, potato wedges and a drink, the meal is a perfect sample of what Slice of Italy has to offer. Slice of Italy’s pizzas should serve as a blueprint for the ideal pie. It starts with the crust. Not too thick, not too thin, not too bready, Slice of Italy’s crust is crisp and golden brown on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. It’s then slathered with one of their freshly made sauces, covered with cheese and toppings of choice.

It’s the right amount of food for the right price. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal that won’t bust your wallet or waistline.

Chipotle Chicken Sandwich ($9):

Slice of Italy knows chicken.

From the chicken fettuccine with sun-dried tomatoes (a personal favorite) to the chipotle chicken sandwich, the chicken is some of the juiciest, most tender I’ve ever had. The freshly grilled chicken breast is placed in a lightly toasted 6-inch ciabatta roll and topped with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and a mouthwatering chipotle aioli and comes with a side of wedges. The sandwich is light, yet filling and the spicy-sweet from the chipotle aioli ends each bite on a flavorful note.

This may not be what you would typically expect from an Italian restaurant, but that’s what makes Slice of Italy different and worth a visit. 

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