Long Island Mikes
Nested in a small shopping center right off I-15 at Murphy Canyon Road sits the New York style Long Island Mikes Pizza. This shop offers a massive collection of different pizzas “by the slice”.
We found parking relatively easy in the strip of small merchant stores. With a 4-Star Yelp Rating, I thought this place would be busier than it was. It seemed like there was a constant flow of customers coming and going, but there were plenty of places to sit. Our party of 7 was able to occupy two adjacent tables with ease. During the lunch rush, this is rare. There wasn’t a long line, and I had ordered within 30 seconds of walking through the door.
The pizza by the slice is made in advance, so the only wait is the length of time required to heat up your slices. While this made it easy to get in and out within 45 minutes, the food tasted “reheated”.
There are WAY more options than your typical “by-the-slice” resturaunt. The menu boasts 24 different types of slices but the window only holds 10 full pies, so you may have to wait a bit for an “Egg Plant” or “Margherita” slice.
I got the two slice combo (2 slices and a drink for $6.50). This runs average with other pizza places in the area.
The Pizza Itself
I tried were the House Slice (spinach, pepperoni, bacon, garlic, feta cheese with no sauce) and the Meat Lovers (meatballs, sausage, and pepperoni).
The crust is a thin but not crispy crust. While it seemed to absorb a little grease, it wasn’t enough definitely not enough to make it soggy.
The cheese was good. Not bad or not amazing, but just good. Certain slices come with different cheeses as toppings. You may get a saltier and dry feta crumble or a softer riccota cube. Unfortunately, like most reheated pizza’s, there was no cheese drip and tasted somewhat dry. The sauce wasn’t anything special.
It seems like they don’t take care in their sauces but would rather focus on the toppings.
Oh the toppings…
This is what makes me think more about the pizza. The meatballs and sausage were light and seemed to break apart in my mouth. The veggies were cooked well and blended the house pizza together.
I didn’t even miss the sauce.
Toppings were scattered evenly. The meat was greasy and not that hot (another cost of reheating). The diversity and quality of toppings took the pizza from “meh” to somewhat better than “meh”
- Seating/Service: 3/5
- Price 3/5
- Variety: 4/5
- The Pizza Itself: 3.5/5
It wasn’t a bad experience. Their pies are different but not so weird you are afraid to try it. The toppings are good, but the rest of the pizza is fair. It would seem that this pizza has great potential if picked up right out of the oven. Our entire party left full and satisfied, but not really desiring more. Avoid the lunch rush if you can as you will most likely get a reheated casualty. Although it won’t be my go to, it is definitely an option if I want something outside of the box.