Wild Slice Pizzeria started with a mission to offer DIY pizza in a family-friendly environment and they intend to deliver at its flagship location in Roswell.
Owner and Operator Mike Thomas has worked his way up in the restaurant industry, from dishwasher to bartender, to restaurant, regional and corporate management positions across the country.
In 2014, Thomas and his family relocated to Roswell, where his wife, Cristy grew up, to be with their extended family. He worked as the Regional Manager for Hooters of America in Atlanta for just under two years while planning the opening of Wild Slice.
As an experienced restaurateur, father of two and husband, Thomas and his wife were looking to “bridge the gap between delicious, creative food and a family-friendly environment for local families, like their own, to enjoy.”
The extended Thomas family is six kids and six adults, “when we go out to eat, we learned there were just a few places we all could enjoy.”
Thomas and his wife, “quickly realized that kid and parent- friendly restaurants can be hard to come by.”
His solution is Wild Slice Pizzeria.
“Our vision was to build a concept that bridged the gap and put as much thought into the kids as the adults,” said Thomas, which focuses on having an environment and menu that can accommodate and be comfortable for both young and old.
When picking a name, Thomas was “looking for an original name that expressed the creative take on our pizzas as well as the energy and atmosphere that a ‘Family Pizzeria’ has.”
“As a business centered on family, it is our purpose to serve the families of our community with great pizza and outrageous hospitality,” said Thomas.
He and his wife “felt pizza was an excellent option to achieve our goal.”
Thomas attributes his pizza experience to his working at Bully’s, a sports bar in Reno, Nevada that sold New York style pizza
“I have a love and passion for pizza,” said Thomas.
According to Thomas, “the ingredients had to be high quality, recipes were to be traditional with modern creative twist. When it came to the pizza, we focused on the dough, cheese and sauce.”
House-made dough is stretched to order and topped with house-made sauces and a unique three-cheese blend, then finished with toppings of choice.
Wild Slice also offers signature pizzas such as the “Wild Italian Meat Lover,” a sweet and spicy Asian style, the “SrirachaYaki Chicken” plus vegetarian options, “Caprese Pie” and “Veggie Pesto.” Gluten free crust and bread, even vegan cheese are available.
The family pizzeria also brings a “clean, safe open environment where parents can keep an eye on their kids.”
Kid-friendly elements also include “low-top table seating, high chairs with straps that aren’t broken, a proper, extensive kids menu and complimentary tokens for game play.
Thomas also noted diaper changing tables in both the men and women’s restrooms.
Beer and wine is offered for adults, plus televisions to watch sports.
Wild Slice will also work on giving back to the community and “embrace every opportunity to support the local schools and youth programs,” which started from day one at the opening.
“We are proud to be teaming up with The Drake House.With the opportunity we have been given, we feel it is our responsibility to bring awareness and support to a great organization working with families in need in our community,” said Thomas, who learned about The Drake House through his church.
Wild Slice donated 20 percent of Friday’s sales to the nonprofit.
In celebration of this “exciting occasion for pizza lovers in Roswell,” Wild Slice offered complimentary tastings of several specialty pizzas, homemade pretzels and desserts.
“Being blessed with the privilege to open our own place, it was important to be a part of the community where we live,” said Thomas.
Wild Slice Pizzeria is at 580 E. Crossville Rd Suite 420 in Roswell Georgia. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed on Sundays.
Diners can eat in, carry out (via in-person or online ordering) or have pizza delivered via Uber Eats.
More information about Wild Slice is available at www.wildslicepizzeria.com.