Church St. Pizza (Formerly Christo’s)

Church St. Pizza is now closed

Here's one that was emailed in from a Salemite and loyal reader. Nice job!

Have you ever wanted to try a new place but were afraid because when you drove up there were no cars or customers? That’s happened to me before. I think well there’s no one here so how can it be good or else everyone in Salem would know by now and be lined up at the door. I’m embarrassed to say I might not have even ventured into this place judging by the lack of customers present. I’m happy to say I am glad I decided to give them a try.

My son and I just came from the Salem Cinema and wanted some pizza. I vaguely remembered someone mentioning Church St. pizza on Eat Salem before. As we pulled up at 6:30 p.m. on a Saturday I noticed they close at 7 p.m. At that point I realized they may be lacking customers because it was close to closing. And after a brief conversation with the owner (who was also the employee on duty) I came to find out that he is swamped at lunch time during the week because of all the offices in the area. Also, on Saturday’s city bus service in Salem no longer exists, therefore there isn’t much foot traffic in the area close to the terminal. This place just opened on April 5th, so word of mouth hasn’t had time to get around yet I’m guessing.

I walked in with the idea of ordering a whole pie. The only problem I had with that was what to order because my son and I like different things on our pie. As we approached the counter there were about 4 different cooked pizza pies displayed in a glass case to choose by the slice. This solved my problem now I didn’t have to order a whole pie and wait 20 minutes for it to bake! I love a pizza place that serves by the slice. It reminds me of the east coast were that is the norm in most pizza places. They are a small shop with focus on fresh ingredients with large slices and huge pies. On display were a margherita pizza, pepperoni, veggie and Canadian bacon and pineapple. My son chose his standard go to flavor, pepperoni. Do you know any 12 year old that doesn’t like pepperoni pizza? I chose the
margherita pizza.

The owner placed the slices back in the oven to heat them then brought them piping hot to our table when they were done. The pizza dough is a thin handmade and hand tossed dough comparable to Christo’s dough. I loved the crust and especially loved the fresh chiffonade (fine shreds) of fresh basil added to my margherita pizza as a garnish after the pizza was heated. The slices are large and easily fold in half to eat just like back east. Their pizzas are 18 inches round. They also make a gluten free pie. They also have a few salads, soup and sandwiches (on house baked foccacia or croissant) as well as combos like pizza and salad. They have a daily special 2 for one slice from 2-4 p.m. They don’t have fountain drinks but, they do have a case filled with various beverages in the bottle and I saw a sign on the front door stating that they have applied for a liquor license. I’m guessing beer and wine. Check them out!

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324 NE Church St.
Salem, Or

Between Chemeketa & Center one block S. of Greyhound bus station

Open M-F 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m.- 7p.m.


Anonymous said...

I'd also try SFNY pizza just a couple blocks away. It is usually pretty busy but still quick. Also Christo's new location is great.

Those are my favorites.

Anonymous said...

Ya, I think this was meant to review a "new" pizza place in town for people to try. The one's you mentioned have been around for a while. SFNY has been mentioned/reviewed 7 times on eatsalem, Christo's 4. P.S. Note the long time standing large SFNY banner ad at the top of the eastsalem page.

Salem Man said...

Oh no, here we go again. Let's keep it civil. It's nothing to get worked up about.

Anonymous said...

I really think that this site would be 10x better without the anonymous posts. Just the admin would have to know who they were (not public info), but it would add some credibility.

The first four posts look like they are all from the same person and share the same syntactical structures as the review itself.

Salem Man said...

I disagree. The site is better with anonymous commenting. Yes, there is some downside but, the ability of a reader/customer to honestly critique a restaurant without worry of offending the restaurant management is what this site has always been about. Have you ever had a chef come to your table and ask how your meal was? Did you tell them the truth? I'm guessing you felt obligated to tell them it was better then it actually was. Here, you can tell them that it wasn't so good. A good restaurant will take this feedback and make improvements. It's not perfect, I know. Over the long haul, the comments and posts will reflect more accurately the average costumer experience. Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

I don't get what Anon May 26, 2010 5:08 PM was meaning to say. IT was a review of the new pizza place. And a nice one at that. What's the problem?

Becky said...

I tried this place tonight, and had a piece of bacon and potato pizza.. It was amazing..

I brought my husband home a couple of pieces, and we were so pleased that we ordered a whole pie togo just to have it in the fridge.. yummmmm

SO excited for a new place in town..

Anonymous said...

I heard that Church Street Pizza is going to be at the Salem Art Association's Art Fusion event on Oct. 15th... I hope so! I like to see small businesses working together... and I love Church St.'s pizza! Best in town!!

Anonymous said...

this is from Church St Pizza Facebook page. He also wants to extend his hours to nights and is looking for input on that.

Oct. 15. From 7-10 pm there is a art fair in bush park. We will have pizza there and Gilgamesh will also be on hand with their fine products!! All proseeds go to Salem art assc. Will be a good time. Hope to see you there!

Chuck Bradley said...

Today I had one of Ian's huge slices of the "Supreme"! (Mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni, amazing sauce and cheese.) This guy knows how to put a pizza together. Fresh local (when practicable) ingredients and a unique crust that's something truly special. If you like New York style pizza, you’re in for a treat.

Anonymous said...

Today's Salem deal is $8 for $16 Worth of Pizza and Drinks at Church St. Pizza! The coupon is good until August 8th., however it is not redeemable until Tuesday Feb. 8th.