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
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.
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.