By Emily Sparacino | crew clerk
Montevalu – The wait for Slice Stone Pizza and Brewhouse to open in Montevallo is finally over.
Customers began arriving shortly after the restaurant opened to the public at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 25 at the corner of Asheville Road and Wadsworth Street.
“We’re very excited,” said Montevallo resident Claire Edwards. “We’ve been waiting for it to open.”
Slice has shared plans for a Montevallo location in 2019, but a combination of factors has delayed progress at the restaurant, which was originally founded in Birmingham by brothers Jeff, Jason and Chris Baggallet.
One factor was the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Then, Jeff passed away in December 2021 after a battle with cancer, leaving Jason and Chris to decide the restaurant’s next steps.
Despite the setbacks, they knew the Montevallo community had not given up hope that Slice would finish building and open up one day.
“People really wanted it,” Chris said. “We have just been flooded with outreach and support efforts in the Montevallo area. We fell in love with the city before we opened.”
Not surprisingly, feedback from customers – and employees – on July 25 reflects the sense of excitement that Slice created in Montevallo.
Edwards’ mother-in-law, Rita Edwards, said she loves the variety of local ingredients that Slice uses in her pizza.
And it’s the local and seasonal ingredients that Slice leaders claim distinguish their pizzas, salads, and desserts.
“We have what we consider to be handmade pizza,” Slice COO Jerry Pagalia said at a lunch at the Montevallo Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, July 20. “We use artisanal dough, we use wood and all the ingredients are fresh. We are working on something we call Montevallo.” .
Slice also offers options for customers with dietary restrictions, which Claire said she appreciated, noting the restaurant’s gluten-free options.
Jackson Holsumbach, server at Montevallo Slice, said he’s only heard good feedback on the restaurant’s food and service so far.
After two weeks of training, Holsomback and his co-workers had a chance to ease into their new roles during a simple opening for their family and friends on Sunday, July 24.
“It went really well yesterday. I have a good feeling we are going to be very busy in the next few weeks. I am very excited for today,” Holzombach said on July 25.
Aspen Snow, who is also a server, was excited about the restaurant opening as well.
“I am very happy to be here,” Snow said. “Not only is the building unlike anything else, but the food is unlike anything else.”
Montevallo’s Slice is the restaurant’s third location, joining those in Lakeview and Vestavia Hills.
Chris said Montevallo’s location features a service model that blends user-friendly technology with personalized hospitality. For example, customers can order and pay at the table from their machine, or they can order and pay at the counter. Either way, the servers are there to serve food and drinks and cater to any other needs customers may have.
In addition to handcrafted pizzas and salads, Slice offers a variety of local craft beers, along with wines and mixed drinks.
The restaurant offers spacious covered patio seating in the main building, as well as indoor seating in an additional space the owners rent in the adjacent Village on Valley building.
Pets are welcome in the yard, too.
Slice’s Montevallo Restaurant opening hours are currently 11am-10pm on weekdays and 11am-11pm on weekends. The site also offers takeout and delivery services.
“Good so far, and the support has been tremendous,” Chris said. “We are excited to finally be there. Montevallo is an amazing city and has so much to offer.”