By Valerie Baldowski
Tracie Scott settled down into a booth at Slices Pizzeria and perused the menu.
She was among friends, having lunch at the McDonough restaurant recently, and was looking for her favorite item. Scott scanned the menu, and quickly found what she was looking for.
"I like white pizza, with a white sauce instead of red," the McDonough resident said. "I'll order a little piece, just to try it."
White pizza, with ingredients including olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, spinach, ricotta cheese, basil, and Parmesan, is not found on the menu at some pizza restaurants, Scott said. A Delta Air Lines employee, Scott said she was trying out the restaurant for the first time, but she was contemplating a subsequent visit if her meal was good.
Slices Pizzeria, located at 906 Ga. Highway 81, opened its doors March 22, according to its owner, Reno Birt.
Birt said he chose to open a Slices Pizzeria in McDonough after visiting a Slices in Griffin, with several friends. "We found out that was some of the best pizza we'd ever had," he said.
In December 2009, Birt was at Slices' Griffin location when he was asked if he wanted to open his own Slices eatery. Birt accepted the business proposal, and said the McDonough location was chosen because of its potential to draw customers from the community.
"The owners in Griffin had started doing some market studies in the area," he said. "In this particular location, there was a pizza restaurant here, and they had closed several months earlier. The location, the market, the town, the people, the community, everything was very appealing. I agreed, and we started moving forward."
Word of the new restaurant is spreading through the community, and some first-time customers are becoming regulars.
McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey was seated recently at a back table with McDonough Police Maj. Kyle Helgerson and Charles Kip Moss, chief investigator for the Flint Judicial Circuit District Attorney's office. Birt stopped by to greet them and chat briefly before their lunch orders were delivered.
"I've been here several times," said Helgerson. "Since it opened, I've been here four or five times already, [and] I thoroughly enjoy it. In my opinion, it's the best pizza place in the city."
Helgerson said what he likes about Slices is the freshness of the food, the fast service, and the friendliness of the employees.
Patsy Glenn, of McDonough, sat in a booth with her co-worker, Robin Fitzgerald. Both women were on a lunch break from their jobs with the Henry County school system.
Glenn, a repeat customer, said that when she first ate at the restaurant, she enjoyed the Greek pizza. She said she is spreading the word about Slices.
"This is my second time coming here," she said. "I came here with my husband, and we had pizza. I told Robin about it, and came back with her today."
"Patsy and I decided we wanted to come to lunch together today," said Fitzgerald. "I had not been here, but she had, and she said it was good, so I said, 'let's go.'"
Elena Putnal, a regular customer, came from the Kelleytown area to have lunch at Slices.
Putnal said she chose Slices because it offers an opportunity for her to have lunch, socialize with friends, and have a meal in a welcoming environment. "The music's not too loud, and it's real friendly and comfortable," said Putnal.