By Tonya West
For Hometown News
Just before their first birthday in January, quadruplets Natalia, Isabella, Gianna and Alexis Falletta had their very first piece of pizza. They enjoyed it at Slice O' Pi in Daytona Beach, a new restaurant owned by their parents Marco and Jessica Falletta.
The Falletta girls opted for a slice of cheese. The cheese and white pizza pie are available every day by the slice along with four specialty pies that change daily. There are 10 whole pie offerings, including Sicilian, or you can create your own.
The white slice would've been a little too rich for the Falletta girls, but an absolute pleasure for anyone who enjoys a tomato-free slice. Speckled with spinach and visible chunks of garlic, the crust holds up a generous amount of ricotta and mozzarella, a perfectly smooth combination. No worries: the garlic is sweet and just right.
For those who bring "pizza bones" home to their dogs, you might find the crust too tasty to share.
Pizza perfection ranks high for the Sicilian Falletta family. At 38, Mr. Falletta has worked with his father, Dominic Falletta, since he was 15. The elder Mr. Falletta owns De Vinci's in Ormond Beach and his New York experience includes working at the famous Ray's Pizza, established in 1964.
The younger Mr. Falletta introduced a lot of unique pizzas at his father's restaurant and perfected them over the last five years. Bringing his father's recipes with him, he incorporated his own and his wife, Jessica, has added her touch.
"Jessica makes our homemade Italian wedding soup," Mr. Falletta said. She's also responsible for another favorite: the Piggy Pi, slow roasted barbecue pulled pork that she marinates in Dr. Pepper for 12 hours.
These days when someone stumbles upon something good, they not only tell their friends, they rave it up at Urban Spoon, an online dining review application. Within a month, Slice O' Pi received more favorable reviews than not.
Naming the restaurant Slice O' Pi was meant to attract the students in the area. The most commendable review on Urban Spoon shows it's working: "Thank god! A pizza place that advertises NY pizza and actually tastes like it, too! Been there 3 times already and we are addicted. The best sauce ever ... amazing and they deliver. I also got 10 percent off for being a student and they took my Embry-Riddle card, too! Love it."
Homemade goodness begins at 8 a.m. when Mr. Falletta begins baking the day's sub and dinner rolls. Gluten-free folks are not to feel left out. Slice O' Pi offers gluten free pizza and pasta dishes.
Slice O' Pi is going into its second month of business.
"We couldn't have asked for a better beginning," Mr. Falletta said.
The actual space of the restaurant has seen its share of pizza places come and go, but his family focus is a strong motivator to be successful. Amid the inspirational slogans and looming New York posters that nicely decorate the walls, there's a little black and white picture of the Falletta girls, the four miracles. Be sure not to miss it.
Slice O' Pi is in the Shoppes at Beville and is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To see the full menu, visit sliceopi.com or call (386) 872-4555 for delivery.