It was a Sunday afternoon, and we were looking for a place to eat. I drove by the Vagabond Café and should have stopped in for Letter V that I’m way behind on. Also passed by Reuben’s whom I haven’t been to in some time, but they were closed.
Then I saw it…….Picasso’s Pizzeria. Totally forgot it was in the area and having heard good things about it from friends, I quickly hit the brakes as I passed by the building. Made a quick turn and it was on!
Picasso’s Pizzeria is one of the newest pizza joints to hit the Wichita scene. The place opened up on March 5th, so they are not even two months olds. They are located on 621 W. Douglas in the Delano District. They are open 11 am to 8 pm on Mondays through Thursdays, 11 am to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday and Noon to 7 pm on Sundays.
When you walk in, you follow these yellow footsteps stuck on the floor to the cash register where you order your pizza. Picasso offers all sorts of Pizza by the slice or you can order it in full 16-inch pies or even their “Ginormous” size that run close to $40 for their “Art Specialties” pizzas. They have an assortment of sandwiches, salads, and calzones but let’s be honest….. You will go here strictly for the pizzas.
Their pizzas are giant slices of New York style pizza. A friend and I were originally going to order two slices a piece but after seeing the size of an individual slice we decided to each order one we chose and then one we’d split or take home depending on our hunger level. I chose the “Hot Island” (Canadian bacon, pineapple, jalapeños, and pepperoncini). My friend went with “The Great White” (white slice with olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, no red sauce). The one we would split was “The Picasso” (basil pesto, Roma tomato, spinach, feta, Romano). Each of those slices were $5.95 plus tax. The lady at the cash register told us their two most popular pizzas were the Picasso and the Kitchen Sink (their version of the supreme).
For the record they have bottled beers and three beers on tap: Blue Moon, Coors Light and Boulevard Wheat. Probably the only con I have on the place was that they had Coors Light on tap. Also of note, they have gluten-free pizzas!
Once you order your pizzas, you just find an open table or booth to sit at. They have a nice patio open outside to sit at as well. The inside has a definite Delano feel. It’s not super bright inside; it has the artsy type alternative bar feel. From most booths in the restaurant you can watch the pizza preparers get all the pizza ready and in and out of the oven.
Once your pizza is ready, they will call your name out, and you just go up there and pick up your pizza. The smell of the pizzas was wonderful, and I was ready to chow down. The first bite my friend took, and you could tell she really liked it. Dare I say loved it? Her first bite in and she had that look of approval. I picked mine up, but it was a little too hot, so I went the alternative route until it cooled down: fork and knife. Cut, pick up, bite, chew, swallow, and smile. WOW! The Hot Island was delicious. We both then tried the Picasso and it too was delicious. I am a big carnivore, so I’m not certain that I’d order the Picasso again but for what it’s worth, my friend really liked it. I thought it was tasty but when it comes to pizza, I like to have meat on it. Within minutes, we devoured all three slices of pizza with pure delight. (Editor’s note: when I say minutes I should probably specify that I meant many many many minutes not like five or six minutes. That would make us look like pigs!)
|“The Great White” next to a fork
|“The Hot Island” next to an arm
|“The Picasso” next to a jar or Parmesan cheese
Once finishing the pizza, I had the crust left. I’ve mentioned it before. I’m not a crust guy. I usually eat the pizza and leave the crust behind. Picasso offers bottles of honey to pour onto your crust to add some flavor.
My friend was quick to mention she could definitely go here again soon. She said Picasso’s has quickly jumped to the top of her list as her favorite pizza places in Wichita along with Ziggy’s Pizza. I agree, Picasso’s was definitely super tasty and I look forward to going back possibly this week. I really like thin crust pizza and this place has it perfected. I would love to try their “Kitchen Sink” as I heard many people ordering that.
Mark it down. This is one of the best pizzas we’ve had in Wichita. I’ve heard from many friends and colleagues this place is “legit” so to speak. They were not wrong in their sentiments.
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