Building a Pizza Empire One Slice at a Time

Posted Jun 11th, 2019 in Foodie Fodder

Ray Worrell has been involved in the food and hospitality business most of his life. Originally from New Jersey, he moved to Wilmington to attend UNCW and paid for school by working 30 hours a week at places like Elijah’s and Caprice Bistro. He later expanded his knowledge of the restaurant business when he helped a friend open The Reel Café in Downtown Wilmington.

Around that time, another friend opened Slice of Life in the 100-block of Market Street and Ray became the manager. After a couple of years, his friend wanted to pursue other business opportunities so Ray bought “Slice”. The first location was small, but business was good. When the economy took a downturn, Ray was thankful that his pizzeria turned out to be recession-proof.

As the business grew, Ray added two other locations and, more recently, he moved the original Slice of Life to bigger premises across the street from the original site. In each location, the concept is the same—a blended bar and dining area, a mixture of high and low tables to accommodate customers of all ages, a cozy vibe suitable for families, and television screens for people to enjoy watching sport while they eat.

Good food always draws customers in and maintaining consistency with the recipes has led to a loyal following. The recipe for the pizza dough was developed by a friend with a baking degree and the tomato sauce is sourced from a California tomato grower that only sells to commercial outlets. You can then create your own pie with a choice of over 30 toppings. To accommodate a diverse range of tastes, Slice of Life makes a gluten-free dough, a white pie and a kale pesto pizza.

Other than pizza, the Slice of Life menu offers wings, subs, soup, salad and some popular Mexican dishes. The quesadillas are beyond awesome, especially as you can customize them with any of the pizza toppings.

With all these options, you, your friends, or your family can have a delicious meal that is affordable at Slice of Life and you can dine anytime from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 a.m. 

A full range of beverages is also available until 2:00 a.m. and the Slice of Life bars stock the largest selection of Tequila in Wilmington.

Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.

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A Slice Of Life Pizzeria & Pub
125 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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