Vic's Island Pizza
Vic’s Island Pizza is an affordable option when cruising the Island restaurant scene at noontime looking for good deals. Lunch specials run from $3 to $5.50.
A slice of pizza and a soda costs $3, or get two slices and a soda for $5. Patrons in the mood for a meatball Parmesan sub can score a six-inch with a bag of chips and soda for $5.50. Specials are available Tuesday through Friday.
Lunch at the restaurant just started in June, but the summer stayed steadily busy, explained owner Vic Stretton.
“We haven’t raised our prices in two years,” he added. “I think we’re a little lower than our competition.”
Pizzas at the joint start with a dough that contains a portion of whole wheat, or customers can request a fully whole-wheat pie. It’s followed by a homemade pizza sauce, that Stretton describes as a little on the sweet side. Before toppings, he adds a five-blend of cheeses on to the pie. A whole slew of toppings are available, and costs $1.50 for the first four, and $.75 for each additional one. Gourmet toppings such as chicken, shrimp and steak cost $2.50.
“It’s pizzas, subs, salads and wings. Everything is homemade. It’s a small menu, but we try to make everything good,” Stretton said.
The style of pizza and subs pays tribute to South Jersey and Philadelphia, Stretton said. The most popular subs are the Italian with capicola, salami, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato and onion topped with homemade sub oil, as well as the Philly cheese steak and the meatball parm.
Any time of day or night, patrons can order a six-inch sub from 10 different hot and cold types for $6. They can also order 12 wings served crisp from the oven in mild, hot or barbecue for $7.50.
Stretton ran restaurants before opening Vic’s Island Pizza two years ago and he’s been enjoying the adventure ever since.
“It’s nice to be in control and be able to have the freedom to make your own decisions and make food the way you want to make it,” Stretton said.
When asked what his favorite type of pizza was, Stretton laughed. Just like his menu, he likes things simple.
“I like a good cheese pizza. I also like our white pizza though,” Stretton said.
Patron Dave Bedford stopped by the shop for the second time and tried the meatball parm sub he watched his friend order last time.
“I had to come back and try it,” Bedford said. After taking a bite, he added: “It’s good.”
Last time he was in, he had the pizza lunch special.
“It’s a little different because of the whole wheat — it’s a little sweeter. It’s good though,” Bedford added.
IF YOU GO
Vic’s Island Pizza
910 N. Collier Blvd.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays
Dinner: 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 3 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.