The smell of fresh pizza drifted down Riverside Drive as Sliced fired up its ovens and opened its doors for business on Thursday.
Jeremy Green and Josh Tedder, co-owners of the business, signed the lease for the former Little Italy on Aug. 23. Gainesville will be their third Sliced location.
“At first we just opened a pizza shop, and then it got to the point where we needed more,” Green said. “Sliced is our little baby and we get to eat the best pizza every day.”
Best friends since the third grade, Green and Tedder found it only natural to team up as business partners.
They opened their first Sliced in Hoschton around three years ago, then launched a second restaurant a year later in Commerce.
Green left Biba’s Italian Restaurant in Gainesville after 10 years, and since then he has kept his eyes open to start another business in town.
“I’ve always wanted to come back,” he said. “There’s a community feel here, which is different and we like that.”
When entering Sliced in Gainesville, customers are met with industrial lighting, a handwritten menu on the wall and rustic wooden tables. During the warmer months the front garage window of the restaurant will open up, filtering in fresh air and sunlight.
Straying away from traditional Italian restaurants, Green said his aim is to impart a modern vibe.
He hopes to create a local hangout spot, where families can feel at ease and eat quality pizza.
Green, who has 23 years of chef experience, said the menu focuses on doing one thing well: pizza.
“We found out over time that if you’re trying to do a bunch of things good, you won’t do any of it good,” Tedder said. “So, we went simple and said, ‘If we can do pizza, and do it really well, that’s what we want.’”
People can purchase individual sizes or opt for a 14-inch or 18-inch pizza.
Green said the restaurant will use as many local ingredients as possible and sell beer from nearby breweries.
He also intends to incorporate eco-friendly habits into Sliced by providing biodegradable straws and recyclable plates. Most of the tables are upcycled pieces made of scrap barn wood from Tedder’s family property in Savannah.
Despite eating pizza nearly every day, Green said he never gets sick of it. Both Green and Tedder relish the pizza business and enjoy sharing the same passion.
“I love seeing our other stores that got busier every week, every year and packed every weekend,” Tedder said. “It’s so simple and effective with what people want. We’re just trying to do one thing and focus on it. It’s cool to see that pay off and for people to get it.”
What: Pizza restaurant
Where: former Little Italy building, 990 Riverside Drive, Gainesville; also Commerce and Hoschton locations
Open: For lunch and dinner
More info: slicedhoschton.com