First Bite: Two Boots Pizza

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After much anticipation, Two Boots Pizza opened early last month in the old Great Escape building at 1925 Broadway. I've had a couple of opportunities to visit a couple of times since the grand opening, both to dine in and carry out, and early reports are that it's a nice addition to the neighborhood.

One thing I like about the place is that everyone who works there seems to be having a great time. I don't know if that is the workplace culture of all Two Boots locations or if owner Sam Boyer just hired a bunch of fun people, but all the experiences I've had interacting with the staff have been enjoyable. Even waiting for a pizza is fun, since you can scan the colorful walls and discover lots of little kitschy details in the decor and mounted on the counter where you order. There are also several nods to the building's former tenant, with Great Escape signs and even an excellent pizza named after the old comic-book store.

The Great Escape pizza is probably my favorite of the five pies I have tried, with homemade andouille meatballs, pepperoni, basil and ricotta on a thin Sicilian crust. I wasn't as enthused as I'd hoped about The Kitty, a uniquely Nashvllle pie topped with hot chicken from Two Boots' neighbors at Hattie B's, along with blue cheese dressing, pickles and jalapenos. It's not that it wasn't a decent pizza, I had just hoped that the hot chicken would be a little more aggressive. Besides, there were just other pizzas that I preferred.

Since you can buy pizza by the slice at Two Boots, it's easy to sample a couple of options during one visit, although the slices are pretty huge, so judge your appetite accordingly. I also enjoyed the pie which I assume is named after my boss.* The Mr. Pink features a spicy creole chicken topping and juicy crushed plum tomatoes with garlic and mozzarella. Because those tomatoes were so juicy, it did leave the crust a little soggy, but that's partially my fault since I took the pie home to eat. I'm sure it would probably be crisper ordered by the slice and reheated in one of Two Boots' massive pizza ovens.

There are several vegetarian options on the menu and a V for Vegan pie that uses Daiya non-dairy cheese and lots of vegetables and mushrooms to dress up the pizza. There are several different crust types at Two Boots, and Sicilian, wheat and gluten-free options are available by request if you order a whole pie. I preferred the version dusted with corn meal.

If you get the chance to taste through more of the menu, feel free to share your impressions here in the comments.

* I know it's not, but let a man dream.

Two Boots Pizza
1925 Broadway
(615) 340-4343

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