When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie in Raleigh, chances are you're on Glenwood South and the hour is late. Until recently, though, whenever the craving for a late-night slice hit, you were out of luck. That changed late last month, when Lucky B's owner Mike Lombardo teamed up with Kurt Lam to open Sauced Pizza (410-350 Glenwood Ave.; 803-0670; www.saucedpizza.com) in the former Enoteca Vin space.
Lombardo, a transplant from New Jersey, and North Carolina native Lam are billing their joint venture as "NY Pizza/NC Pub." Thin, hand-tossed-crust pizzas, sold by the slice or whole pie, back up the first half of that claim. In addition to the traditional topping options, a Mason-Dixon line-hopping selection of specialty pizzas range from the meat-lover's South Jersey Special to the Wolfpack (grilled chicken, barbecue sauce and red onion). The pizzeria lineup also includes calzones, hoagies and a large antipasto salad for two.
Representing the "NC Pub" half of the slogan are nearly two dozen domestic and imported beers (including a couple of local brews) and a modest selection of wine. There's also an assortment of salads and pub fare ranging from jumbo Buffalo wings to fried ravioli.
"I've been in the bar and nightlife business for 12 years now on Glenwood South," says Lombardo, "and I've always felt like a New York-style pizza restaurant would be successful." Judging by the early crowds, it looks like he's right. And, while the restaurant's hours are a boon to late-night revelers on Glenwood South, you don't have to be a night owl to check it out. Sauced is open Mondays from 4 p.m. to midnight, Tuesdays-Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Thursdays-Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m., and Sundays from noon to midnight.
Recent weeks have also brought good news for pizza fans elsewhere in the Triangle. After 20 years in its former cramped quarters, RTP favorite Sal's Pizza (2103 Allendown Drive, Durham; 544-1104; www.salspizzartp.com) has relocated to spiffier digs in the former Rudino's/Durbar 84 spot. And in Knightdale, brothers Ahmed and Sam Ramadan have opened their second Mamma Mia's Pizzeria (7142 Knightdale Blvd.; 217-5550). The first is in Wilson. (The restaurants are not affiliated with Mamma Mia! in Apex.)