Megan Baxter’s series, “12 Last Meals in Greenville,” documents the food lover’s farewell to our city. Check back each week for the next installment.
Sidewall Pizza: Not your average pizza
I’ve always thought of pizza as a last-ditch-effort meal, not something to be savored, especially takeout pizza, until we picked up those first two pies at Sidewall. How had we not known about this place earlier, we asked each other, standing in our empty kitchen eating slices right out of the box? Sidewall became our go-to for pizza and a place we’d invite all of our out-of-town guests. The hand-tossed, ingredient-driven pizzas; local retro sodas; daily ice cream specials; and dog-friendly seating showed off what we loved best about Greenville in one dinner stop.
Megan’s last Sidewall meal
We ordered takeout, just as we did with our first Sidewall experience. As I pulled up to the Sidewall, dogs were resting under the tables outside and kids were dancing under the lights. I wove through them to pick up our pizzas.
We ordered the margherita and the roasted mushroom pies. The margherita had hand-tossed thin crust (baked to a deep, flaky brown) and was dressed with nothing but fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil. It tasted almost light, with the cut of fresh basil finishing each bite. The roasted mushroom had four varieties of mushrooms (shiitake, oyster, cremini, and button) tossed in a sauce made with butter, white wine, roasted garlic, and shallots, spread over a thin sheet of local mozzarella slices and dusted with pecorino cheese.