Home Slice Pizza Brings Authentic New York Style Pizza to Austin
Home Slice Pizza is the creative & delicious brainchild of three great friends — married couple Jen & Joseph Stickland and their business partner, Terri Hannifin. Their passion for food and entertaining came to life in the form of an Austin institution on South Congress called Home Slice Pizza, based on the original, unfailing goodness of authentic New York style pizza.
The mission of Home Slice Pizza is as rich and true today as it was when they opened in 2005 : believing that the quality and integrity of pizza is not limited to the food itself and the ingredients used, but that it is influenced, molded and created by the hands, the life, the passion of those making it. They launched their business promising to make no compromise for for what they believed in and no compromise is exactly how they have grown their small idea into the roaring success that it is in Austin and for their Home Slice family of over 100 employees today. This team of cooks, managers, business developers and servers are what bring the heart, soul, and love to the company that is Home Slice Austin for the people of Austin. It’s about the people first, and the pizza second.
Jen Strickland could be termed as the “recipe creator/developer and food and quality controller” side of Home Slice. She was the former food editor of the Austin Chronicle and former editor of the Texas Monthly website and had over a decade of experience covering the Austin restaurant scene. Owning her own restaurant was a new task and never something she imagined doing. However, with an Italian-American background and hailing from a family of small business owners in upstate New York, Jen had a background that formed the foundation of her passion for great pizza. With four years spent in New York City for college (where she met Terri), her craving for quality, Italian pizza was met and only inspired her dream to bring that to Austin.
Joseph Strickland could be termed as the “business partner and strategic developer” of Home Slice. While he would have called himself an entrepreneur and never a restaurant owner, his brief experience and memories in the restaurant business stayed with him. And so as his wife was creating recipes for friends and finding success in making New York style pizzas at home, he decided to create a business plan for their idea. Fast forward to today, Joseph still draws his inspiration from the customers and employees that walk through the doors. His heart as an entrepreneur is continually fueled by the simply joy and happiness that people find at Home Slice. Whether it’s in the great food or even better service, Joseph would say that “running a business like Home Slice isn’t all that different from any all consuming artistic endeavor; it simply requires dedication, creativity, humility, and of course a sense of humor.”
Terri Hannifin could be termed as the “operations and management developer” of Home Slice. Originally from Denver, Terri grew up in the restaurant industry and at a young age she realized how much she loved working in the hospitality industry and what an art it was to make people happy with great food and friendly service. Her passion and dedication to hospitality is what launched her career in managing, opening, and consulting for restaurants for the last 15 years. She was in fact consulting with Joseph & Jen on the idea of Home Slice when she took the opportunity to make the idea a reality, move to Texas and open the concept with them.
While they all three shared unconventional business theories, they were all passionate to” create a fun neighborhood joint where people could get quality New York style pizza, all the while, create a sustainable business that could support all the creative ventures that they may be inspired to pursue.”
All three would say, without apologies, that life is too short to not enjoy what one does! And so, with a lot of hard work, but with great joy, they launched Home Slice Pizza in nearly 8 years ago. The menu, the heart and the soul of Home Slice has stayed the same since that day they conceived the idea! My time with Jen and her team was truly a remarkable experience to hear their story and meet their family of employees and learn more about this place Austinites love so much!
This summer the family at Home Slice decided to add something new to the menu, something in fact they have never done. (The menu has stayed the same since the day they opened!) This summer, they launched the Sicilian Style Pizza on Monday’s and have had great response and craving for this square cut pizza. These handful of images are only a selection of the heart and soul of Home Slice- from the food, to the people, to the environment. For your own good, stop by, meet their team and indulge in Austin’s New York style pizzeria. You will be glad. You will be full when you leave.
And when you leave, Jen, Joseph, Terri and the entire Home Slice family would all hope you were loved well when you walked in their doors, that their team invested in your experience and that they made the world a better place while you were there. Phil Korshak, one of their original family members and employees, closed our meeting in saying, “Our goal is that your experience and food wouldn’t be good. Not even great. But that it would be awesome, every time. We are known for authentic food done the old school way. Food made with love. Our focus is to make people’s day better than when they came in. Everyone who works here is thrilled to serve you. Our passion is hospitality.”