Pizza has powers. There’s no question about it. The combination of cheeses, sauces, and crispy crusts give pizza the ability to turn anyone into a craving-induced food lover. Its powers can cure everything from Monday blues to weekend nostalgia. Chaotic family day? Skip cooking and order pizza. Long day at work? Skip going to the grocery store and grab a pie on the way home. And if you want to turn an ordinary family dinner into a night of quality time and pie sharing, head to Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice for a night of dining out on the patio with pizza, pasta, and drinks.

Honey Hot Wings from Antonio’s by the Slice in Worcester, MA

Honey Hot Wings from Antonio’s by the Slice in Worcester, MA

We all know pizza has become the quintessential New York food, but Antonio’s Pizza is holding down the fort in Worcester – one of its eight locations – with the perfect sauce to crust ratio. Opening its original location in Amherst, MA in 1991, Antonio’s opened in Worcester in 2016 and hasn’t slowed down since. In Worcester, Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice includes a call-ahead, drive-up pickup window, an open-concept kitchen and an outdoor dining option – all of the necessary options for a #FamilyEats destination.

Scott Weiner declared New York the “slice town” in his book, “Viva La Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box,” because of New York’s emphasis on the sliced pizza opposed to the entire pie and honestly, there’s something to be said about the ability to order a slice over a pie and at Antonio’s they understand that. With a slice counter, Antonio’s speaks to the indecisive eater, the “I’m in a rush, let me get a slice” eater and ultimately to the little belly eaters – the kiddos. While the adults can order skillets filled to the brim with specialty pastas and topped with the likes of mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, herbs and even baked seafood, the kids can feed their simple needs with a slice of cheese pizza.

We can’t give Antonio’s kudos for their “order by the slice” philosophy without talking about their variations. Pizza options are a specialty at Antonio’s. From gluten-free to veggie pizzas, the pizza line up gives more options than most New York pizzerias. (Sorry, New York) They offer the standard cheese, pepperoni and Hawaiian pies but they also branch out their creative pizza skills with pies like the beaurider – a pizza topped with breaded chicken, cheese-filled tortellini, mozzarella cheese and basil pesto sauce – the chicken quesadilla – a pie topped with spicy chicken, pico de gallo with cilantro, sour cream, nacho chips, cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. These pizzas are for adventurous eaters and are the perfect way to liven up a family night out. The kids’ menu speaks to the simple taste pallet of a child: cheese pizza, pastas (with or without sauce) and chicken fingers but with so many options for pizza toppings, Antonio’s may be the place to get your picky eater to explore more menu items on your next family night out.

Chicken and gorgonzola salad + Calamari from Antonio’s by the Slice in Worcester, MA

Chicken and gorgonzola salad + Calamari from Antonio’s by the Slice in Worcester, MA

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