A $10 lunch or dinner in this town that didn't come from a taqueria or a Burger King is sadly a rarity these days. But the new take-out counter at Flour + Water Pizzeria offers just that via its daily Big Slice — $8 for a slice that's about the size of a half of one of their regular pies, plus $2 for an optional side of housemade ranch.
But after Chronicle critic Soleil Ho tweeted about the slice, saying "honestly it’s a really great fuckin deal for food this good," she drew some skepticism and eyebrow raises. A slice of pizza, most would say, shouldn't cost $8.
the to-go slice at flour + water pizzeria is $8 and honestly it’s a really great fuckin deal for food this good: it’s enormous (like 2 slices’ worth) and filled with basically a side salad of arugula. (yea, that’s ranch and chile oil on the side.) pic.twitter.com/FMV27qx4OJ— Soleil Ho (@hooleil) June 13, 2019
I didn’t bat. I 👁 rolled.— Fayes Video/Espresso (@fayesvideo) June 13, 2019
Of course, SFist took note three years ago when the much humbler (and less high-quality) Serrano's on 21st Street was selling slices of their Serrano's Special for $10.35, loaded up as it is with too many toppings. So if this Flour + Water Pizzeria slice is as good and as large as she says, why should anyone complain, really?
But what's ensued is the age-old debate about how much food should cost, and whether food made well, with high-quality ingredients, is ever as "overpriced" as people think, when a restaurant is just trying to turn a small profit.
Local chef Preeti Mistry then chimed in:
Here's the thing...ppl complaining about $8 slices and $4 toast.— Preeti Mistry (@chefpmistry) June 13, 2019
Almost NO ONE that is making "from scratch hand-made w organic ingredients food" is getting rich off it. When food is grown and made by humans that are paid a fair wage it cost money, period.
What's amazing is how folks will talk about how THIS is somehow the downfall of our society...when in reality paying a FAIR PRICE for food grown and cooked by humans that are not being exploited is a GOOD THING.— Preeti Mistry (@chefpmistry) June 13, 2019
Makes absolutely no sense to be angry at $8 slices but NOT at $800-2000/person meals. It's as illogical as getting angry at immigrants for "taking away jobs" while multi-national corporations and the 1% screw us all over...— Preeti Mistry (@chefpmistry) June 13, 2019
Rather than debate this in a vacuum, perhaps we should all be ordering and tasting this thing first, and deciding for ourselves if it feels like a deal or a rip-off.
You'll be hard-pressed to find good slices around town for much less than $5 or $6, even at Arinell two blocks away, so for a big, folded-over monster with arugula spilling out of it, this complete meal should not be cause for debate — let alone faux outrage.