Micucci's Grocery

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45 India St (Middle St)
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-1854
Italian, Gourmet, Cheese Shop
$ $
Hours
Mon–Fri: 8:00 AM–5:30 PM Sat: 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Micucci Grocery was opened in 1951 by Leo and Iris Micucci, and has been family-operated ever since. It’s more sandwich counter-meets-deli-meets-dry-goods store than pizzeria. But the reason to visit this Portland icon is in back, up the stairs to the left where “slabs” of American-interpreted Sicilian-style pizza are baked and set on shelves.

The word “slabs,” doesn’t do these slices justice — a curious hybrid for sure, they’re nowhere as heavy as the gut-bombs most descriptions convey. Half-again bigger than the conventional Sicilian slice, and just as thick if wetter and more doughy, Micucci’s slabs may not be authentic Italian, but they feel like an idealized iteration of the focaccia style you’ve always sought, but never experienced.

Each is about a half-foot long. There’s an uneven inch-and-a-half to ¾-inch cornicione, which is not much different from the rest of the slice, save that it’s dryer for not being covered by the brush of sweet sauce and incomplete layer of mozzarella coating the rest of it.

“Pillowy” and “airy” have been used to describe these pizzas, and undoubtedly will be as long as Micucci continues to do things this way (the right way, mind you). Imagine a fluffy, light focaccia — almost an inch high in some places but no thinner than one third of an inch anywhere — that’s doughy and a bit wetter than most with layers of bubbles. There’s a scattering of Italian herbs on top, with cheese rivulets and sauce undercurrents around raised puffy sections of dough. There’s no undercrust to speak of, but some crispy spots of cheese in places, especially along the edges.

It’s not pizza in any other traditional regional American sense, nor can you say it’s precisely Italian. But there’s something intensely right and satisfying about it. Consider the warm, airy pleasure of freshly baked dough without much crust to speak of, the tang of sweet sauce, and the salty pull of just-melted cheese, and you get the idea of a fresh Micucci slice.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015

Foursquare Tips

  • Don't think, just eat a Sicilian slab. In fact, eat two.
  • Don't be this guy.
  • The best store in all of Portland.
  • Make sure you speak up at the counter when ordering meats and cheeses ... otherwise, they'll skip to someone who doesn't know what the hell they're ordering.
  • It's called the slab. Thick, Sicilian pizza with a delicious sweet sauce...big enough to share. Do not miss!
  • The slab pizza is fantastic!! It goes quickly and is best fresh, so call ahead or get there early.
  • Amazing pizza, but get there early, or they'll run out!
  • get ready to stand in line for a slab
  • Two for one pizzas on Mondays. They are very good. Pick up some groceries while your there. Favorite place for cheese, pastas, and mortadella!
  • Killer slice of Sicilian pizza
  • Good selection of Italian staples. Killer Sicilian pizza too! Sweeter sauce and very tasty crust
  • Pizza is very good!
  • Meatball sandwich
  • Sicilian slab, of course
  • Best pasta!
  • Italian grocery, cold cuts, wine and cheeses the best.
  • The Sicilian Slab is good, but definitely over-hyped.
  • The meatball sub omg.
  • One of the great things about living in Portland. The wine selection is great as is the grocery section.
  • Best Sicilian Slice!