Pizza By Alex. [Photos: Tom Minervino]
Welcome to our photo series Eater Scenes, where Eater photographers visit some of the state's great restaurants to capture them at a certain point in the day. Here is Biddeford's iconic pizza place, Pizza By Alex, on a recent Thursday afternoon with some snow falling outside.
Since it was opened 1960 by Alex Mantis, Pizza By Alex has been serving up its famous 10-inch Greek-style pan pizzas to a devoted following from Biddeford and beyond. It remains in the Mantis family today. On the busiest days, the throwback pizzeria can serve upwards of a thousand pies. On Fridays and Saturdays, 800 or 900 pies are typical, with a "slow day" still resulting in 600 or 700 handmade pizzas making it into the ovens. The counter crew is friendly and efficient, and the pizza production runs like a well olive-oiled machine. It's cash only (there is an ATM in the store) and some will say you have to ask for your pizza to be cooked in the old oven, but that is more for tradition than taste. All the ovens bake a fine pie. Here, have a look at the landmark Maine pizzeria in action as dinner time nears:
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