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Oklahoma City-based Empire Slice House named Independent Pizzeria of the Year
Empire Slice House stands as a beacon on the Plaza District strip of NW 16th Street in Oklahoma City. An “EMPIRE” marquee dominates the storefront. Its intoxicating aromas waft down the block. Ellie, a pink elephant statue at the entrance, allures passersby into the metal door.
The New York-style pizzeria is anything but your average slice shop. It’s an eclectic sit-down, full-service spot with a full bar. The hip pizzeria nailed its vibe in a single tagline:
“It’s like Frank Sinatra and David Bowie had a pizza baby.”
A red, white and blue splattered Lady Liberty stands at attention at the door, while a six-foot black and white poster of Rasputin with a third eye, pizza slice beaming from his chest, and an acknowledging arm raised greets each customer. Almost every wall is plastered in vintage and modern music, comic and pop culture posters. The rest feature funky graffiti and art murals that give Empire a New York subway feel. The music is a fresh collection of old-school and new-school sounds at a decibel that gives off an energy but is not overpowering.