Picasso’s: First birthday, new sign, free Chicken Poop

FINALLY! A sign. I’d say it was worth the wait.

Seems like just yesterday I was stalking the space at 621 W. Douglas, trying to get someone, ANYONE, to tell me about the pizza place that was under construction.

But that was an entire year ago, and now, I can’t imagine a life without Picasso’s Pizzeria in it.

The restaurant, which makes giant and fabulous slices with heavenly crust and magic sauce, turned 1 on March 5.

Picasso’s is celebrating now, with the addition of a new sign (previously, you had to rely on all five senses to locate the business along west Douglas). And on Monday, owner Kurt Schmidt — whose sister-in-law is Chicken Poop founder Jamie Tabor Schmidt — will distribute free tubes of Chicken Poop with each slice purchased, while supplies last.

Race you there.

For more information, callĀ 3160-267-5423.

Question of the week: Build your own?

A Chipotle order is a very personal thing.

Sometimes, I like to build my own meal. Chipotle is a good example. I know exactly what I want in my burrito or burrito bowl, and I know exactly how much of it I want.

Other times, build-your-own is too hard. For example, I want the fine folks at Picasso’s Pizzeria to tell me what to put on my slice. The list of ingredients all sound so good, but I’m not sure what would be best together.

Lots of restaurants in town offer customers the opportunity to build their own sandwiches, burgers, Mongolian grill creations and ice cream mixtures.

My question: Do you like this option? Do you use it? And in which restaurants have you best been able to master it?

Answer in the comments section below.

Picasso’s oven trouble cancels lunch

UPDATE: Picasso’s will reopen at 5 p.m. today. The oven problem is nearly fixed.

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APPARENTLY, Picasso’s Pizzeria was so crushed with business after my positive review that they cooked their oven to death.

Okay, that’s probably not what really happened. But nonetheless, Picasso’s pizza oven has malfunctioned, and the owners are frantically trying to get it fixed. The restaurant closed early on Sunday and won’t be able to open for lunch today. Owners are optimistic they’ll be up and running by dinner time, though.

I’ll let you know what I hear.

Question of the week: Best non-delivery pizza?

My people and me at Picasso's last weekend. Can't get enough of that place.

I reviewed Ziggy’s a few weeks ago, and I’ve got the scoop on Picasso’s slices today. I have PIZZA ON THE BRAIN.

We’ve had a nice influx of new pizza places lately in Wichita, which inspires today’s question. What’s your favorite non-delivery (read, besides Pizza Hut and Papa John’s) pizza in town?

My list is too long to print, but I love both the new ones.

Add your vote in the comments section below.

Now open: Picasso’s Pizzeria

Picasso’s Pizzeria, the Delano pizza-by-the-slice place I told you about last week, quietly opened on Monday at 621 W. Douglas.

There’s no sign on the building yet, but the menu now is posted in the window, and it looks goooooooooood.

Picasso’s offers slices for between $3.65 and $5.95, depending on how “artistic” you like your toppings. A basic slice of cheese is on the lower end of the cost scale. A slice of “The Picasso,” featuring basil pesto, Roma tomatoes, spinach, feta and Romano, is on the higher end. I also liked the sound of “The Kansan,” topped with sunflower seeds, spinach, blue cheese and red onions. Picasso’s has meat-topped pizza, too, including “The Heart Attack,” featuring pepperoni, beef, Canadian bacon and Italian sausage.

Full 16-inch pies range from $13.99 to $20.95. “Ginormous” pizzas also are available.

Picasso’s also has a gluten-free menu and serves sandwiches and salads as well. It serves microbrews and domestic beers, both by-the-bottle and on tap.

So far, the exterior doesn’t have much curb appeal, but I peeked in the windows and the dining room is attractive, featuring a bar and lots of booths.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 316-267-5423.

In the works: Picasso’s Pizzeria

A new pizza places should be opening soon in Delano.

Picasso’s Pizzeria is in the works at 621 W. Douglas. It’ll be owned by Kurt Schmidt and specialize in New York pizza by the slice.

The restaurant is catty corner to Pizza Hut and across the street from The Vagabond.

I stopped by this afternoon, and the space was buzzing with construction work. It looks like it’s close to being done.

I’ll fill in more details as I get them.