Sauce on the Side: An Imaginative Fast-Casual Concept

This week, RFT reviewed three-month-old Sauce on the Side, a calzone joint at Ninth and Pine streets downtown.

Read Ian Froeb's Sauce on the Side restaurant review.

Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for Riverfront Times.
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"The Gonzo" is stuffed with salami, dates, baby spinach, boursin, mozzarella, mascarpone and ricotta. It's served with a garlic-butter sauce...on the side, naturally.
"The Gonzo" is stuffed with salami, dates, baby spinach, boursin, mozzarella, mascarpone and ricotta. It's served with a garlic-butter sauce...on the side, naturally.
Preparing the calzones' dough.
Preparing the calzones' dough.
The "Which Came First...?" calzone is filled with roasted pulled chicken, applewood-smoked bacon, jalapenos, egg, onion and mozzarella. It is served with a salsa verde.
The "Which Came First...?" calzone is filled with roasted pulled chicken, applewood-smoked bacon, jalapenos, egg, onion and mozzarella. It is served with a salsa verde.
The "Strawberry Fields" salad is spring mix, strawberries, feta, red onion, sage, mint and candied walnuts with a white balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
The "Strawberry Fields" salad is spring mix, strawberries, feta, red onion, sage, mint and candied walnuts with a white balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Two of the three owners: Ryan Mangialardo and Dan Porzel. Not shown is third partner, Brendon Maciariello.
Two of the three owners: Ryan Mangialardo and Dan Porzel. Not shown is third partner, Brendon Maciariello.
The "Which Came First...?" calzone is filled with roasted pulled chicken, applewood-smoked bacon, jalapenos, egg, onion and mozzarella. It is served with a salsa verde.
The "Which Came First...?" calzone is filled with roasted pulled chicken, applewood-smoked bacon, jalapenos, egg, onion and mozzarella. It is served with a salsa verde.
Sauce on the Side, located at Ninth and Pine streets.
Sauce on the Side, located at Ninth and Pine streets.
The "Smokehouse" salad is butter lettuce, charred corn, pancetta, smoked cheddar, pear tomatoes, basil and barbecue-ranch dressing.
The "Smokehouse" salad is butter lettuce, charred corn, pancetta, smoked cheddar, pear tomatoes, basil and barbecue-ranch dressing.
Sauce on the Side's to-go menus.
Sauce on the Side's to-go menus.
"The Gonzo" is stuffed with salami, dates, baby spinach, boursin, mozzarella, mascarpone and ricotta. It's served with a garlic-butter sauce...on the side, naturally.
"The Gonzo" is stuffed with salami, dates, baby spinach, boursin, mozzarella, mascarpone and ricotta. It's served with a garlic-butter sauce...on the side, naturally.