take this from someone who doesn’t like pizza (I know, I know, despicable) : bottoms up is good stuff.
a shockoe bottom tradition and must-visit for any visitor to the slip, bottoms up was founded in 1990 off of n 18th street (they’re now on dock street). its original goal was to invent a popular slice for richmonders. since then, it has evolved into a destination for a myriad of customers : businessmen in suits on their lunch breaks, families out for a meal, teenagers roaming the city, you name it. good pizza attracts anyone and everyone.
every pizza is made to order, which might take more time than someone has available on their lunch break. to remedy this, bottom’s up developed its “express lunch” system with a selection of specialty pizzas that will come in 15 minutes or it’s free. you can also buy “take’n bake” pizzas with thin crust to stick in the oven at home.
come for jazz night on sundays or for a meal before hitting up off the hookah. bottoms up takes perfect advantage of its location by the canal walk, train station, and downtown of richmond just a few blocks away. it even displays the flood line of hurricane gaston almost a decade ago, which reaches above most heads.
flood lines aside, bottoms up is always bustling, especially in these warmer months approaching when the air is breezy coming off of the canal, and the train rumbles overhead. take a seat outside, breathe in the pepperoni, and sink your teeth deeply into the massive crust. because who even counts calories anymore?