Mikey's Late Night Slice has exploded from a small shack in the Short North to a citywide business with locations in Grandview, Clintonville, the Arena District and inside Newport Music Hall.

Mikey's Late Night Slice has exploded from a small shack in the Short North to a citywide business with locations in Grandview, Clintonville, the Arena District and inside Newport Music Hall.

Owner Mikey Sorboro, who also founded E.C.T. Pedicab several years ago, shared more about his growing pizza kingdom.

I never made a pizza in my life until I pretty much had a pizza kitchen set up. My dad made some pizzas at home when we were kids. He just did it once or twice a year because he had some leftover flour. The closest I came to pizza is my last name kind of sounding like that crappy pizza place at the mall.

When I was on the pedicabs, you kept hearing so much, "Where's the pizza by the slice in this city?" I've been living in this building in the Short North for the better part of seven years now and just had that idea: Why don't we see if we can put a little pizza-by-the-slice joint in this tiny little shack here?

The best advice I can give is try it. You never know if it's going to work unless you just try it out and dedicate yourself to it.

At first, we had no idea how to get a ball of dough into a sheet of dough. When we started having our own dough, which was maybe a month or so into the whole thing, me and my business partner were literally on two sides of a ball of dough trying to stretch it. This thing is 100 percent self-taught.

My favorite kind of pizza when I'm sober is the mushroom and roasted garlic. When not, it's the spicy pepperoni.

Our Slut Sauce is one of those things that we nailed on the first try. When we were developing this whole concept, we wanted a couple sauces to put on pizza. I'm a big dipper. We put a bunch of stuff together and were like, "Wow, this is really good on pizza!" I think people just latched onto it. It's kind of a phenomenon.

Three things I can't live without are ice cream, my cell phone and a mode of transportation.

I'm the kind of person who will always buy you a drink.

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Photo by Eric Wagner