Here's the dealio: I love pizza, and in a perfect world, I'd indulge in a big old pie at least once a week.
I also don't play favorites when it comes to pizza — give me a greasy single slice from a walk-up window or give me a wood-fired gourmet goodie from a fancy sit-down restaurant and I'm happy. That's not to say that Larosa's (and other hometown favorites) won't always hold a special place in my heart, but you get the picture.
Today, I'm venturing outside of our city limits for a pizza place that is definitely worth the trek: Old Scratch Pizza in Dayton, Ohio.
As to be expected, Old Scratch serves up some palate-pleasing pies. All of their pizzas are made in the Neapolitan tradition; in other words, they're cooked in a wood-burning oven until perfectly flame-kissed (as they like to say).
Their Angry Beekeeper (tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, spicy salame, house-made hot honey, and olive oil) or the Brussel Crow (Brussels sprouts, wilted shallots, taleggio cheese, bacon, and an apple cider reduction) are particularly appetizing.
Another crowd pleaser is their Whole Roasted Cauliflower, which they brine overnight, roast, then serve with a romesco dipping sauce. It's so good that last year they served over 6,000 heads of cauliflower. That's got to set some kind of cauli-record, right?
Obviously, I'm a sucker for great pizza. But throw in a great atmosphere and I'm sold.
It's safe to assume that no one ever expected an abandoned 1960s auto parts store in a "fringe" part of downtown Dayton to be transformed into a pizza and beer hall. But that's exactly what OSP did. Inside you'll find an open and airy space filled with communal picnic tables that have been placed in front of wood-fired ovens. Their bar features constantly rotating taps of local and regional craft beer. It's the kind of place where families, college students, hipsters, and urban professionals alike all gather for good food & drinks.
All it takes is one teeny little road trip (approximately 52 minutes from Downtown Cincy) to check this place out. And whoa nelly, is it worth it. As always, I wish you could get a whiff of the deliciousness through the screen, but alas, you'll just have to make the trip for yourself.
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Old Scratch Pizza is a Neapolitan pizza & craft beer hall located at 812 S. Patterson Blvd in Dayton, OH.