Since the readership of this pizza blog has grown to double digits, Iâ€™ve had one or two folks offer their suggestions of pizzas I should try. Most of them Iâ€™ve already written about, but once in a while, Iâ€™ll add a suggestion to my list, and sometimes Iâ€™ll be intrigued enough to check one out.
Such is the case with Scottyâ€™s Bar and Pizza, 3921 S. Clement Ave. The key words "thin crust," "good pizza" and "small bar" were repeated by enough people that I felt a visit was warranted. I stopped in on a Saturday afternoon with a friend to find a full bar and an empty dining room. We grabbed a table and were soon greeted by Shay, a bartender who was playfully sassy and added fun to our dining experience. She was great!
Neither of the owners were there on my visit, but I was able to speak to Gary Tiedke by phone. He and longtime friend Marcie Rone bought Scottyâ€™s Bar and Pizza 15 years ago. Tiedke owned a bar in the past and currently owns a tile company that his son manages. Tiedke said Scottyâ€™s had such a great reputation, he felt it made sense to buy the business when it was for sale.
I peeked into the kitchen through the ordering window in the dining room and saw the two Blodgett ovens used to bake the pizzas that are made fresh. I was told that the pizza dough is made from scratch and delivered several times per week by Canfora Bakery, also located in Bay View. Canfora also makes the seeded French bread rolls that Scottyâ€™s uses for its burgers. In fact, most of the pizza toppings are sourced from local businesses, including vegetables from Layton Fruit Market and the Italian sausage made specifically for Scottyâ€™s by a local butcher.
There are two small dining rooms in the back and a game room adjacent to the bar. The walls are filled with old radios and other collectibles, such as clocks and metal signs representing gas stations, auto racing and classic cars. I literally enjoyed staring at the walls, while waiting for our pizzas.
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