My husband and I had a much needed date night. We prefer to eat local when possible, so we decided to check out a new pizza joint around Dayton. Old Scratch Pizza’s Facebook posts made my mouth water. If the pizza was half as good as it sounded, then I knew we would probably enjoy it.
The location was easy to find. Parking was okay. There was a lot, and some street parking, but by the time we left the lot was full. The building was much larger inside than I expected. There was plenty of picnic style tables, with a roll of paper towels, plates, a recycled tomato can with salt and red pepper flakes inside.
You order at the counter from a decent selection of pizzas. They have red sauce pizzas, white sauce pizzas, as well as gluten free and vegan selections. They also had salads, sandwiches, and fresh bread. Along with the pizza they had a good variety of local craft beers available, which will be fun to come back and enjoy in the future. Wine was also on the menu.
|There was a bowl of lemons sitting out for water.|
We ordered a Mr. Scratch which was described as “hand-crushed tomatoes, house-made sausage, caramelized onions, Calabrian chilis, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil”. We also ordered a Sophie Mae, described as “applewood-smoked bacon, red onion jam, fresh mozzarella, romano”. I also asked for a side of house-made ranch, because ranch is good with everything and I needed to know if they could make a tasty one.
Inside, you can watch the pizzas being made each step of the way, from the dough being rolled all the way through it being quickly baked in the wood-burning oven.
We opted to sit outside on the patio because it was a nice. As I would hope with a pizza that cooks in under three minutes, our food was brought to us with very little wait time.
|Good sized outdoor space|
My eyes immediately ate up the pizza and my stomach couldn’t wait to catch up. The dough on each of the pizzas was chewy with a crusty crunch. Neapolitan style pizza is something very different than some other style of pizzas. I was expecting a thin chewy crust and that is what I got. The size on the pizzas were around the size of a medium pizza.
I first tried the Sophie Mae. The flavors here were very well balanced. Sweetness from the house made red onion jam followed by a salty punch from the bacon and romano cheese. This pizza was so tasty. I tend to favor white pizza’s in general, and this one hit the spot.
Mr. Scratch was next. Visually, the tomatoes were obvious as they should be in a hand crushed sauce. I was not sure if the chilis would be sweet or spicy, and they were on the sweet side. The sausage was flavorful but not overpowering. Green basil leaves were sprinkled throughout adding that fresh flavor punch.
I was very excited to try the ranch dressing, because if it was good I could see myself coming back to eat a salad here often. A salad with a tasty dressing is one of my favorite foods. I am happy to report that the dressing hit the spot. It was flavorful and balanced, with a bit of tang. Exactly what I want in a ranch. The pizza was delicious dipped into it. I savored every bite of crust covered in the creamy sauce.
I also want to add that Old Scratch Pizza was family friendly. High chairs were readily available and we spotted more than a few families enjoying a meal together.
Overall, we truly enjoyed our experience at this local joint. I would love to see them add goat cheese to the menu, as I could eat a white pizza with goat cheese just about any day. I was impressed with the local craft beer selection, but would also desire some hard cider choices. The restaurant was clean, the staff was friendly, the service was fast, and the food was delicious. There really is not much more you can ask for. I highly recommend you stopping to check this place out.