Long story short: I just love pizza!
SCOTTIE'S PIZZA STORY
Hi! I'm Scottie. I was born in Brooklyn, where you can get a decent slice of pizza on nearly every street corner. When I was a kid my mom and I moved to New Mexico, and the thing I missed most about New York (other than my dad) was the pizza. My first job was at age 14 at my neighborhood's Italian restaurant called Luigi's, where Luigi Napolitano himself taught me the ways of the dough. Long after working at Luigi's, and frustrated with the scarcity of good pizza options in Albuquerque, I decided to learn how to make pizza myself.
In 2010 my wife Amy and I moved to New Haven, Connecticut, the unsung historic pizza capital of the US. Being back on the east coast reignited my passion for pizza, and I got a gig making wood-fired pizzas for volunteers on an urban farm. We moved out here in 2012 when Amy was accepted to a PhD program at Portland State, and before I knew it I was splitting my time between Handsome Pizza and the freshly opened East Glisan Pizza Lounge. I knew by then that I wanted to open my own pizzeria, so I started writing a business plan, and... I suppose the rest is history!
The pizza my coworkers and I make today is the culmination of thousands of hours of research, experimentation, formula-tweaking, and note-taking, and all of us at Scottie's are still constantly chasing that perfect slice.
That's me in 2010 in our tiny New Haven apartment making the biggest pizzas that would fit in our tiny little oven!
PIZZA WITH INTEGRITY
A labor of love
Pizza originated as the food of the people. A simple meal of fresh baked bread topped with seasonal ingredients, a slice would cost a fraction of a cent on the streets of Naples. Hundreds of years after its inception, pizza is without a doubt one of the most popular foods in the world.
Our intention is to make delicious, well-crafted pizza affordable to all, while ensuring that those who work to put food on your plate can still afford to feed themselves and their families. This is why all our workers earn living wages and benefits, and why we have a Pay It Forward system that ensures no one leaves here hungry. As a Sanctuary Restaurant, we strive to maintain a safe and respectful environment where there's a place at the table for everyone.
We also just love to toss pies, listen to music, and nerd out about pizza, teenage mutant ninja turtles, star wars, etc.
Scottie's Pizza Parlor is a place where anyone is welcome to grab a slice, have a beer, play some pacman, jam out with us under our disco ball, bring the family, crush a whole pie by yourself, or just hang out at the counter and watch the pizzamaking action!
See you at the pizza party!