800 Degrees of Preparation at Northwest Pizzeria

According to news-sentinel.com, “A new pizzeria is about to open northwest, but this isn’t your average pizza joint.”

“800 Degrees will specialize in pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven imported from Tuscany, Italy. The restaurant also will import special flour and cans of tomatoes from Italy. Matt Rogers, formerly a sous chef at Joseph Decuis, is general manager of 800 Degrees, a family-owned, independent restaurant at 10020 Lima Road, near the southeast corner of Lima and Dupont Roads. The oven heats up to between 800 and 1,000 degrees, hence the name of the restaurant, Rogers explained. With that heat, it takes only about 2 minutes for a pizza to bake. The result is a thin crust with just a bit of charring. The pizzas are sold in a 12-inch size, which is ideal for the size of the oven, he said. One side of the restaurant is ‘fast casual,’ meaning customers order at a counter and get their own drinks, then sit down at a table and wait for their order to be delivered.”

“Carry-out service will be available, but orders can’t be called in ahead because the pizzas cook so fast.The other side is a pub, with table service and alcoholic drinks available. Dough will be made by hand every day, but Rogers goes beyond that, even making sausage in-house. Aside from products imported from Italy, the restaurant will try to buy other ingredients from local farmers. The restaurant is expected to open Friday or Saturday. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; and noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Phone: 490-011,” the story said.