Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dewey's Pizza @ Austin Landing

Mr. FvF and I were lucky enough to be invited to the pre-opening friends & family event at the new Dewey's Pizza at Austin Landing. For you suburbanites that tend not to venture too close to downtown Dayton - I can sum Dewey's up pretty easily by just telling you it's killer pizza. Perfectly chewy crust from a Hades-hot brick oven, high quality (and several locally sourced) toppings, a few calzones and a handful of good salads. They keep the focus where it should be - on the pies. With some quirky names (like the Dr. Dre) and nicely profiled flavor combination, even the pickiest eaters would be hard pressed not to find something they love. While Dewey's pies appeal to people like me who would order something way of the pizza map like their seasonal Porky Fig (fig jam sauce, prosciutto and gorgonzola) - you can also pacify the less adventurous 'za eaters with the X-Pepperoni or just build your own.

I can get pretty wonky when it comes to pizza toppings, but the mister likes to keep it basic. Their special was The Don - all of the good Italian meats and plenty of cheese. We did that one half, and on the other half, the Meatball (pretty self-explanatory).

One of the things I love is that they're not dicks about doing half & half pies, as long as the sauce base is the same. So, if you have wildly different taste than your dining partner, no sweat. Both sides tasted amazing, but I stopped just short of hating myself...or so I thought. Did you guys even know Dewey's had dessert? I'm betting a lot of people don't, because who can suffer dessert after eating their pizza?

Well, when I joked with our server (who was rad, by the way - knew the menu AND the beers) that I hadn't eaten enough to be ashamed of myself, he mentioned that they had a pumpkin cake from Ele in West Carrollton. In chatting with their regional manager Eric and getting a tour of the kitchen, turns out Dewey's locally sources desserts in every market. Here are a bunch of other things I didn't know...

  • Can't recall the name of the maker, but Dewey's sausage is made by a Cincy-area purveyor and can only be found on their pies.
  • While the dough is fresh, it's aged 2-3 days, which gives it the chewiness that their customers love.
  • Their current stores are in the major Ohio markets, and St. Louis. Never would have guessed, but apparently Dewey has family there.
  • Dewey is a real guy! 
  • In all of their markets, beers are also locally sourced and some are exclusive to their restaurants.
  • An eatery after my own heart - they love wine so much, they made their own. I didn't get to try this because I was busy sampling beers and turning into Violet Beauregarde, but it's on my to-do list. 
  • There's a good chance they're working on a gluten-free pizza dough. According to the head honchos, they won't put anything on their menu that they don't love themselves, so I'm guessing it will be more than passable.
  • Those dudes in the kitchen can spin some serious dough. 

If you like pizza and you haven't been there, stop making excuses and go fill your gullets with Dewey's. I feel like I've given you more than enough reasons. Go, already! 


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