Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

All Ashore! Driftwood Oven Lands A Permanent Home

The popular mobile pizza operation settles down in Lawrenceville this winter.




Photo by hal b. klein

 

For the past two years, Neil Blazin and Justin Vetter have trucked Driftwood Oven, their wood-fired pizza business, around town to breweries, coffee shops and special events to serve their naturally leavened pizza. Now, they’re ready to settle down.

“We just got the keys the other day. The timing is right,” says Blazin, the operations’s head baker.

Fans of Driftwood Oven pizza — count me, enthusiastically, among them — should prepare themselves for a shift in pizza styles. The pizza at Driftwood will be cooked in a gas oven, which fires at a significantly lower temperature than a wood-fired one. So although the dough still will begin with Blazin’s signature sourdough base, he and Vetter are going to serve “Grandma” style square pies and 16-inch, gas-oven style round pies. Everything will be available by the slice.

Driftwood also will serve traditional pizza-house accompaniments such as garlic knots and housemade salads, as well as desserts. Other than that, don’t expect a lot of frills.

“We enjoy the simplicity of Driftwood Oven and want to maintain the feel of that. We plan to be more a pizzeria than a full-service restaurant,” Blazin says.

Sounds good to me.

Expect a soft-opening for Driftwood Oven’s Lower Lawrenceville brick-and-mortar location in mid-January, with a full opening following once its liquor license is approved.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Is Stephen King Really a Yinzer at Heart?

A tweet by the acclaimed author had fans of Pittsburghese buzzing.

Ton Pottery Back in Business

The ceramics teaching studio has moved from Lawrenceville to a bigger space in Millvale.

Making His Mark in Pittsburgh Restaurants

Mark F. Flaherty, one of the nation’s most prominent liquor lawyers, is passionate about Pittsburgh restaurants.

The Mister Rogers Documentary Has Debuted at Sundance

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” takes viewers beyond the cardigan collection and into “the heart of a creative genius.”

The Original Score from “Jaws” on Vinyl? Yeah, We Got That

Vinyl Remains in Dormont is not interested in offering an endless variety of records, but what you will discover are rarities, classics and hard-to-find curiosities.

Pittsburgh MultiStories: Pittsburgh's Oldest Surviving Skyscraper

The 15-story Park Building and the 14-story Carnegie building went up in the the late 1800s just a block away from each other Downtown. Today, only the Park Building still stands.

Fitness You'll be Feeling in the Morning

IM=X Pilates and Fitness combines exercise science and tradition for a full-body workout.

Music, Love & Crystals Make Up New Bridal Accessory Line by Local Designer

A local business owner has launched a new collection of bridal accessories featuring her own personal touch.

The Battle of The Hollywood

Dormont's historic Hollywood Theater faces an uncertain future after news of a potential sale prompted an immediate public furor.

Three Rivers Champion: Cecile Springer

A self-proclaimed “loudmouth,” Springer says her favorite part of volunteering is meeting other people and persuading them to do what she wants them to do.

Phantom Thread Is, Somehow, Both Unpleasant and Lovely

Reviews of "Phantom Thread," "Call Me By Your Name," "Den of Thieves" and new animated releases, plus local movie news and notes.

Nominate the Best! Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 Readers' Poll

What is Pittsburgh's best breakfast joint? Dive bar? Yoga studio? Local singer? Meteorologist? It's time to nominate your local favorites in multiple categories.

Amazon Includes Pittsburgh in its Top-20 List for HQ2

The list of 20 was narrowed from 238 proposals Amazon received in October. So which other cities made the cut?

Restaurant Review: or, The Whale

The Downtown restaurant is a captivating, if costly, catch.

Celebrating 5 Pittsburghers Who Built Careers Behind the Bar

Pittsburgh is a city that celebrates its neighborhood bars. In some of those spots, second- and third-generation regulars are pulling up their stools to be served by someone who started pouring drinks decades ago.