Scott Rivera, Scottie’s Pizza Parlor in Portland, Oregon on The Hot Slice Podcast
This week on The Hot Slice Podcast, we catch up with Scott Rivera, owner of Scottie’s Pizza Parlor in Portland, Oregon. We last visited Scottie’s in 2018 to profile the hot Portland pizzeria as an On the Road Feature. In the feature, he shares, “I think a lot of New Yorkers and people from the East Coast can relate to not finding good pizza when they move away,” Rivera says, adding that people question the water, the flour, etc. “So I decided to learn how to make pizza myself the way that I thought was good. I very quickly learned that it was not as easy as I thought it would be, and (I) started to use cookbooks and whatever I had, whatever tools I had (like) cookie sheets and made some really, really bad pizza. I think because it turned out to be so hard, I kept wanting to get really good at it. I was like ‘How can this be so hard? It’s just a pizza. There are three things you have to get right. It’s just dough, sauce and cheese.’”
In the article, he also shared that slices were his shop’s bread and butter but that has changed. He spent much of the pandemic and after dialing in his pizza and operational systems. After much exploration, he decided to open a second pizzeria. We go in-depth into his process and what it took to make the new location happen happen.
If you are a pizza dough geek, this episode is for you. Scottie details his pizza dough exploration and talks sourdough.
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