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And by today, we mean in approximately 10 minutes.
The new pizza place is officially opening for business today in the former All-Purpose Pizza spot at 29th and Jackson. Owners Eric Elllsworth, Ellie Rose, and Steve Scalfati unofficially opened the restaurant this weekend, and even with zero advertising they packed the house. They even ran out of dough.
Pizza chef Ivan Garnica will be making inventive, thin-crust pies like the Porter Pie, with figs, gorgonzola, prosciutto, and mozzarella, and the Spicy Meatball, with cherry peppers, housemade meatballs, green peppers, onions, mozzarella, and red sauce. A slew of tasty-sounding sandwiches (with bread from Golden Wheat Bakery), pasta, and vegetarian pizzas also grace the menu. Gluten-free dough is an option. Standard Brewing beer will eventually appear on tap, and delivery will soon be an option.
The team completely redid the space after All-Purpose Pizza vacated. They renovated, moving the kitchen back for more floor space in the main restaurant and they added a bar. The booth tables and the bar are reclaimed from an old Lakeside High School basketball court, and more reclaimed wood was sourced from Earthwise Architectural Salvage.
The owners are excited for their opening, though they also look like they could use some rest — they’ve been working tirelessly since April to open the space. Open hours will be from Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
For updates, check the Central Pizza Facebook page. Here are some snapshots of the menu: