Thursday, December 8, 2011
WASHINGTON TWP., Montgomery County — Dorothy Lane Market’s Washington Square store started serving Naples-style pizza Wednesday from a specialty oven that reaches an interior temperature of 1,100 degrees and can cook a pizza in two minutes or less.
“This is the most exciting thing I’ve been involved with at DLM in the last 10 years,” said Calvin Mayne, whose family owns the three-store grocery chain. Visits to Italy and the success of Naples-style pizza shops in cities such as Seattle convinced Mayne and other DLM officials to try the concept here.
The pizzas come in one size — about 10-11 inches — and cost $9-$12. The Washington Square DLM store started selling the pizzas Wednesday, and the initial response has been very encouraging, Mayne said. “I’ve been surprised at the number of people who know what it is and why it’s special,” he said.
The blazing-hot oven produces a pizza crust that has a charred exterior and chewy interior. The pies cook in 90 to 120 seconds, Mayne said.
Specialty pizzas range from the traditional Neopolitan classic Margherita ($9) with house-made tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, whole basil leaves and extra-virgin olive oil to DLM-created Mushroom Gorgonzola ($12), with wild mushrooms, the Italian blue cheese, goat cheese and black pepper; Brussels & Balsamic ($12), with bacon, Brussels sprouts, fontina cheese and Balsamic vinegar; and “Rocket Ham” ($12), with Prosciutto di Parma, basil leaves, fresh mozzarella and red sauce, topped with dressed arugula leaves after baking.
DLM expanded the seating in its cafe area to accommodate shoppers who want to eat their pizza in the store. The pies also are available for take-out. Mayne recommends refreshing the pies on a preheated pizza stone for a minute or two at home to get a Naples-like experience.
If the pizzas catch on at the Washington Square store, DLM officials may consider adding an oven to other DLM stores.
The Naples-style pizzas are available from 11 a.m. to 8 p .m. seven days a week. For more information or to place an order, call (937) 434-1294.
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MIAMISBURG — The owners of House of Thai restaurant in Beavercreek are scheduled to open their second location on Dec. 18 at 59 Springboro Pike at the corner of Ohio 725 and Ohio 741 across from the Dayton Mall.
The new restaurant will seat about 100, according to Hemant Wiratsorn of West Carrollton, who owns House of Thai with his wife Chuthamat Phornpiriyanon. Wiratsorn said he is considering a third location in the Springboro area.
The Miamisburg restaurant is located in a former El Rancho Grande that closed 11 months ago. Wiratsorn said he was looking to expand to a second location and was approached by the property owner of the Miamisburg location, who also is a customer of the House of Thai’s Beavercreek restaurant at 3230 Seajay Drive at U.S. 35 and North Fairfield Road.
The new Miamisburg location will offer sushi in addition to a full menu of Thai dishes, Wiratsorn said.
The new House of Thai will serve beer and wine. Its hours will be Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. The dinner menu will be served all day on weekends.
For more information, call (937) 938-9437 or check out the House of Thai Facebook page.Tweet