1970s-Style Pizzeria, Scarr’s Pizza, Debuts this Weekend at 22 Orchard Street

Posted on: February 10th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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​In just a few days’ time, lower Orchard Street will welcome its first new pizzeria.

Scarr’s Pizza, whose signage has been teasing for more than six months, plans to open by next Tuesday at the latest. This, according to eponymous proprietor Scarr Pimentiel. As promised, the eatery effectively revives (and replicates) that classic 1970s pizza parlor vibe. Down to the Pepsi-branded letter board, spray fountains (with coconut water), and wood paneling.

Take a look around. We’re told that the booth seating in the back and the stained-glass lights were grabbed from a failed bowling alley nearby. There is also a luncheonette counter – complete with stools, Formica bar, and two taps (beer-wine license is on the way).

Scarr’s Pizza will reportedly mill its own flour and tomatoes (harvested from Gotham Green) onsite. “Everything is natural and nothing canned,” Pimentiel notes. Expect to cough up $3 for a plain slice and upwards of $20 for a pie of same. That places Scarr’s on the higher end of the pizza spectrum. There will also be a vegan Caesar salad and Gino’s ices.

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Proper launch date had been at the mercy of the city, with several false starts since we broke news of the arrival last summer. Indeed, the last opening promised was around Halloween time. Then there was the issue with unauthorized plumbing work in the basement that reportedly disrupted the gas lines to 22 Orchard. The mishap ultimately forced neighbor Fung Tu into “electric kitchen” cooking for two months, with a “no gas menu.” It’s all back to normal now.

Well, the final hurdle – that of Con Edison gas activation – was finally cleared a couple weeks ago. Scarr’s should open as early as Saturday, but Tuesday the latest.

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There’s been lots of positive chatter surrounding Scarr’s Pizza of late, as there’s a noticeable drought of quality pizza-by-the-slice in the vicinity.

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