Scarr’s Pizza: Bad Old Days, Good Old Pizza

Posted on: February 26th, 2016 at 9:25 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

This is a devotional to pizza never before successfully sung

When I walked into Scarr’s Pizza, I wanted to yell “Do You Even Pizza?” like the millennial that appear to be. The space identically mirrors every single slice moment of my childhood growing up in the Tri-State Area. The taste blows all pizza in a one-mile radius off the map. No one’s going to even come close to this level of attention and care to what is typically either a $1 piece of shit that you covered in hot sauce and ate en route to the subway, or a $20 Opus Magnum covered in so much expensive charcuterie that it’s aspirational. But before you aspirate on a huge chunk of lardo from that DOC prosciutto, take a stroll down Orchard Street to sit in this time capsule for a moment.

Uniquely appointed in the classical New Jersey and Staten Island wood paneling style, with brick orange vinyl stools, you feel like maybe you just finished playing soccer or drove up with your friends for that (at the time)$.75 cent fix of perfect, actual Italian tasting excellence. At Scarr’s, the actual pizza is much more high-brow than that, but with good reason: quality is important here.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Danielle Guercio

As a pizzeria, you can use suppliers that are of high quality or of no quality at all. However, at Scarr’s they don’t even use suppliers. Tomatoes are freshly processed into sauce, flour is milled in the basement, and the result is a rustic flavor to the dough. It still gets an excellent crust, whether Margherita or Sicilian. The prices are not exorbitant, nor are they cheap. I find them to be on-par with what you’re putting in your mouth. There’s no minimum card fees, which is a little thing that can be so convenient to the customer. Coffee, beer, and soda are the beverages, and it’s all so simple that it’s perfect.

The ultimate pizza test is not only having a slice from a slice joint at a slice joint, but taking one home to eat later.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Danielle Guercio

Scarr’s passed this test with flying colors, the Sicilian held up in crunch-to-chew ratio and the cheese and sauce remained it’s perfect balance. The slice didn’t cause any late night agita like some neighborhood spots. The menu is very stripped down; just know that Scarr’s unique flavor of pizza is definitely going to become a trend.

Taking cue from Italian antipasti: Scarr’s offers a white pie with marinated mozzarella. Any human who has been to a gathering in New York has seen the delightful ovoline on appetizer table, smothered in olive oil and Italian herbs. This take on a white pie is flavorful and bright without being acidic or spicy, nothing other than savory goodness.

As the southern segment of Orchard Street experiences extreme gentrification – ceaseless for almost a decade – someplace like Scarr’s is refreshing. It’s an authentic nod to true, classic, New York Pizza. Not a made-up or campy imitation.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Danielle Guercio

The goal is delicious pizza and nothing further, one of the purest pursuits a restaurateur can explore. Not pompous at all, it’s kitsch isn’t even trendy. It’s so spot-on for classic ‘70s decor that it’s alarming.

Do yourself a favor and go to Scarr’s, you won’t be disappointed in the quality of the pizza and the mood set by the surroundings. When walking toward the back room, I half-expected to see someone’s grumpy uncle watching a football game on the RAI, It’s that real.

Scarr’s Pizza is located at 22 Orchard Street ; its hours are Tuesday – Saturday: 11AM – 11 PM, Sunday: 11AM – 10PM, Closed Monday (212) 334-3481

Recent Stories

New Condos Teased at 15-Story ‘One Essex Crossing’

Each month brings more significant updates for Essex Crossing. On the heels of the International Center of Photography launching its new flagship, the billion-dollar Lower East Side development this week rolled out more info about the CetraRuddy-designed condo tower at 202 Broome Street (aka Site 3). Dubbed One Essex Crossing, the fifteen-story newcomer features 83 […]

Broome Street Gets an Exclusive Nightclub by Omar Hernandez

Where Happy Ending once tormented this Broome Street block, and Better Days was anything but, something uber-upscale is now replacement. Perhaps even too upscale for its own good. By now you’ve probably seen the well-placed hype pieces about the newest nightclub at 302 Broome Street, led by nightlife impresario Omar Hernandez. He converted the space […]

Ten Injured, Including Firefighters, in Massive Mulberry Street Blaze Last Night [Updated]

The three-alarm blaze that engulfed 70 Mulberry Street last night spread quickly, destroying the upper levels of the historic Public School 23. The fire started shortly after 8:45pm on the fourth floor. Firefighters from Ladder 20 and police from the 5th Precinct were the first responders. More than two hundred fire personnel ultimately arrived to […]

3-Alarm Fire Engulfs PS 23 Building on Mulberry Street

Shortly before 9pm this evening, a three-alarm fire was sparked at 70 Mulberry Street (at Bayard). Within minutes, the historic building – erected in the nineteen century as Public School 23 – was in flames. More than one hundred firefighters were called to the scene to battle the blaze which is apparently confined to the […]

The Year of the Rat Scurries In

It’s the Year of the Rat! This week marks the 21st year of New York City’s Lunar New Year celebration, and no doubt the organizers are scurrying around in preparation for a veritable smorgasbord of festivities. As in years past, the festivities will kick off with the explosive Firecracker Ceremony Saturday morning at 11:00am (January 25) […]