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“We wanted to bring in someone who truly understands the Neopolitan tradition and who can help us lay a foundation for following that tradition,” Soller said.
Kitchen manager Nate Vance removes a test pizza from the ovens at Old Scratch Pizza on Patterson Boulevard in Dayton. The restaurant is projected to open in October. MARK FISHER/STAFF
The restaurant, directly across South Patterson Boulevard from Grismer Tire near Miami Valley Hospital, will be owned and operated by Soller and his wife Stephanie Soller of Oakwood, who met while both were attending (and later graduating) from the New England Culinary Institute. Soller said the 6,000-square-foot, 125-seat pizzeria and beer hall will have communal seating and a casual, open environment. It will feature a variety of craft beers on tap.
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Eric Soller served as operations manager for Dayton-based Solganik Food Group for six years until 2006, and has managed hotel and catering kitchens in Oregon, Michigan and Colorado.
Soller said Old Scratch Pizza’s location will have ample parking and will benefit from its proximity to downtown Dayton, Miami Valley Hospital and the University of Dayton, including nearby UD Arena.
Old Scratch Pizza will be open for lunch and dinner, and will employ 30 to 40.