Building a Better Pizza in the Arts District

Just opened: the all new Good Pie

By Rob Kachelriess

The Deets

WHAT: Good Pie

IT’S: An improved, expanded version of an acclaimed Downtown pizzeria 

OPENED: December 1, 2020 

WHO’S BEHIND IT: Proprietor and pizzaiolo Vicent Rotolo  

FUN FACT: Customers are encouraged to bring in their own photo for the “wall of grandmas” that lines one side of the restaurant.  

LOCATION: 1212 South Main Street 

HOURS: Tuesday to Thursday & Sunday | 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

WEBSITE: Place an order for contactless pickup or delivery 

INSTAGRAM: Take a look at fresh, hot pizzas topped with locally sourced ingredients   

A Neighborhood Pizzeria on a Growing Corner

If you thought Vincent Rotolo’s pizza was good at Pawn Plaza, it’s even better in the Arts District. The pizzaiolo just opened his second Good Pie location, which improves on the original in every possible way. The space is engaging and comfortable with a long dining room, custom-designed cocktail bar and a kitchen fully armed with top-of-the line equipment. An homage to Rotolo’s New York roots is seen in the tin ceiling, brick decor and a manhole cover by the front door. Whether sitting in the dining room or ordering from the to-go window by the outdoor patio, Good Pie is the neighborhood pizzeria that will help define the fast-growing Arts District for years to come.  

It’s All About the Dough

Despite the comfortable setting, the real magic happens in the kitchen, which sits in full view of the dining room, allowing Rotolo to keep an eye on customers even when making pies. The chef was particular about sourcing the equipment, which includes a bakery-quality proofer and a stacked oven that can handle large orders if needed. 

Good Pie’s crust is carefully constructed in accordance to time, temperature and humidity — all controlled in strict detail by Rotolo and his team. The dough is fermented for three days, giving it a nutritious, highly digestible quality. The same dough is used for a variety of pizza styles, including Brooklyn, Sicilian and Detroit. Yet the “Grandma” pizza is the masterpiece—a large, rectangular pie with a thin crust and tomato sauce drizzled diagonally over the cheese. Rotolo is also known for his award-winning gluten-free pizza dough. 

Good Pie takes pride in sourcing produce from Nevada and California farms. Other ingredients, including the flour and some of the tomatoes, are imported from Italy. Expect the restaurant to develop and expand its menu over time, which in addition to pizza, currently includes appetizers, salads and Italian-American staples like lasagna.

How About a Cocktail to Go?

As the pandemic continues, Good Pie is limiting access to the dining room while focusing on takeaway orders and serving slices, wine and canned Negroni and Paloma cocktails to customers on the patio. However, the bar program is meant to be fully enjoyed once the dining room is in full operation, with wines served by carafe, house limoncellos (served in flights with seasonal counterparts) and a strong, affordable cocktail lineup with glassware to match. Call Good Pie directly for the latest updates about seating availability.  

The Cost

Salads and appetizers $7 to $11, lasagna $17.95, pizzas $14 to $34, desserts (cannoli or cheesecake) $6.95 and non-alcoholic beverages $1.95 to $3.95. Inquire directly about the latest bar prices.   

The Gist

As the Arts District continues to become a hot destination for locally owned bars, restaurants, coffee houses, shops and art galleries, Good Pie is the pizzeria the neighborhood deserves. It’s notable for not only its New York-inspired charm but also the craft in which the pizza is produced. Enjoy takeaway orders for now and return in the near future once the dining room is able to operate in a greater capacity and establish itself as a social hotspot.

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