Creativity on the menu at new pizzeria
Creemore Pizza Co. is now open.
People attending local events over the last few months may have had the opportunity to try the mini doughnuts made by Lori Judzinski. She has now opened her Francis Street pizzeria with a full menu, and yes, the doughnuts are included.
Judzinski said she likes the idea of hosting the community at her new establishment, which she has decorated with meaningful found treasures, including old tailgates, signs, and hubcaps, creating a sense of nostalgia. (And she has added a few skulls because she really likes skulls).
Booths provide a comfy place to wait for orders and there are a few tables for those who wish to eat-in.
Judzinski spent a decade as owner of Muskoka’s Munchies, serving the Key to Bala concert crowds and working at the local pub in the off-season. That’s where she met Debbie Bradey, who is head chef. Together they are creating a pizza menu that will include the classics and some imaginative combinations. The build-your-own approach will ensure that people can select from their favourite toppings but there will also be daily specials and other offerings, ranging from breakfast pizza to dessert pizza. Slices, wraps, salads and sides are also on the menu.
“You never know what’s going to be coming out of my kitchen,” said Judzinski.
In March, she attended a five-day pizza conference in Las Vegas and learned all about the many different techniques. Her take-aways were consistency and good quality ingredients. She is starting with a traditional Italian dough, which gets her up early in the morning to prepare. Gluten-free options are available and she is experimenting with sourdough, which can also be an option for people with gluten sensitivity. Traditional sauce, and white pizzas, will be available, finished with spices and a heart healthy olive oil.
Judzinski said she is also taking advantage of many superb area food suppliers for toppings and sides, keeping everything fresh and as local as possible. She even has a little gardens outside of the store to grow herbs, tomatoes and other ingredients.
The goal is to offer excellent pizza at reasonable prices, in a welcoming environment.
Judzinski moved to Creemore in 2013 and worked next door at MS Design with Marcy Stewart.
“I loved it here,” she said. “I have always been drawn to small towns.” She was happy for the opportunity to get into business for herself, getting back to her hospitality roots.
The official grand opening will be on August 1. Watch for details on Facebook, Creemore Pizza Co. @onfrancisst and on Instagram.
Creemore Pizza Co., located at 5 Francis St. E. Unit B, is open seven days per week, from 11 a.m. and is open late on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 705-466-5500 to place an order.