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Pittsburgh's award-winning pizza company has found a permanent home in Lawrenceville.
Pittsburgh's award-winning pizza company has found a permanent home in Lawrenceville.
479 backers pledged $44,737 to help bring this project to life.

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Since 2015 we have traveled around Pittsburgh with our mobile, wood-fired oven baking sourdough pizza and bread. Our travels have taken us to coffee shops, breweries, farmer’s markets and private events all over our hometown. In exploring Pittsburgh’s various neighborhoods, we have met new friends, reconnected with old ones, and we've done our part to reintroduce the ancient technique of sourdough baking to a wide audience.

Home sweet tent
Home sweet tent

Driftwood Oven has won awards for our pizza and received both local and national acclaim for the food that we produce. This, we believe, is due to our keen eye to detail and an insatiable appetite for seeking out the best products to feature on our pizza.

Our mozzarella is made from the milk of grass-fed cows at Caputo Brothers Creamery and stretched daily. Our fresh meats are raised humanely at Goodness Grows Farm in Butler, PA. The vegetables atop our pizza are grown by our friends at Who Cooks For You Farm; when the Western PA growing season winds down, we rely on the East End Food Co Op for organic produce.  

The Magic hour at Frankferd Farms
The Magic hour at Frankferd Farms

Most essential to our product is its foundation, the dough. It is made from organic flours that are procured from Frankferd Farms in Saxonburg, PA. We ferment our dough slowly, the old world way, with a sourdough culture. The crust we bake is crispy on the outside and chewy and flavorful on the inside. The fermentation process creates a dynamic depth of flavor, unmatched by any yeast-risen dough. Not merely a vessel for sauce, cheese and toppings, we take pride in going the long-way-round to provide you with a pizza that is rich with flavor, well-crafted, and that is nourishing to your body.

Whole Grain Sourdough Bread
Whole Grain Sourdough Bread

The Next Step

We are excited to announce that after 2+ years of bringing pizza to the people, we have found a permanent home for Driftwood Oven. Beginning in 2018, we will be baking pizza in the heart of Lawrenceville at 3615 Butler Street. We are excited to be a part of this thriving block that features a number of small businesses. This home will allow us to continue producing high quality pizza, while also contributing to the Pittsburgh community.

Keys to the Kingdom
Keys to the Kingdom

Our vision is a pizzeria for all occasions. For the late night crowd seeking a quick slice, to special occasions with family. We want to create a warm, welcoming, vibrant space. Think about your childhood pizza shop. Think about Friday nights past, gathered around a pie with friends and family.
Think about a Driftwood Oven-sponsored little league team!

Your 2023 Little League champs, the Drifters!
Your 2023 Little League champs, the Drifters!

In traveling around Pittsburgh, we have met and served people from all walks of life. Some sought us out, but most stumbled upon us for the first time. However, each and every one have supported us and helped us get to where we are today. It is now our mission to welcome those people into our home. Only this time, our home will have walls ‘n stuff. Beer and wine, too.

What We Need

We are very fortunate that this exciting opportunity has presented itself. Prior to our arrival, the location was home to another restaurant. This left us in a great position as far as the restaurant layout, but still left us without many of the necessary tools to execute our vision for Driftwood Oven.

To transition this space from a restaurant to a proper pizzeria, we will need the following:

• High performance deck oven 

• Walk-in Cooler 

• 60 quart mixer 

• High-capacity Freezer

She's a beaut Clark!
She's a beaut Clark!

This gorgeous piece of equipment will be the cornerstone of our kitchen and responsible for every pizza and loaf of bread that we bake. More than simply a deck oven, this oven is manufactured with every detail in mind that is essential to every baker. Your participation in this campaign will be the reason that every pie that comes out of our kitchen is baked to perfection. You will have a hand in every Driftwood Oven pizza. So brag to your friends when they bite into a slice! For more information on this Montague oven, you can visit their website.

Why Kickstarter?

With our mobile oven, we've already raised nearly all of the funding necessary to turn this dream into a reality. You've been there with us since day one; when we were baking pies in the sweltering heat, as well as the bitter cold. You have watched us grow through both our successes and failures. You have witnessed our dedication, work ethic and our passion. We have shared stories and laughter, along with countless slices of pizza. Without your support over the past two years, we wouldn't find ourselves at the precipice of this amazing opportunity. For all of these reasons, we are turning to you now.

The future looks like this, except with walls.
The future looks like this, except with walls.

Our Rewards

As you can see, this campaign's main reward is pizza. A LOT of PIZZA! It's what we do best, so why change a great thing? We can't wait to serve you these (edible) rewards at 3615 Butler Street. If you are already a fan of Driftwood Oven, maybe this reward is why you find yourself on this Kickstarter page. It is a reward that you have sampled in the past and will continue to enjoy in the future. Can you see into your pizza future? Is there a delicious sourdough pie from Driftwood Oven in your pizza future? Wonderful! All we are asking is that you invest today in your pizza of tomorrow! Easy peasy!

And if you just heard of us, welcome! We can't wait to meet you at 3615 Butler St. or share the non-edible rewards with you by mail!

Your donation today will look like this tomorrow.
Your donation today will look like this tomorrow.

We hope you choose to back this project. We've created rewards so that they can be directly redeemed and enjoyed inside the pizzeria. We can't wait to host you!

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform. If we don't reach our funding goal by the deadline, we receive no funds. Zero. If you want to participate, please do so now. All rewards are validated only when we reach our funding goal. If you are interested in crafting a custom reward, email info@driftwoodoven.com.

Please forward this to your friends, and anyone you think would be interested in bringing this pizzeria to life. To follow the progress of the new space, please like and follow us on Facebook.

For all the pretty picture of our updates and progress, you can follow us on Instagram.

We can't wait to begin baking pizza again and are thrilled to be doing it in Lawrenceville. See you soon at 3615 Butler Street!

Thank you very much and have a wonderful new year!

Neil & Justin

Who We Are

Together, we are Driftwood Oven. A mobile, wood-fired baking company established in Pittsburgh in 2015. Individually, we are Neil Blazin and Justin Vetter. We are two friends who took a chance on our love of sourdough bread and pizza and the love we have for the city of Pittsburgh.

Neil Blazin
Neil Blazin

We have honed our skills throughout our years of experience in the service industry. Serving, bartending, baking and managing have led Justin and Neil to this opportunity to grow a business of their own.

Justin Vetter
Justin Vetter

We met at the esteemed Legume Bistro and quickly became great friends. We have worked together for the past five years, two of those as business owners. We couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to serve the people of Pittsburgh for years to come.

The Team

Adam Milliron and Alex Jones for Photography.

Adam Milliron for our Website.

Eric Davis our business and legal counsel.

Hillary Blazin Rondero for design.

Katie Bowie for our accounting needs.

David Bernabo for  the Kickstarter film.

Press

All Ashore! Driftwood Oven Lands a Permanent Home.

Naturally leavened pizza from Driftwood Oven will open in Lower Lawrenceville

Pittsburgh Magazine's Best Mobile Pizza

City Paper's Reader's Poll Best New Food Truck 2016

City Paper's Reader's Poll Best Food Truck, 3rd Place 2017

Star Chef's Rising Star Baker, Neil Blazin

Risks and challenges

Restaurants face a variety of challenges besides just making food for people. However, between Neil and Justin, they have over 30 years of restaurant and service industry experience. Their careers have prepared them for the logistical, technical, and managerial work that will need to be done for this project to be successful. To help guide their decisions, they have established partnerships with a small business attorney, an accountancy firm, and an insurance group. This core team of people has enabled Driftwood's current success and will allow for future success as well.

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    Magnets!

    A custom, one-of-a-kind, die cut pizza magnet forged in the finest magnet machines available.
    And a thank you on our website.

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    Invest in your Pizza Future

    One 16" pie of your choosing, the magnet, and a thank you on our website!

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    Get a custom designed T-shirt from Justin that is exclusive to this campaign, the custom Magnet, and a thank you on our website.

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    Two 16" pies of your choosing, the Magnet, and a thank you on our website!

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    Kickstarter Exclusive T-shirt

    Get a custom designed T-shirt from Justin that is exclusive to this campaign, one 16" pie of your choosing, the Magnet, and a thank you on our website.

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    Bread Subscription - 6 Weeks

    This is our first Stretch Goal Reward!

    Get one loaf of our naturally-leavened, organic, bread per week for 6 weeks. Our bread is made from 100% organic flour and is slowly fermented just like our pizza dough. With its deep flavor and excellent crust, you'll wish you had two loaves a week!

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    Four 16" pies of your choosing, the Magnet, and a thank you on our website.

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    The Four Pie Bonus

    Get four 16" pies of your choosing and an invite for you and a guest to our Kickstarter Backer Party. Come celebrate our opening and be the first to see the new space.

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    Pizza workshop with Neil Blazin

    Spend the day with sourdough baker Neil Blazin. You will enjoy a hands on experience of the entire pizza making process. Learn all about nurturing a starter culture, the differences in flour, mixing, shaping and of course, baking pizza! Top the day off by eating the pizza you made with your own hands. We'll even send you home with a little sourdough culture of your own.

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    Pizza Workshop with Neil Blazin #2

    Spend the day with sourdough baker Neil Blazin. You will enjoy a hands on experience of the entire pizza making process. Learn all about nurturing a starter culture, the differences in flour, mixing, shaping and of course, baking pizza! Top the day off by eating the pizza you made with your own hands. We'll even send you home with a little sourdough culture of your own.

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    Sourdough Bread Workshop with Neil

    Spend the day with sourdough baker Neil Blazin. You will enjoy a hands on experience of the entire bread making process. Learn all about nurturing a starter culture, the differences in flour, mixing, shaping and of course, baking beautiful hearth loaves! Top the day off by eating bread you made with your own hands. We'll even send you home with a little sourdough culture of your own.
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    Pizza of the Month Club

    Get one 16" pizza of your choosing every month for a whole year, an invitation to our Kickstarter Backer Exclusive party, The limited Edition T-shirt, the Magnet, and a thank you on our website.

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    Driftwood Fanatic

    "The gift that keeps on giving the whole year."
    Get two 16" Pies of your choosing, per month for one year, an invite to our Kickstarter Backer party, the custom T-shirt, the magnet, and a thank you on our website.

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    Pizza Party Happy Hour

    You and 25 guests will have free reign at Driftwood Oven from 4pm - 6pm or 5pm - 7pm. This pizza party happy hour is a great way to entertain friends, host a meeting, reward employees or just hang out!
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    Private Party

    We will bring our mobile wood-fired oven to your house for a private party for you and 70 Guests. Let us bake pizza for you in the comfort of your own space the way we did it in the beginning. An invite to the Kickstarter Backer Party, the custom t-shirt, the Magnet, and a big thank you on our website.
    Party redemption must be within 30 miles of Pittsburgh, date based on availability.

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    Name your own Pizza

    You get to create and name your own pizza that will be featured on our menu for one month! If people love it, we'll keep it on the menu! You also get a member ship to the Pizza of the Month Club, The T-shirt, The Magnet, and a thank you on our website!

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Funding period

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