Towering white pillars
lead the way to unique dining in a colonial setting, filled with
the aroma of pizza sauce. The house implies fine dining. But
no black ties here, just a casual feast for pizza lovers. Dick's
Pizza, located in Sciotoville, Ohio, has been open since April 1998
and serves an original recipe pizza that melts in your mouth.
The elegant colonial house-restaurant resembles a southern
mansion and is a dream come true for owners Dick and /Connie Eckhart. The
Eckharts believe the house was built prior to 1835 because of a receipt
found when the renovation started. It was called Wolfords Landing
because they used to come up a little creek beside the property and
off load iron ore. There is still a campground by that name
next to the restaurant.
The house was then handed down to descendants of the Wolford
family. Two spinster
sisters named Josie and Edna Brown lived in the house with their
brother Charlie Brown.
Charlie was not well and knew he would be passing on soon. He
asked a friend if he would watch after the two ladies and promised
if he would, someday he would be rewarded. Josie Brown was
the last of the sisters to pass away and when she died, the man who
had looked after them inherited all the property including the campground
next door. He lived in the house for 35 years, when he became
too ill to live alone. The house was then put on the market. That's
when the Eckharts found it and restored it as a unique restaurant.
The Eckharts took up five layers of flooring to get down
to the original floor and then refinished it. In the middle
of the house there is a little room off the side with only one table,
christened "The Nook". A favorite of couples for
a special celebration. The house also boasts two fireplaces,
uncovered during renovation, and stripped down to their original
brick. They burn now with gas logs instead of wood.
Dick makes his pizza dough daily and his pizza sauce is his
own original recipe with three specialty choice toppings, barbecued
chicken, BLT and tantalizing Hawaiian (a mix of maraschino cherries,
pineapple, ham and coconut)-- that make choosing hard. The
house specialty, Mom's Sweet Relish Kraut, is also worth a taste.
Regulars call Dick's brand of pizza gourmet, and the atmosphere
fits the bill. Enjoy dining indoors amidst antiques that adorn
the shelves and walls, or if weather permits, have a pizza picnic
feast outside at a picnic table by the river listening to live entertainment
while the kids swing on tire swings that adorn the trees.
Dick's Pizza is reasonably priced so you can feed the
family for under $20.00.
Located at 6977 Front Street(off St. Rte. 52 next to Wolfords
Campground Landing) Sciotoville, OH 740-776-6231. Open 10a.m.
-10p.m. Closed Mon. Handicapped accessible.