A New Jersey-based restaurant specializing in Detroit-style pizza has opened in Fort Lauderdale, bringing its famous duck ramen, crab fries, and ricotta pie to South Florida.
The company opened its first location in Bloomfield, New Jersey in August 2020 and quickly became one of New Jersey's Best Pizzerias by February 2021.
With a noticeable need for something like Blue Steel Pizza Company down South, partners Brian Costello and Lou Narvaez decided to open its second location in Fort Lauderdale where Gatsby's Joint once operated. The new location will be almost identical to its New Jersey location, but will not have its signature speakeasy, Rabbit Hole.
Billing itself as an American restaurant specializing in Detroit-style pizza, Blue Steel Pizza Company’s second location will offer guests a weekly-changing menu that will feature seasonally-inspired craft cocktails and elevated bites.
The new location's menu, designed by executive chef Lawrence Talis, will highlight a handful of signature bites found at the flagship location, such as the "Crispy Cola Wings," "Ricotta N' Sausage" and "Stuffed Mushroom" pizzas, as well as "Duck Ramen," but will also include an array of new additions exclusive to the Fort Lauderdale location such as "The Hawaiian" pizza, "Tuna Tostada," and "Blue Crab Fries."
"When we decided to create our version of Detroit Style pizza, we did it with only one thing in mind, and that was to make a great product, with fresh ingredients, creative combinations, and most importantly, do it every day with passion," Costello tells News Break.
Growing up in New Jersey, New York-style pizza was a part of life for Costello, who learned to make pizza at a young age. Although he's always had respect for different styles — be it Neopolitan, Roman, Sicilian, or Chicago — his favorite was always Detroit.
When the world shut down March 16, 2020, restaurant owners like Costello had a lot of time on their hands to contemplate the future, he says.
"One of my biggest decisions was to dive into a project that chef Lawrence and I had been talking about for some time, creating our own version of Detroit-style pizza with our own backgrounds and styles built into it," adds Costello, who went into dough creation mode reading books, watching videos, and studying techniques by guys like Shawn Randazzo, Peter Reinhardt, John Arena, as well as many local favorites and went into experiment mode.
"What we came up with was a dough with a great flavor profile, great strength to hold our different toppings, with a light airy texture. It is a tedious and long process and shortcuts can not be taken, that finish with a multi-day bulk cold fermentation process. The results are something we are very proud of and look forward to introducing our Detroit pizza to many new customers every day," he sums up.
Blue Steel Pizza. 2460 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-716-6875; open Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 11 p.m., Thursday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Friday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from noon to 1 a.m., and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.bluesteelpizzaftl.com.