Sydney and I had a blast touring Bada Bing Pizzeria! It is always so amazing to me what goes on, behind the scenes, of restaurants, bakeries, stores, etc. There is so much to think about and plan for. Each individual place of business has its own unique things they have to deal with, that the customer is completely unaware of.
Bada Bing Pizzeria is one of these businesses. Sydney and I got to tour the pizzeria in the morning, before the lunch crowd arrived. The very first thing I noticed upon entering was the wonderful smell of yeast. I can’t begin to describe this delicious aroma. It smelled so good! It just seemed to surround you. It is one of those comfy smells for me that just makes me feel all warm and toasty!
Liz Klang is the owner of Bada Bing Pizzeria. The pizzeria opened in 2012 and Liz has owned it since January of 2016. She was so gracious and kind as she showed us the inner workings of her establishment. She told us that she had no restaurant experience prior to purchasing the pizzeria. Her background was in substitute teaching. Bada Bing Pizzeria is located in downtown Springfield, OH. The address is 40 N Fountain Ave, Springfield, OH.
Liz said that they have a total of 25 employees on the payroll (but not all of them at the same time). The staff is mainly made up of Wittenberg University students and a few high school students. She said on Wednesday nights it is $1.00/slice day and you will find the place full of Wittenberg students. She also told us that you will find local bands here on some Wednesdays and some weekends.
They have even helped out on a few fundraisers for various organizations and mission trips. I love when businesses help out the community. This is one of the reasons Sydney and I love to feature small businesses and small towns on our blog. It is all about helping each other and giving back!
We asked her what their #1 seller is. She said it seems to cycle around, but right now she said that their pepperoni pizza was the main order followed up by the supreme pizza. Their garlic knots are also very popular among the patrons. Liz’s personal favorite is the Greek pizza. It has a pesto garlic butter sauce and is topped with feta cheese, olives, spinach, and artichoke hearts.
She explained that it takes 12-15 minutes from the start of making the pie until it is finished baking. Liz said it only takes about 5-6 minutes to actually bake. Their ovens are set at 450-475 degrees.
Their dough is made in house. They make dough at least 2 times a week. Liz took some dough that was made and ready and demonstrated the dough sheeter. It was so quick! She just dropped the ball of dough into the sheeter and in a snap a large circle of dough came out. It was unreal how quick the sheet of dough appeared!
Liz showed us the 8 ovens they have in their kitchen area. On a busy weekend they will all be full of pizzas. When they do get a little bit of down time, Liz said the college students will mess around with making up new pizza recipes. She said they love doing this!
Each month they have a “Pizza of the Month.” These monthly pizza pies are always $2.00 off the regular price. For the month of February the “Pizza of the Month” is The Rainforest. The ingredients that make up The Rainforest are a ranch base topped with spinach, mushrooms, steak, onions, bananna peppers, green peppers, garlic, and cheddar jack cheese. I don’t know about you, but I am starting to get hungry!
They have a nice size dining room that you can sit in and enjoy your pizza or, weather permitting, you can sit out back in the outdoor patio area. Obviously, being the middle of winter here in Ohio, Sydney and I opted for the cozy dinning room.
For lunch we ordered the #1 best seller – the pepperoni pizza. It was excellent! After we left, we wished we had ordered the garlic knots, duh! Well, this will ensure that we make another trip back!
If you love pizza, this is a must stop if you are ever in the area. Happy eating!