Pizza joint amps up entertainment |

Pizza joint amps up entertainment

Greg Marshall, Of the Record staff

The sound of outdoor summer concerts, karaoke and open microphone nights will share the air with the smell of pizza, calzones and pastas this summer at Quarry Village.

Summer shows are tentatively scheduled from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the restaurant with balcony acts, face painting, maybe even a beer garden. Admission will cost a couple bucks with deep discounts for locals.

Paula Wild, who owns the newly renamed New York Pizza Company, NYPC, already offers a crowded entertainment schedule. Matt Wink, Tony Oros and Radius are familiar favorites at the restaurant and karaoke has been a popular recent addition, Wild said.

NYPC, formerly New York Pizza Department, began offering music about a year ago when some of Wild’s Pinebrook neighbors asked to hold a jam session on the balcony. Wild was so impressed with the talent that she invited a few acts to play solo gigs. "We’ve grown into a niche for talent and entertainment," she said. "People don’t expect to have entertainment with pizza."

The first Tuesday of every month the restaurant hosts an open microphone night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sometimes people wait up to 20 minutes to play. "We’re all neighbors, so it doesn’t make any difference whether you’re good or bad" although most of the acts are impressive, Wild said. "Good enough to be on American Idol."

NYPC will launch its new menu and logo on Friday, April 10. Some dishes have been added, and others renamed with Summit County nomenclature. Customers may recognize McConkey’s Chicken Salad, the Carpenter Express Chef Salad and the White Pine Wedding Soup, among others. The revamped logo pictures the Statue of Liberty holding a pizza instead of a Bible. The image will soon replace signs that parody the New York Police Department’s crest.