Small Pizza from Depraved Mushroom in Scranton, PA.

Pizzeria Born Out of Pandemic Has Small Footprint and Sensible Technique

Depraved Mushroom is a more moderen pizzeria in Scranton that I’ve been receiving a excessive quantity of phrase of mouth suggestions about for the higher a part of a 12 months or so.  It is a small, takeout solely pizzeria at the moment with restricted hours, so it took me a while to get there so the suggestions from individuals not solely persevered, however grew louder over time.  This was fascinating to me as a result of Depraved Mushroom has no social media presence and doesn’t promote (to my information).  It left me questioning, how might a brand new pizzeria with restricted public outreach have such a powerful “underground” or “grassroots” following?

Depraved Mushroom Pizza is situated subsequent to Gerrity’s and Frutas Locas on Meadow Avenue in Scranton.

Depraved Mushroom is tucked away in the identical parking zone as Gerrity’s Grocery store on Meadow Avenue in the identical constructing as Frutas Locas.  It’s kind of tucked away, however straightforward to get to only off interstate 81.  From what I am informed, and what I noticed, this pizzeria is a one man present which is open solely on weekdays and closed on weekends (at current).  The menu could be very easy – you’ll be able to select from a small or massive pizza, and a alternative of pepperoni, onion, mushroom, or additional cheese for toppings.  

Try the hypnotizing sauce swirl on the Depraved Mushroom Pizza.

I ordered a small 10″ cheese pizza which comes customary with the sauce swirl on high.  The crust seemed to be coated in semolina and was cooked to a pleasant golden brown perfection.  The fiercely vibrant purple sauce swirl was mesmerizing on high – a easy and wealthy textured sauce which wound it is approach across the properly cooked yellow cheese.  I took my first chunk and was instantly greeted by the intensely candy sauce with some complicated undertones – I even detected a touch of smokiness within the taste profile which made all of it that extra fascinating.  I all the time say I am not an enormous candy sauce fan, however I might positively see why individuals love this explicit sauce.  The cheese, I presume was cheddar, or a mix that included cheddar however I could not make certain.  The crust was tender, flavorful, gentle, and never all that crispy, however crispy sufficient.  General, it was a really fascinating, distinctive, and definitely scrumptious pizza that was properly executed.

Golden brown crust on Depraved Mushroom Pizza in Scranton.

When it comes to beginning a brand new enterprise throughout a pandemic, I discover this straightforward but elegant method to menu building, overhead, and scheduling to be good!  In unsure occasions with provide chain points, labor shortages, and unknown variables associated to the pandemic I believe this (presumably) low overhead, simplified operation with phrase of mouth promoting and an inexpensive, distinctive, high quality product that matches a rising, but largely unmet demand for candy sauce pizza within the Scranton and better Lackawanna County market.  Candy sauce pizza typically was only a Dunmore and Luzerne County factor (with some exceptions, in fact), however Lackawanna County has a rising thirst for sugary sauces on their pizza.  

Depraved Mushroom’s menu as of September 2021. Please consult with WM’s web site for present menu.

I will additionally add that just one individual making the pizza permits for excessive high quality management and a constant product.  Each Depraved Mushroom pizza image that individuals have despatched to me has seemed the identical.  Identical form, similar swirl, and baked the identical approach each time.  Persistently high quality product retains individuals coming again.

It is unbelievable the kind of following this distinctive little pizzeria has gained in such a brief period of time, however after attempting the pizza, experiencing the good technique first-hand, and listening to the thrill from my readers it actually is not all that stunning in hindsight.  Nice thought, good timing, good execution.  Nicely carried out Depraved Mushroom.

The Scores

Restaurant: Depraved Mushroom

Location: 316 Meadow Ave Unit #3, Scranton, PA 18505
Date: September 2021
Eat In/Take Out: Take Out

Pizza Ordered: Small Spherical Pizza
Value: $6.55
Crust: 7.4
Sauce: 7.3
Cheese: 7.3
General Style: 7.4

Crispy/Cooked Correctly: 7.4
General Worth: 7.5



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