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Bits & Pizzas Opening New Dexter Location in 2013

The restaurant will serve authentic New York and Neapolitan-style pizza, as well as Mexican food and other world cuisine dishes.

In a community with no shortage of pizza restaurants, a new player is entering the game in January 2013.

Robert and Mindy D’Oria of Dexter are currently in the process of renovating the old art gallery at 8099 Main St. into their dream pizza tavern and restaurant.

"We're certainly excited to be opening right in downtown Dexter," Robert D'Oria said. "It’s a great location and we like the building and the fact that it has an upstairs."

Bits & Pizzas, as its called, marks the eighth pizza restaurant around the Dexter community. That fact, however, does not concern the D'Orias.

"Growing up in New Jersey, I had a different experience with pizza. When I moved to Michigan, I was horrified with the quality of ingredients. Out of survival, I learned how to make a New York-style pizza, which is what Bits & Pizzas will be known for in Dexter.

New York-style pizza originated in New York City in the early 1900s. It is known for its large, wide, thin and foldable shape. The pizza is traditionally hand-tossed, light on sauce and cheese, and cooked in a wood-fired oven.

In addition to pizza, the restaurant will offer a selection of hot and cold plates inspired by Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean and other cultures crafted by Mindy, a culinary student at Washtenaw Community College.

"The restaurant is going to be fine dining meets casual takeout," D'Oria said. "We'll certainly have the pizzas that people know and love, but we'll also offer more varities that you don't typically see.

"Our stated objective is to be the best pizza place in Michigan."

To that end, the building is being extensively altered, with walls, trees and other major property features being removed to make room to seat more than 100 customers and an outdoor dining area.

The basement area will also be used for a separate street-side entrance and bar expansion in the future, although for now the focus is on a family-friendly ground level dine-in restaurant, where patrons will be able to watch the kitchen staff prepare pizzas while they eat.

Initially Bits and Pizzas will be open from 4 to 11 p.m. and will not offer delivery, instead opening for dinner only. As the business grows, it will include a lunch buffet and expand its catering and delivery options.

"We have been doing a lot of research to determine when foot traffic is the heaviest," Robert said. "The and the summer events in town bring in a lot of people, so we'll probably be open later on Fridays if there is something going on."

Robert said the new business is expected to bring about 20 jobs to the community.

"Our four children attend Dexter Community Schools, so we have a good pipeline of folks who we plan to hire," he said.

For more information about Bits & Pizzas, visit http://bitsandpizzas.com/

YayDexter August 06, 2012 at 02:35 PM
It sounds nice, but probably on the pricey side for families. Even with ALL the pizza places in Dexter, when my family and I aren't making our own (it's inexpensive and a great time to have fun and be creative with the kids in the kitchen), we make the trip to A2 or Pinckney for Little Ceasar's. A large $5 pizza (of which we personally think tastes just fine) is perfect for us!
Marilyn Wilkie August 06, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Another pricey place in or Little Town. That just shows how much the town has changed demographically in the last 25 years I guess. I left my comments on the Patch.
paula cattell August 06, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Sounds Great !!!!!! Best of luck !!!!!!!! The Cattell Family
Rob D'Oria August 06, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Marilyn, I don't recall stating or Daniel reporting that our place was going to be pricey, so I'm not sure what you base that assertion on. ...and my wife and I saw your "comments" on the "No Thai" article on this website and let's just say we were offended. We're taking great care and pride in preserving the history of 8099 Main while providing a dining experience that caters to all demographics in town and neighboring communities. I guess we're not going to apologize to you or anyone else for making a significant investment in the community we've grown to love since moving here a couple years ago...it wasn't clear in the story, but we live in Dexter too and are apparently counted among the undesirables that you repeatedly refer to when talking about "changing demographics". What really rubs me the wrong way is you've drawn all kinds of conclusions about us and who we are and what we represent without knowing us...and ironically, in the process, making it very clear who you are and what you represent.
Rob D'Oria August 06, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Hi Paula, Thank you for the warm welcome! The D'Oria Family
christie August 06, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Sounds great! Good Luck!!
Erin Paup August 06, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Congratulations on the beautiful building and the business! As a self proclaimed "foodie" I can't wait to have a real slice of pizza!
YayDexter August 06, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Happy to give it a try!
paula cattell August 06, 2012 at 07:42 PM
We should always welcome change...It shows we have room to grow.Dexter is a wonderful town to raise a family and it is great to see the downtown store fronts filling up.Look at Chelsea and what a great job that town has done, it is very charming and has great food.Let's go DEXTER !!!!!!!
Marilyn Wilkie August 06, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Rob, the original quotes from you mentioned "tapas" and "small Plates". Those terms to me = pricey. Even been to Small Plates in Detroit? Godd food but very little of it and pricey. My comments about Loreen's were in reply to someone who said they would rather drive to Ann Arbor than eat there. Dexter does have too many expensive restaurants and is losing it's small town ambience quickly. And as others have said there certainly is a lot of places to eat unhealthy pizza and burgers here. I had suggested a healthier restaurant should give it a try. Sorry if you were offended.
Rob D'Oria August 06, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Wow Marilyn, I didn't get any of that from your comment on the "No Thai" article. It quite frankly came off as highly neophobic, if not somewhat xenophobic. "homey, less yuppified place to dine"..."see everything become slick and expensive and homogenized like the places where many of the newcomers came from"..."You moved here because it was a quaint, cute little town with good schools, but now you want to change it. It's the story of so-called progress" ...all your words, not mine...and not very welcoming from my perspective.
Frankie Diabalo August 06, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Best wishes to the D'Oria Family Good Luck, The NJ Italian American Chamber of Commerce
Marilyn Wilkie August 07, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Rob, it's nice that you know so many big words, but silly that you use them. I meant every word I said.
Shawn Keough August 07, 2012 at 02:00 AM
The Keough family wishes the D'Oria family all the best! We love New York/New Jersey style pizza...can't wait to have a slice or two :) Shawn, Chrissy, Carly and Megan
Bridget Lane August 07, 2012 at 02:07 AM
As a small business owner, I know how extremely difficult it is to be an entrepreneur. I appreciate any SBO who takes the many financial risks to help improve their community by providing a unique product. Both my husband and I are humble foodies...we like good food and like to support local families. I'm so happy and a bit scared for your big opportunity. We will be eating up some awesome New York style 'za and are as excited for some yummy Mexican as well!! Best of luck to you. Bridget and Branin Lane
Cher August 07, 2012 at 01:22 PM
We are so excited you are opening! We have always felt dexter could use a wood fired pizza place! I am happy topay for grat food!! Cheryl
Rob D'Oria August 07, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Thank you Paula, Christie, Erin, YayDexter, Frankie, Shawn, Bridget, and Cher! - Rob, Mindy, Nick, Vinny, Joey, and Danica
Sarah August 07, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I don't know what all the hype is...we have so many pizza places already in town. And if u want variety, just go to the Dexter Pub..they have brisket, fresh seafood, build your own burgers, steaks, Italian food, asian salads, and amazing pizza. They also have 20 draft beers and friendly staff.
Walter August 07, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I think if everything you just said about Dexters Pub was true there wouldn't be any room for "hype". It appears that not everyone shares your level of enthusiasm about the Pub. Personally, I the food is OK and the pizza is so not amazing. Don't know if Bits & Pizzas will be any better, but I'm looking forward to finding out.
Mara Dove August 10, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I have to admit when I saw the sign for yet another pizza place in Dexter, my eyes rolled around and around. However, after reading this article, and the following comments from the D'Oria family I am excited for this new restaurant. I don't think it is possible for Dexter to lose it's small town charm because of a few new restaurants! I think the residents beyond proved that when we banded together (new and old) after the Tornado. The people and their hearts and caring ways make up a community, not "over priced" businesses. I love Dexter and although I am from the "big city," my husband grew up in Pinckney and his family has lived in Dexter for nearly 20 years. He and I may be new residents, but I am proud to say I can remember when there was just a stop sign at Island Lake and Dexter Pinckney! Good Luck to you D'Orio family! Our family welcomes you and your business!
Dana D'Oria - yes, Rob's sister August 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Marilyn, It's clear you have issues well beyond "changing demographics!" Perhaps you can take all of your negative energy and turn it into something positive. You may become a happier person. : )
Dana D'Oria - yes, Rob's sister August 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM
And to all of the supportes with positive comments, thank you! It's great to support a local family and business. I know Rob, Mindy, and my nephews and niece love Dexter and are very excited about this new endeavor! (and he didn't ask me to post this or even knows I'm doing it!) I know I will take a trip from NC to try it!
Laura Telesco August 14, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Welcome to Main street! I can't wait to bring my New York italian in-laws! I think it is wonderful you are investing in Dexter. Everyone should be happy we are not a town of empty store fronts. I wish you the best of luck and and look forward to your opening. Laura Telesco "Nichols and Stafford"

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