Red Sauce Pizza Continues Strong Opening in Cully Neighborhood
Shardell Dues loves pizza. Always has, and always will.
From starting to make pizzas in her teens, to gaining valuable experience as a manager for Apizza Scholls, she knows her stuff. So, when she decided to open Red Sauce Pizza, it was a long time coming. After years of honing her skills and learning the trade, Dues felt it was time to branch off on her own.
With a lot of hard work, and the help of a MCNW loan, Shardell launched her own Portland pizza shop on NE 42nd Ave in October.
Shardell is continuing the longstanding tradition of pizzerias in Cully, particularly at that address. “We are so proud and excited to carry on the tradition of the Cully neighborhood pizzeria that Bob’s Pizza began in 1971.” For the last four decades, this building has been home to a pizza shop, changing ownership and names along the way.
As she prepared to open, Shardell found the original sign Bob used for his shop, and now displays it in the same way he did – upside down. When Shardell asked Bob why he put the sign up this way, he explained it was great marketing. In an age before the internet and viral or social media marketing, you had to find a way to stand out. People in the neighborhood would see the sign, and inform Bob, thinking it was a mistake. He would always answer with a surprise and then proceed to sell them pizza.
Describing her style, Shardell says, “Our pizzas are made with a slow fermentation process with organic flour from Central Milling. So you get a chewy crunchy dough full of lots of flavor and a nice char on the bottom and lots of structure.” She believes in quality ingredients and toppings, and makes the sausage, belly bacon, and Canadian Bacon all in-house.
Having opened in October, Shardell has been featured in numerous articles, and among them was a recent feature in the Cheap Eats section of Oregon Live. Writer Ben Waterhouse sums it up well by describing Red Sauce Pizza as “an unpretentious neighborhood spot serving major-league pies.” Read all about it here.
Not only does she make a great pie, but Red Sauce Pizza serves salads, sandwiches and calzones. She also has beers on tap, and now offers delivery as well.
Shardell says the response from the neighborhood has been great, and she hopes to continue this rich pizza tradition in Cully for years to come.
Red Sauce Pizza
4935 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218