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Malden Could Overflow With Hot Pizzas Very Soon

A long-awaited pizza shop is finally on its way

97 Medford St.
97 Medford St.
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A brick-oven pizza place that's been in the works for the last few years is finally on the brink of opening in Malden, according to a job posting. Sillari's Pizza is now hiring an experienced pizza maker for the 97 Medford St. store, per the job posting, and the restaurant's website indicates that it is coming soon. (The website also indicates that delivery will be available.)

Local butcher Michael Dulock of M.F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats is behind this pizza place, which will feature the pizza mastery of Scott Sillari, who has apparently been practicing and perfecting pies and developing recipes. He posted a photo of a pizza on Instagram, hinting at an approaching opening. (See update below for details on Dulock's involvement.)

It's coming very very soon.#sillarispizza

A photo posted by Scott Sillari (@sillari82) on

Construction on the restaurant started in June 2015, as previously reported. Dulock secured the 97 Medford St. space (a former pizza restaurant) in 2014, with plans to make prepared goods for his shop, but an existing pizza oven in the space could not go unused.

Update 5/11, 4:15 p.m.: Michael Dulock initially purchased the space to develop a curing and smoking program for his existing business, he told Eater in an email. He later scrapped that plan and decided to make the space a pizza shop once again.

"Our plan is to create a humble, traditional style pizza shop to serve the neighborhood in which it exists. We do not intend to reinvent the pizza scene or create a destination restaurant," he wrote. Dulock is an investor in Sillari's and serves as an advisor of sorts, but the business is not connected to M.F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats.

His partners in Sillari's live in Malden, Dulock said. "We hope to bring back the style of pizza that we grew up eating," he said.

When it opens, the shop will offer carry-out only, no seating, and will eventually have delivery.