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RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: Uncle Scott's brings Italian fare to Laurel Park

Hannah Jackson serves a pepperoni pizza at Uncle Scott’s, which opened last month at Laurel Park Village Shopping Center. Hannah Jackson serves a pepperoni pizza at Uncle Scott’s, which opened last month at Laurel Park Village Shopping Center.

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Steve DeWitt has gone from playing the links to serving links, from a country club to a turkey club.

A professional golfer for 22 years and head pro at Kenmure Country Club for seven years until last year, DeWitt is the owner of Uncle Scott’s Pizza, which opened a month ago in Laurel Park Village Shopping Center. After serving pizza and sandwiches for eight years at Charlie’s on the Creek in Hoopers Creek, DeWitt made the move to Laurel Park.
“We just found the space and thought it would be an opportunity to be a better location for us — though there was nothing wrong with Charlie’s,” DeWitt said. “We still have a lot of the favorites we had at Hoopers Creek but we’ve expanded it. It’s been going really well. It’s been well received by the other vendors in the shopping center as well as all the customers.”
Uncle Scott’s is run by Scott Montgomery, DeWitt’s brother-in-law, a pizza cook and veteran restaurateur. He owned and operated a sports bar and family-style restaurant in the Cleveland suburbs before moving to Hendersonville nine years ago.
“He cares a lot about the customer,” DeWitt said. “He can cook. He can really dance in the kitchen. This is not his first rodeo.”
In addition to the restaurant venture, DeWitt also changed his day job. After getting his real estate license last winter, he’s now a real estate agent with Keller Williams Mountain Partners.
The menu covers a range of Italian dishes from pizza and pasta to subs and salads and includes some creative specialties like meatball sliders.
“It’s like Kryptonite,” DeWitt says of the sliders. “It’s really popular — made of half beef and half sausage with marinara and the cheese.”
Also popular, he said, are the Philly cheese steak, the supreme pizza (nine toppings) and specialty flavors like the Garlic White, Hawaiian and BBQ chicken pizzas.
Appetizers and sides range from garlic knots ($4-6), jumbo chicken wings ($8.99 for 10) and pizza by the slice ($2.50). Pasta dishes include spaghetti and meatballs ($7.99) and rattle snake pasta (grilled chicken, roasted red peppers and black olives in Cajun cream sauce, $8.99). Pizza comes in four sizes, $9.99 to $18.99, plus a choice of 18 toppings, from $1 to $1.75 each, depending on the size of the pie. And there are nine specialty pizzas.
When it gets a beer and wine permit, Uncle Scott’s will soon offer domestic and craft beer and wine.
“The goal is by next week” to have the permit, DeWitt said.
The pizzeria is already doing a brisk take-out business. “We’re working on our website so you can order online as well.”
“We just want everybody to give us a try,” he said. “We hope people would enjoy the atmosphere.”

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Uncle Scott’s Pizza, in Laurel Park Village, is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is 828.513.1220.