Scrima's Pizza: An Old Tradition in a New Way

Joe Scrima has been running Scrima's Pizza at Grandview Boulevard and Silvernail Road in Waukesha for about a month.

When closed down in the mid-1990s, Joe Scrima said his wife, Christine, may have been the most disappointed person in Waukesha.

The couple’s cousins had owned the restaurant, which was considered a legacy in Waukesha. And when it shut down, Scrima decided to begin baking pizzas in his home.

“She loved it,” said Scrima, who is the father of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima. The mayor is not involved in the business. “So I started to experiment trying to get that taste. Through trial and error we developed something that we consider on par with that.”

It wasn’t until the beginning of June that he opened Scrima’s Pizza in Waukesha in Dave’s Mobil at the corner of North Grandview Boulevard and Silvernail Road. The business has been going “very well” after only a month, he said.

“It has been just phenomenal,” Scrima said. “The people of Waukesha remember … I was really surprised by the loyal following that name had. … People that tried the original Scrima’s will not be disappointed.”


Scrima’s Pizza offers pizza, sandwiches and a salad bar. Scrima makes his own sausage on site at the restaurant. There is seating inside and outside the gas station for a total of 16 people.

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Herbert July 03, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I tried it opening weekend and all i have to say is I still dont know how a thin crust can be soggy? Toppings were good but I was seriously dissapointed. Maybe they have it figured out by now, they seemed overwhelmed that day.
timm dunn July 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM
My Mom called it "Heaven"
The Sha July 03, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Soggy, maybe a little greasy, but my numerous pizzas have ben crisp, and a little slice of heaven. The best pizza in town, without a doubt.
Roger Igielski July 03, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Incredibly delicious! Great flavor, especially the sausage...a little spicy....very good! Joe says that the grease comes from the cheese which is made from whole milk, rather than skim milk. It's pizza, not a salad.....just enjoy it!
Carl Spackler July 03, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Really nothing to talk about here. Nothing special. Kinda greasy. Kinda thin. A lot like the Mayor. Maybe a dilvery service can be started with Jeff Scrima since he will be out of a job shortly.
the 'sha guy July 03, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Grow up. This is a story about his father's new business. How old are you?
LifeLongWaukeshaResident July 03, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I haven't tried it yet, but look forward to doing so. The original Scrima's Pizza was the best in town by far! Good luck with the business Joe!
Phil Esche July 03, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Can you buy it take it home and bake it or do you just eat it there? Or can you pickup a hot one and take it home. The timing hasn't been right to try it but I am looking forward to it. Oh yes, and I agree with "the 'sha guy," Carl really does need to grow up.
Dave Mickler July 04, 2012 at 02:42 AM
As a life long resident of Waukesha I grew up around Scrima's pizza and the Yellow Front. I also was a classmate of Joes. Our family has had eight pizzas since he opened and at least that many sausage and pepper sandwiches. The pizza Joe is bringing back to Sha is as close to the original Scrimas pizza except for one small detail - it is much better. Way to go Joe!
Jeff Wilcox August 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Scrima's PIzza is the Best in Waukesha
Joan Huighes August 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I grew up Scrimas pizza and so did my son. I moved to Arizona 6 yrs ago and my son sent me a picture of his pizza. Looks great. I am flying in for my sons 30th bday this weekend and I am going to surprise him with a pizza out in Fort Atkinson WI. Thats how far he drives for his pizza's now. We were friends with Tom Scrima. Joan Cotter Hughes
Bam bam smith April 20, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Was anxious to try it and did so tonight. Disappointed. 1piece of sausage per slice, flavor was fair, don't waste time on cheese bread, it was literally a hot dog bun with red sauce and a sprinkle of cheese. Dry and tasteless. I prefer Marty's or papa Murphy's when in waukesha.
Phil Esche April 20, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Bam bam, don't know what went wrong with your pizza but our was great about a month ago. We took an already prepared pizza home and it was just wonderful.


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