CAMDEN — “Now we’re rolling in the dough!”

This joke comes from Camden House of Pizza owner John McCluskey as the temperature rises over by the pizza oven and the crew works on an order of five pizzas.

Jakob Nelson, 17, of Camden, who is busy doling out the toppings, confirms that, yes, McCluskey is guilty of making “Dad jokes” in the kitchen and this is one of his better efforts.

John McCluskey owns Camden House of Pizza. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

McCluskey has owned the business for the past seven years. Before that, it had served the Camden area for more than a decade under the prior management.

The business employs 10 people, many of them high school and college students. McCluskey’s wife, Mary, and son, Mark, also work there. He has four children including former Camden Herald reporter Lianne McCluskey, who now serves as assistant swimming coach at Dartmouth College.

Scott Ewen of Cushing makes the dough at Camden House of Pizza. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Prior to working in the pizza business, John McCluskey worked for hospitals including Pen Bay Medical Center and Eastern Maine Medical Center in food service and housekeeping. He met Scott Ewen of Cushing while working at the hospitals and now Ewen works at the pizza place, making dough and readying it for the toppings and the big trip to the oven.

The secret to a good pizza? “We make our dough every day,” Nelson said.

Putting the toppings on the pizza in Camden. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Ewen arrives by 7:30 a.m. to prep for the busy day. The business also makes its own sauce. These touches can make a difference in the final product.

McCluskey noted that Susan Craft of Craft Delivery Service in Camden started her business delivering pizzas for him.

Scott Ewen feels a certain ownership of the doughmaking apparatus at Camden House of Pizza. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Customers are welcomed to enjoy the useless fact of the day on the white board in the restaurant. For example, on July 8, they learned that sugar was once prescribed as medicine… according to the internet. McCluskey said not all of these fun facts can be verified since they are, after all, useless facts.

Useless facts at the Camden House of Pizza. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Camden House of Pizza at 12 Mechanic St. offers pizzas, subs, sandwiches, salads and more. It is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner with later hours on Fridays and Saturday until 9 p.m.

A pizza stays warm on the oven at the Camden House of Pizza on July 8. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

As seen on Mechanic Street. Photo by Daniel Dunkle