Neighbor, and friend of the Feast, Bari Greenridge took a jaunt around our neighborhood to highlight various pizza establishments and the individuals who make them throughout South Kensington. Check it out below!
The corner of Girard Avenue and North American Street is full of hustle and bustle. Inside George's Pizza, the vibe is no different. You would be mistaken if you attributed the energy solely to its location. The owner George has operated at this location since 1984. And it is his energy that keeps this place going. "All of my customers are my favorites", George says with a smile as he prepares another pizza and a cheesesteak to head out to their lunch deliveries. Georges wife Vicky is behind the scenes making sure that the family business continues to give people",simple good food that they like". So maybe George will win the Powerball one day but until then Georges Pizza will continue to feed the neighborhood's stomachs and souls.
Just down the road from Georges Pizza is another pizzeria whose pizzaiolo grew up in the business before opening up Trios Trattoria in 2009. Sal was raised on Sicilian cooking in central PA and continues n that tradition by focusing his menu on "fresh ingredients done real simple". Trios serves pizzas thin, square and round but for Sal if he had to cook one thing - it would be pasta. "My favorite customers are customers who try different things. We get customers that come 5 days a week. i don't want them to get bored with my food" explained Sal. Looking at the menu - boredom is certainly NOT an option.
Germantown Pizza is in the heart of a diverse and changing community. Its owner Ismael embraces these cultures in his menu as he prepares food for "a good mix in the neighborhood. Arab, Hispanic and African-Americans all eat my food." Business has not always been great since he took over in 2007 but Ismael says things are improving. He describes his pizza as "thin crust Italian style" but his menu also pays respect to his own Arabic culture by serving Halaal food, Gyros and other food not typically on pizzeria menus. It is this recognition and hard work that will allow Germantown Pizza to grow with the neighborhood while not ever forgetting where it came from.
Mel has operated El Greco in the neighborhood since 1979. But if you find him behind the small counter he will tell you that the thing that makes him the happiest are his plants that frame the outside of his shop on Second street. "I make hand tossed pizzas. We care for what we serve" explains Mel between sips of coffee. Mel also recognizes the need to change with the neighborhood and has brought in someone who makes Spanish food. Don't ask Mel to make Spanish favorites such as arroz con pollo because he will tell you straight up, "If I can't make it right I won't serve it"! It is this honesty that permeates from El Greco. It is exactly what it is. A neighborhood joint that relies on its neighbors to stay in business.