In October we broke the news about Gennaro’s Tomato Pie closing up their current location at 1429 Jackson St. and replacing Da Vinci Ristorante at 1533 S. 11th St. According to owner Mike Giammarino, the plans have changed and the current location will remain open as Gennaro’s, but this new restaurant, to be called Grace & Pat’s, will open in this larger location just off of E. Passyunk Ave. and will serve a different style of pizza.
The restaurant is paying homage to Giammarino’s grandparents, Grace and Pat, both in name and menu.
The style of pizza, which Giammarino called “grandma style” because his grandmother made it for him as a kid, is a rectangular pizza that falls somewhere between the style of pizza Gennaro’s serves, a thin New York-style neapolitan and Sicilian pizza. While the pizzas are clearly the main attraction because of the popularity of Gennaro’s, there will also be other appetizers, salads, pastas and desserts. The pastas that will be on the menu are inspired by those his grandfather Pat made.
The new restaurant will have 50 seats on the first floor and 40 more in outdoor seating. Although the restaurant will start out as being a BYOB, Giammarino is considering a liquor license, with the potential for a bar on the second floor.
Although delivery won’t be offered right off the bat, Grace & Pat’s hopes to offer the service in the future.
Giammarino is aiming for a mid-April opening for Grace & Pat’s.
Thrillist named Gennaro’s the best pizza in the entire state of Pennsylvania, so it’s pretty safe to say that this will be a new pizza place worth trying.