Pete’s Famous Pizza is a 3rd generation owned family business with its roots originating in Athens, Greece. In 1969, Pete Ampatzis, along with his wife, Effie, came to Philadelphia to take on the restaurant industry after years of working as a tailor in a large factory. In 1980, the original Pete’s Famous Pizza opened in Logan Square (Center City). The restaurant was an instant success and was eventually dubbed the “Best Pizza of Philadelphia” by Philadelphia Magazine.
Pete Kada, the 3rd generation owner of this pizza producing gem, is very proud of where he has come from and what the family business has evolved into today. He claims that he “just can’t stop” eating the food and can never get sick of the savory homemade marinara sauce and pizza dough that was created by his grandfather, with the same recipe still being used and treasured to this day. The dough consists of the highest quality ingredients and is made fresh daily on the premise.
Pete has big plans for Pete’s Famous Pizza, aside from the many other Pete’s Pizza perks. To get a leg up on that lunch time and take out dinner rush, Pete’s Famous Pizza offers delivery to parts of Philadelphia near and far as well as catering for larger parties. They also provide beer delivery if you have a hankering for your favorite craft beer with their famous Special Steak Stromboli. Pete’s allows you to create your own six pack (only 2 six packs per order), with a diverse selection at that. Pete is also looking to expand to the South Philly area eventually, where he intends to focus on mainly take-out and delivery. They also plan to continue serve breakfast at their Fairmount location.
Pete’s Famous Pizza was featured on the Food Network series 24 in 24 for their mouth-watering Meatball Stromboli. They are most famous for their Special Steak Stromboli, as it it one of their most popular items. We could see why it was so famous! Stuffed with steak, mozzarella cheese, peppers, onions, and mushrooms, topped with marinara sauce that will be sure to satisfy your taste buds.
If you’re feeling especially hungry, try the Ultimate Goliath Grinder, stuffed with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, savory steak, and bacon. And of course, it’s topped off with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. This mammoth of a sandwich can be shared, or, if you’re feeling exceptionally daring, you can participate in the Ultimate Goliath Grinder Challenge. You’ll be on the wall of fame if you eat this stupendous sandwich in 10 minutes or less (good luck.)
If a food eating contest wasn’t your plan, Pete’s Holly Roller Pizza Pie is one of a kind. We order this white pizza topped with brie, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. It did not disappoint. We also ordered the Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak. It was yummy, and one of the more spicy cheesesteaks we’ve had! Do not fret, vegan and veggie friends. Pete’s offers a Vegan and Vegetarian Cheesesteak, as well as a variety of salads.
Pete’s also knows how to dabble in some dessert. They offer Bassett’s Ice Cream as well as homemade chocolate chip, cranberry greek yogurt, oatmeal raisin, and sugar cookies (if you can fit it.)
Stop by this month for the Pizza of the Month– the Philmytummy Pie! Quattro Formaggio with mushrooms and broccoli rabe. And Monday-Friday 3-6pm is happy hour at Pete’s with $4 Bruschetta, $5 Any Small Pizza, $7 Artisan Cheese Plate, and $4 for all drafts for $4, $3 House Wine, $3 Yards Pale Ale. Monday and Tuesday is $13.50 special for 2 large pizzas and a 2 liter soda of your choice. We hope you enjoy Pete’s as much as we did!