Saturday, March 3, 2012

Restaurant Profile: Graziano's Pizza and Grill

Living in the Upper Mid West for 13 years, there was one thing that I missed more than anything else - Pizza. Oh sure there was pizza.Or at least that's what they called it. But it wasn't really pizza. I mean, how can you call a thin wafer-like crust cut into one inch squares, pizza. Squares? Really? In addition to the local places that served squares, there were the pizza-hype type National chains. Need I say more...

So, upon returning home to Lancaster last Spring, I sought out pizza wherever I could find it. Did you know that there are nearly 120 different pizza joints in Lancaster? I didn't want just pizza though. I was looking for GREAT pizza! Great pepperoni pizza to be exact. Pizza where the dough is freshly made, the cheese is real and the grease from warmed pepperoni slides down your arm as you eat it. Yeah, that's what I'm talking about!

GREAT greasy pepperoni pizza slice

While there are many pizza joints that fit the above description, there is another important characteristic of great pizza - GREAT owners! Andre Pellerito is one such owner. Pellerito moved to the United States from Sicily in March 1998 with only the clothes on his back (literally) and speaking only Italian. He came with a dream and an attitude to be successful. Living with and working for family he not only learned how to be successful in business but he learned how to speak English as well.
In October 2003, Pellerito decided it was time to put his plans into action. Continuing to follow his pursuit of the American dream, he opened Graziano's Pizza and Grill. Located in the Manheim Shopping Center just off of Doe Run Road, Graziano's offers more than just great pepperoni pizza. Salads, Stromboli, pasta and hogies (hot and cold) round out the menu.

Besides his strong work ethic and a desire to succeed, what  also makes Pellerino GREAT is that he and his employees make you feel like family "where everyone knows your name." Although, they might not know my name, I am recognized as the guy who orders "the usual" - 2 slices of pepperoni pizza and a large coke, no ice.

Graziano's - "A Unique Treat from Italy"

Graziano's Pizza and Grill
107 Doe Run Road
Manheim Shopping Center
Manheim, PA 17545

Monday-Thursday 11am - 10pm, Friday - 11am - 11pm, Saturday 11am - 10pm  Sunday - CLOSED


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