Northeast Times

Best of the River Wards 2012: Best Restaurant

Win­ner: Vil­la­gio Pizza CafĂ© at 2533 E. Clear­field St.

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Vil­la­gio own­er George Va­sili­ou said the Port Rich­mond res­taur­ant is much more than just a meal tick­et.

After the deaths of both his wife and his broth­er, Va­sili­ou, who said he’s been in the res­taur­ant busi­ness for 35 years, took own­er­ship of Vil­la­gio with two oth­ers in Oc­to­ber last year.

“It keeps my mind away from bad memor­ies,” he said of his work. “I can move on. I don’t like to stay home. I’m al­ways here.”

As Va­sili­ou shared de­tails about Vil­la­gio, he pulled piz­zas out of the brick oven, dashed back and forth for in­gredi­ents and said kind words about his staff mem­bers. He called his res­taur­ant co-own­ers his “broth­ers.”

He said not only does own­ing the pop­u­lar res­taur­ant help him per­son­ally, but it af­fords him the chance to give back to the com­munity he calls “beau­ti­ful.”

“They sup­port us, we sup­port them,” he said of neigh­bor­hood res­id­ents.

Vil­la­gio’s menu boasts dozens of unique piz­zas, plat­ters, Itali­an and Greek en­trees and an abund­ance of salads, sand­wiches and side dishes. Cus­tom­ers can or­der pickup or de­liv­ery or eat in the res­taur­ant’s full-ser­vice din­ing room.

Va­sili­ou said that thanks to its ca­ter­ing and event ser­vices, Vil­la­gio also sees its fair share of gradu­ation and birth­day parties, and has even played host to a  wed­ding re­cep­tion.

“People like to cel­eb­rate here,” he said with a smile.

Call Vil­la­gio Pizza Caf&ea­cute; at (215) 291-9499. 

-Mi­kala Jam­is­on

Run­ner Up: Ara­mindo Diner at 3356 Ara­mingo Ave.

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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