Mama P: A Greek Legacy–Plus Some Special News
It has been a pretty difficult few months for our Athens Pizza family, as all of you can imagine. My mother, Mama P, was Athens Pizza, and while no one will ever dispute that, I know that she would want her legacy to live on through her life’s work—Athens Pizza. She was a very proud woman; proud of her family, first and foremost, her Greek heritage, her community, and what she had accomplished in her life after coming from basically nothing. She was truly one of a kind, and there is no way anyone would ever be able to replace what mom meant to not only Athens Pizza, my family, and the Greek community, but to anyone who came in contact with her.
On behalf of myself, my family and the entire Athens Pizza family and staff, I’d like to personally thank everyone that has reached out in any way, through prayers, calls, texts, Facebook messages, Instagram posts, Tweets, flowers, cards, or just stopping by and visiting the spot where mom used to sit and greet people when they walked through the door. I have an amazing family, and I have HUGE shoes to fill. I know that I won’t be able to fill them the way everyone expects, but I will definitely try my best, and the tradition of Athens Pizza will go on through me. We plan on making a few subtle changes here and there—changes my mom and I actually discussed before she left for Greece. Good changes that will enhance the experience everyone has at Athens Pizza. We’ve always said that coming to Athens Pizza should be like coming and eating at our home, and as long as I’m around, that will continue. Thank you again for your continued support, and I look forward to seeing all of you in the upcoming months, as we share the new things we have planned for 2018.
On Saturday, December 23rd, we are happy to invite all of you to join us for a fun and festive day. Santa will be joining us to spread good cheer to all of you from all of us from 12:30 to 2:30pm and from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Also, that day will be the kick-off for my special “Sandy Souvla Saturdays (or Sundays—ha ha—gotta’ leave room for flexibility).” The word “souvla” in Greek means spit or rotisserie, which is a very traditional (and delicious) form of cooking meats such as lamb, chicken, pork or beef. Everything that day will be prepared by me personally, and I will be cooking a range of specialties, from roasted pork called “kontosouvli” to eggplant stew to my own special quinoa salad, along with some of the best lamb chops you’ll ever have. These are a combination of mine and mom’s recipes, and, believe me, if you haven’t tried them, you’ll want to on that day. Supplies are limited, and you’ll be able to pre-order if you like. Be on the lookout for our posts on Facebook and Instagram about how to pre-order so you can save some for your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day festivities.
Again, on behalf of my family, the staff here at Athens Pizza, and myself, I want to wish you all a very blessed holiday season and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!
Thank you all so much for your continued support!