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The Santucci success story is one of innovation, passion and strong family values. Founded in 1959, Santucci’s Square Pizza was originated by my late parents, Philomena and Joseph Santucci Sr. My father began flipping dough in a small kitchen connected to our home on “O”Street in Juniata Park, while my mother was busy perfecting her recipes and handling the bookkeeping. The early years of watching my parents build the Santucci business while taking care of my 7 siblings and I, made a lasting and memorable mark on my childhood.

The unconventional idea of a square pizza, with the sauce deliciously placed on top of the cheese, was my mother’s family recipe handed down from previous generations. Through dedication and a passion for the art of pizza making, my parents perfected this recipe with fresh dough and Philomena’s original homemade tomato basil sauce. Created with superior seasonings and the finest quality ingredients, it is no wonder the taste is unparalleled and continues to be enjoyed by generations of our loyal customers.

With the blessing of my parents, my husband and I were fortunate enough to expand the family business in 1993 with our first location on Cottman Avenue in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia. The long-standing success can be strongly credited to the countless hours and unwavering effort my parents committed to supporting us in establishing this location. In 1996, with their continued support, we were privileged to open our second location on Tyson Avenue. In 2015, we were thrilled to welcome our youngest son Nicholas into the family business and decided to relocate our small Tyson Avenue store to an expanded Street Road location in Warminster.

June 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of my parents opening their original location in Juniata Park. To honor this proud and wonderful achievement, I am announcing the addition of my mother’s name, Philomena, to my locations on Street Road in Warminster and Cottman Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. It was her family recipes that started the business in 1959 and those exact same recipes continue to be used at my restaurants today. We are also jarring her original pizza sauce under the Philomena name, available at both my locations, as well as in select Acme Markets.

My husband and I, along with our children, look forward to continuing to grow our family business while honoring my mother with our new business name, Philomena Santucci’s Square Pizza. With pride in her name, we look forward to the privilege of continuing to serve generations of loyal customers, many of whom have become dear friends over my 26 years in business. Bringing people together to share joy and delicious food has always been my family’s inspiration and will continue to remain the heart of what we do for years to come.

Teresa Santucci Carelli

(Daughter of the founders, Philomena and Joseph Santucci Sr.)

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