By Elizabeth Riggs
Maybe it’s the eggplant parmesan. Perhaps it’s the alfredo sauce. Whatever it is, the people of Springville couldn’t be more loyal to community favorite, Julie’s Pizzeria & Restaurant. And Owner Phil Collesano couldn’t be more grateful.
“It’s my baby; it’s my pride and joy,” said Collesano of the casual, family restaurant. “We thank our regular customers; without them we couldn’t do what we do in the community.”
Julie’s has been serving up delicious Italian dishes for the past 44 years, with a menu ranging from pasta to specialty sandwiches, homemade soups and salads, and of course, pizza to chicken wings.
“You can’t beat my mother’s homemade spaghetti sauce,” said Collesano. “It’s a recipe we’ve been using for 40 years. The alfredo and scampi sauces are family recipes.”
Not only does the restaurant embrace traditional family recipes, they have also managed to incorporate new dishes into a vast menu.
“We are constantly evolving as any restaurant should,” said Collesano. “We have to stick with the trends, but we also put on seasonal dishes.”
These dishes include fall favorites stuffed squash, butternut squash ravioli and pumpkin alfredo sauce. The restaurant has also been known to serve reuben stuffed hot peppers and stromboli in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, and purple and yellow pizza in honor of SGI’s homecoming weekend.
No matter the dish, Julie’s puts its signature homemade stamp on everything they serve. But according to Collesano, Julie’s is also known for dishing up something that isn’t listed on the menu: nostalgia.
“We get people that have to come back before and after football games, because that’s what they always did,” Collesano said. “I’ve had people that come in to celebrate anniversaries here because they got engaged at Julie’s.”
Amidst such success, the restaurant has also seen its fair share of challenges and obstacles. Julie’s fell victim to both a flood and a fire within a 4-year time span.
“We had a flood in 2000—the whole village flooded and we lost everything in the basement,” said Collesano. “In 2003, Julie’s burned to the ground. The only thing left was the brick walls. The town was devastated. I was devastated. It was a complete loss. But we rebuilt.”
And it’s a good thing they did, because the people of Springville are counting on Julie’s as their go-to restaurant for a reasonably-priced, homemade family meal.
For more information on Julie’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, visit their website: www.juliespizzeria.com.