Thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of a Saucon Valley graduate residents of the Bethlehem area have a new dining option for pizza, steak sandwiches, hoagies, gyros, burgers, wraps, pasta entrees, salads, wings, house-made Italian and Greek desserts and more.
Stefko Pizza–which opened Sept. 1 at 2115 Stefko Boulevard–is the first business owned by Hellertown resident George Kouros, although he has worked in pizzerias and restaurants in the New York area for years.
Kouros moved from New York to the Saucon Valley as a child and still calls the area home along with many of his family members–including the former owners of Antonio’s Pizza in Hellertown, his aunt and uncle, John and Irene Papageorgiou.
The fulfillment of a dream, Kouros said his purchase of the former Drake’s Pizza was from a family friend who also operated El Greco’s Pizza along the Stefko strip for many years.
It’s the 40-year-old El Greco pizza recipe that he’s using to make his pies, which are in the New York tradition and feature a special sauce that’s helped make them locally famous over the years.
In addition to the pizza recipe, the menu at Stefko Pizza incorporates all of the favorites customers of Drake’s were used to.
When longtime customers come in, “we explain that everything is still the same,” he said.
Kouros has added a gourmet pizza section–which features special pizzas such as Bruschetta and Chicken Caesar–as well as expanded the dinner menu to include more entrees.
A popular weekday lunch special, available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is two plain slices and a can of soda for $3.50 plus tax.
For larger parties, the “Real Deal” special that includes two large pizzas (one plain and one with a topping) for $18.99 plus tax has also been a hit.
Overall, Stefko Pizza’s prices are more than competitive, Kouros said.
“We’re cheaper by a few bucks, which is a big deal for a pizzeria,” he noted.
Stefko Pizza employs two people besides Kouros and features both inside and outside seating. Along the side of the building are picnic tables with large umbrellas.
There’s abundant parking in front of and next to the restaurant, which offers takeout and delivery to most of the Bethlehem area, including Bethlehem Township, Freemansburg and Steel City. Kouros said Saucon Valley residents should inquire about delivery when they call. Depending on the size of an order, he will deliver to Hellertown, Lower Saucon Township and beyond.
Catering is also available, with a menu that includes a variety of Italian party trays.
Stefko Pizza is BYOB, although eventually Kouros said he hopes to obtain a liquor license for the restaurant.
The restaurant, which offers free wifi, accepts all major credit cards.
It is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.