New ‘Broth­ers Pizza’ opens in the heart of Langhorne

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

LANGHORNE BOROrGH – The park­ing lot in front of Broth­ers Pizza in the heart of Langhorne Bor­ough is bustling.

Just weeks af­ter open­ing their new­est lo­ca­tion inside a ren­o­vated gas sta­tion at the cor­ner of Routes 213 and 413, busi­ness is good for coown­ers Pat and John Iovine and busi­ness part­ner Sal­va­tore Penza.

Broth­ers Pizza, a main­stay in the community for 42 years, was lo­cated in the Pine Wat­son Shop­ping Cen­ter be­fore pulling up roots and mak­ing the move to the nearby cor­ner.

The broth­ers’ late fa­ther, Gen­naro Iovine, op­er­ated the busi­ness be­fore them. He had pre­vi­ously worked for his cousin at the pizza place.

Pat Iovine said busi­ness has been good since the move and that peo­ple are glad they re­built the gas sta­tion, which had been a town eye­sore for many years sit­ting va­cant and run­down at the town’s busiest in­ter­sec­tion.

The own­ers had the di­lap­i­dated sta­tion com­pletely gut­ted over the sum­mer and re­built thanks to the sup­port of Langhorne Bor­ough of­fi­cials who were anx­ious to rid the town of the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing build­ing.

Even though the lo­ca­tion is dif­fer­ent, the menu is still the same at Broth­ers. There’s noth­ing too fancy. They sell pizza, cheeses­teak sand­wiches, hoa­gies and some pasta.

“We’re known for our pizza,” he said, not­ing that their crust is very pop­u­lar. The recipe is the same that they have been us­ing for more than four decades.

“We stuck to it,” Iovine said. “We didn’t change any­thing. We use the same prod­ucts.”

One thing that has changed is the res­tau­rant. It’s much larger with S5 seats. Next year, out­door din­ing will be ex­panded to full ca­pac­ity.

When the new build­ing was planned, it was de­signed to look like it was a part of Langhorne and like it al­ways was there. For ex­am­ple, there are old-fash­ioned lamps in the park­ing lot. The most prom­i­nent is a his­toric pho­to­graph of the old gas sta­tion taken in the early 19T0s that takes up an en­tire wall. The pic­ture was taken from what is now called the Mayor’s Play­ground, which has been im­proved sev­eral times since then.

Iovine said they de­cided to open the new res­tau­rant be­cause it was a good time with the real es­tate mar­ket. He said it was an op­por­tu­nity to “own a piece of Langhorne.”

Long­time bor­ough coun­cilmem­ber Kathy Hor­watt, who is mark­ing her 30th year on coun­cil, said Broth­ers Pizza is an in­sti­tu­tion in the bor­ough

“It epit­o­mizes Langhorne Bor­ough,” she said. When col­lege kids come home, one of the first places they go to is Broth­ers Pizza, ac­cord­ing to Hor­watt.

Go­ing to Broth­ers Pizza be­fore the new place was opened, she said, was like go­ing to get pizza al­most se­cretly when it was hid­den in the heart of the shop­ping cen­ter.

“Now, it’s promi­nently dis­played,” she said. “It’s be­cause it’s out front. It can be shared with ev­ery­one.”

Call­ing Broth­ers Pizza a fix­ture in down­town Langhorne Bor­ough, Hor­wath raved about their pizza. “It is ex­cel­lent be­cause they use high qual­ity in­gre­di­ents,” she said. “You can eat a piece of pizza with­out grease drip­ping off of it.”

Hor­watt is not only pleased with the food, she’s thrilled that the cor­ner prop­erty has been re­de­vel­oped. “They did a great job of restor­ing the old sta­tion,” she said. “They ac­tu­ally gut­ted the old gas sta­tion. They didn’t tear it down.”

Photo by Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

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