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Pizza Girls Pleases Slice Lovers with Tantalizing Toppings

By Pamela Sosnowski

You can't find New York style pizza in the West Palm Beach area, right? Jennifer Morales would beg to differ. As the co-owner and one of the founders of Pizza Girls, she and her partner Phoebe Reckseit have been bringing the kind of pizza the Big Apple is known for to Floridians for over 20 years. Since opening up their first award-winning pizzeria in downtown West Palm Beach in 1996, the duo has since expanded the business to include a food truck and a sit-down restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens as well as moving their original location into a larger space a block away.

Morales explained that it wasn't difficult to come up with the business's name.

"In that time, wherever Phoebe and I would go in the area, people would say, 'Hey, aren't you those pizza girls?'" she recalled. "We knew people would know it was us by the name. That is also why we have a logo with our faces on it. We wanted our customers to know it was still us with the same great pizza, just in a little bigger space! We officially changed the name in 1999, and have been in that location on Clematis Street ever since."

And although Pizza Girls emulates the New York experience of walking into a pizzeria, choosing a slice, and leaving while happily munching on it, the available toppings are anything but standard. Morales and Reckseit knew they were entering a business traditionally dominated by men, and they decided that their pizza had to stand out.

"We aren't afraid to put anything on pizza," Morales said. "Some of our delicious creations are our Kale Yeah Pizza, which has fresh crispy kale, grilled chicken, roasted red peppers and mozzarella and topped with shaved Parmesan. We use all kind of sauces such as pesto, barbecue sauce, and sweet Thai chili. For Sunday brunch in our PBG location, we do brunch pizzas with different egg combos."

Some of the tantalizing ingredients found on their brunch pizzas include creme fraiche, dill, salmon, hash browns, and even caviar. Morales says that her current favorite is the Eggs Benny pizza, a variation on eggs Benedict right down to the hollandaise sauce. The Sunday brunch also offers bottomless drinks for $15 each, and the Pizza Girls lunch and dinner menus include calzones, pizza roles, salads, and more.

The Pizza Girls food truck is also a big hit with the community, and has been used for private parties, school events, corporate events, and more. Their brick and mortar location in Palm Beach Gardens opened in April of this year, and features a larger space, expanded menu, and bar that features craft beers and wine.

"This is a warm, friendly neighborhood restaurant where we know you when you come in and often times, you know the people dining next to you," Morales said. "Or at least, you probably will know them by the time you leave! You can sit at the bar and watch a game or just make friends with the people sitting next to you at happy hour."

Both Pizza Girls locations are open daily. View the menus and order online at http://pizzagirls.com.

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