By Lisa Camerlengo
Love pizza? Hate the guilt? Then, you’re going to worship Skinny Pizza. The latest health-conscious chain to hit the shores of Long Island, Skinny Pizza is serving up delicious slices that pack just half the calories of traditional pizza.
How do they do it? The answer is simple: By topping a crispy, crunchy flatbread-like crust with fresh, high quality, organic-whenever-possible ingredients and part-skim cheese. Their best-selling SkinnyClassic is a traditional cheese pie made with part-skim mozzarella and homemade organic tomato sauce on your choice of crust (original, whole wheat or gluten-free). And don’t miss a seasonal favorite, SkinnyArugula, topped with organic baby arugula, scallions, organic tomatoes, garlic, part-skim mozzarella and an all-natural balsamic vinaigrette on a whole wheat crust. Their extensive no-guilt menu also includes pasta dishes measured by weight and made with your choice of sauce along with salads, soups and wraps. Really, the skinny possibilities are endless!
Owner and founder Joseph Ventrano and Michael Tenedorio, his business partner and friend since high school, are committed to providing customers with healthy versions of classic pizzeria fare. Even the decor in the Roslyn, NY location is much “lighter” than a typical pizzeria’s, and evokes a beachy, breezy atmosphere.
Ventrano, a St. John’s University graduate who grew up in the pizza business for 35 years and previously owned a frozen yogurt chain, came up with the concept for Skinny Pizza while his wife was pregnant with their daughter, now a toddler. He specifically wanted to ensure that his growing family did not eat food containing chemicals, hormones or preservatives. After experimenting with traditional recipes, he quickly found that he could cut the calories and fat from many of their favorites, use “cleaner” ingredients, and not sacrifice any of the taste.
“The most surprising aspect of opening this business has been that it allows people with dietary restrictions and sensitivities – especially, children – to eat good food,” Ventrano said.
Many customers have expressed gratitude over finally being able to bring their gluten-intolerant children to Skinny Pizza without incident because Ventrano is diligent about storing, preparing and baking the rice flour crusts separately and serving them with their own pizza wheels.
But, Skinny Pizza doesn’t deliver, so you’ll have to get up off the couch to get some. It’s definitely worth the trip. With the Roslyn location booming, Skinny Pizza opened a flagship store at the Roosevelt Field Mall this past summer.
For more information, a full menu and location details, visit SkinnyPizza.com.