Goats Hill Pizza Expands to West Portal
By Jonathan Farrell Special from the Westside Observer
Last month Goat Hill Pizza opened its third City location, bringing the neighborhood camaraderie that’s made the original Potrero Hill location a central meeting spot to eat, drink and enjoy an afternoon or evening to West Portal.
Established in 1975 on Connecticut Street, Goat Hill has gathered a loyal following. With its signature sourdough pizza crust, fresh salads and soups and “all you can eat” Monday nights, Goat Hill Pizza has been a Potrero Hill favorite for almost 40 years. Co-owner Philip De Andreade hopes to build that same longevity and following in West Portal.
“West Portal is a happening place,” he said, “I look forward to meeting new friends; I know they are going to love the food.” Vandalism, in the form of acid-etched glass graffiti on the restaurant’s storefront, didn’t dampen De Andrade’s enthusiasm for the neighborhood. “There is plenty of business here for everyone, we just concentrate on making the best pizza and pasta; the rest will take care of itself.”
The new outlet, which is located on West Portal Avenue next to a public parking lot, features a bright, clean interior, with crisp red and black trim against warm gray walls. "We will be introducing specials and unique dishes designed just for our West Portal location," said general manager Elena Nuestadt, indicating that special calzones and salads will be on the menu. “We are excited to be a part of West Portal, and so far we have been getting lots of good feedback from locals who are happy we are moving in,” she said.
While Goat Hill will compete with other neighborhood eateries — such as the Village Grill, located just a few doors away — West Portal residents seem to be welcoming the locally-owned mini-chain. “I'm thrilled that Goat Hill Pizza has opened another establishment in my West Portal neighborhood,” said author Joe Sutton. “Being a huge pizza lover, I don't have to travel across town anymore to enjoy their fabulous sourdough pizza.”
“Our West Portal location will be cafeteria style, with 12 tables for people to order and sit at,” Neustadt said. “No serving staff, that is only for our Potrero Hill location. Yet as we get more situated we will introduce specials offered only at West Portal." The restaurant already has a gluten-free crust alternative, as well as a vegan Dayla cheese option.
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