Circles + Squares: Pizza Gutt’s New Home in Kensington
Dan Gutter is bringing his Pizza Gutt brand to the corner of Tulip and Firth Streets in Kensington.
When it first launched, Pizza Gutt, “Instagram’s first pizza shop,” was a revelation: just a dude (Dan Gutter) making square pan pies — a cross between pizza and focaccia — and selling them on Instagram, first as a sort-of roaming pop-up shop, and then eventually, out of the back of W/N W/N Coffee Bar, where he stayed put for over a year. And it was at W/N W/N that it was awarded three stars by our restaurant critic. It was at W/N W/N that it won its Best of Philly award.
His stint at W/N W/N officially came to an end on March 9th (despite a recent nod from Bon Appetit), so Gutter found himself a new permanent-permanent home in the shuttered Lil’ Lina’s Slices & Scoops shop at 2513 Tulip Street, which he’s calling Circles + Squares — the two kinds of pizzas he’ll be serving. (Lil Lina’s was owned by the guys behind Bourbon & Branch in NoLibs, who are partnering with Gutter on the new shop.)
Meaning, it won’t be only 10x10s this time around — he’ll do round pies, too. And he’s currently toying around with the idea of maybe nixing the reservation system he was using at W/N W/N in favor of a more old-school method: a phone. Also, no bar this time.
“I want to keep it very mom-and-pop, like the pizza shops I grew up going to and cooking in. I was kind of stuck in a cave at W/N W/N. Here, I’ll be able to say hi to everyone who walks through the door,” says Gutter.
The space doesn’t really need much work, just a new paint job. He’s shooting for a May 1st opening.