Bankers Hill resident Emily Green’s first eatery is a celebration of sisterhood that also gives the neighborhood a friendly new spot for pizza and classic Italian comfort food. Decorated with photos of family and friends, Sisters Pizza pays tribute to Green’s sister Kate and the the pizzerias they frequented together on the East Coast before Kate’s passing, with its signature pies named for the sisters’ favorite bands and TV shows, from the Modest Mouse with red sauce and mozzarella to the Uncle Jesse topped with ricotta, mozzarella, and fresh basil.
The 1,000-square-foot eatery, a former hair salon at the corner of Fourth and Brookes Avenue has been thoroughly remodeled and the 1930s building now features a shaded, 60-seat patio. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with a 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekday happy hour, Sisters Pizza offers New York/New Jersey-style pizza by the slice as well as 16, 18, and 20-inch whole pies that can be customized with a range of toppings; gluten-free crusts and vegan pies are also available.
Executive chef Mark Damiano has been making pizzas since his teens; the first-generation Italian-American and fourth-generation chef grew up in Long Island, went to culinary school at Johnson & Wales University, and worked in local pizzerias like Mr. Moto Pizza House and Surfrider Pizza. His family recipes are the basis for the menu, from the fresh pizza and pasta sauces to housemade sausage and eggplant parmesan. Sisters Pizza will also serve appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees including spaghetti and meatballs, gnocchi with mushrooms and pea shoots, and other specials.
Green, who taught at San Pasqual Academy, will spotlight different charitable organizations every month through donations and events. She says they also plan to launch weekend brunch service in July, serving bottomless mimosas as well as pastries and breakfast pizzas.