Papa Steve’s Pizza opens on SR 37 East

By Lenny C. Lepola

April 9, 2014

Folks who live east of Sunbury have missed Renzo’s Pizza since it closed. To get a take-out or eat-in meal they had to drive into Sunbury or to Johnstown. But now a new business has opened at the same location, and with a twist.

Steve Chucta took over the 15910 East State Route 37 location and recently opened Papa Steve’s Pizza and Convenience Store, where patrons can get pizza, submarine sandwiches, salads and a whole lot more; and while they’re at Papa Steve’s to pick up a takeout order they can get a gallon of milk, deli meats and cheeses, sodas, ice cream, canned goods, eggs, bread, batteries, and tobacco products.

But Papa Steve said it’s the pizza that will draw customers.

Chucta said Papa Steve’s Pizza features 10-inch, 13-inch and 16-inch pizzas using a 50-50 mix of mozzarella and provolone cheese, and a wheat crust is in the works and will soon be available.

“This is one of the only places in town where you get a true 16-inch large pizza,” Chucta said. “We’re trying to keep our prices in line with the other pizza businesses in the area, but our large pizza is bigger.”

Specialty pizzas include Papa Steve’s Favorite, Deluxe, Veggie, 3-Meat, Hawaiian, and Hot and Spicy. With 13 toppings on the menu, customers will also be able to create their own dream pizzas.

Hot or cold submarine sandwiches are also on the menu, including Meatball, Italian, Veggie, Ham and Cheese, Italian Sausage and Turkey.

Salads include a House Salad and a Chef Salad with a variety of dressings; and salads come in small individual sizes or large quart sizes suitable for a family meal.

Also featured on Papa Steve’s menu are Garlic Bread, Pizza Bread, Wings, Jalapeno Popper’s, Cheese Sticks and Breaded Mushrooms.

“When we started out our goal was to serve a good quality pizza and sub,” Chucta said. “The only way to do that is use homemade ingredients. All of our sauces, dough and Italian sausage are homemade.”

Chucta said he’s applying for a carryout beer license, but that takes time to organize and get on the November ballot. He’s also planning to install a propane tank refill area, stock firewood and sell bagged ice.

“The one thing that I really want to do is serve this community,” Chucta said. “I want to provide a place so folks don’t have to go to town for carryout or eat-in, and also provide a nice selection of convenience store items.”

Papa Steve’s Pizza and Convenience Store, located at 15910 East State Route 37, is open six days a week, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

To order carryout call Papa Steve’s at 740-965-9654.

Chucta said larger special carryout orders are available for events, stop in or call Papa Steve for details.