Observer staff report
Since he was 11 years old, Spiros Tsimis has worked in the restaurant business. He began under the tutelage of his Greek father at the family’s restaurant in Haverhill, Mass. and has since been the owner/co-owner of pizza restaurants in both Massachusetts and Vermont.
Most recently, the opportunity to open a restaurant in Williston presented itself—and Williston House of Pizza was born, located in the spot formerly occupied by Rocky’s Pizza.
“I saw an opportunity based on the location and size (of the restaurant) that would allow me to offer more on the menu,” he said on Tuesday afternoon during a short break in preparations for a soft opening this week. He also cited the availability of outdoor seating and the ability to make the business family-oriented as further incentives to make the move to Williston.
The married father of four made a further commitment to the local community by partnering in the business with Khanh Ly, who grew up in Williston and attended Williston Central School and CVU high school. The ambitious 24-year-old will cook and co-manage alongside Tsimis. “The community gave to me and now I want to give back to the community,” Ly said.
The duo is committed to offering “family-friendly” pricing, citing the cost of their Greek-style pizza as an example. A 10-inch cheese pizza costs $7.75 and a 16-inch costs $12.50. Tsimis explained that Greek style pizza refers to the thickness of the crust—thinner than Chicago style, but thicker than New York style.
The menu will feature a variety of pizza specialties (gluten free and vegan pizza included), plus salads, subs, Philly Cheese Steak, hot and cold wraps, cheeseburgers, fries and pasta dishes. In “the near future,” they will also offer creemees, beer and wine and delivery service.
Tsimis was happy to point out that the restaurant’s recent inspection by the Vermont Department of Health garnered an almost-perfect score of 98. “I’m obsessed with cleanliness,” he said as he got back to work.
Williston House of Pizza is located on Cornerstone Drive in Williston.