June 4, 2023


Be Inspired By Food

Philly Phatz restaurant brings East Coast pizza to the peaks


Locals night at Philly Phatz.
Viktoria Bruner/Courtesy Photo

Regardless of whether you’re a Philadelphia Eagles admirer or craving a skinny crust pizza, Philly Phatz in Winter Park is truly worth the halt.

With a dive bar feel, nonetheless a brightly colored dining area, a couple televisions and a whole bar and pool table, this cafe has the ideal sit-down ambiance for relatives and pals.

Owner Roger Babula slings East Coast-style pizzas at significant elevation, “but the Philly Cheese Steak (sandwich) outsells pizza by a mile,” he said. This cheesesteak is quite actually the most important cheesesteak you’ll find in city. Babula would make his with 8 ounces of chopped steak. American and Provolone cheeses are melted on to a toasted 12-inch, Ambrose’s Philly roll. If you are from Philadelphia, you place ketchup on top rated, Babula mentioned.

“But there’s no way I’m serving mayonnaise with it,” he added.

Babula’s pleasant smile, and welcoming demeanor will make you want to linger about your food. He loves this community as significantly as he enjoys the Eagles. Wander in stating, “Go Birds” and you observed your place.

Babula is originally from Burlington Township, New Jersey, just outdoors of Philadelphia. In the early ‘90s, he attended a official French Culinary Cooking Faculty in Philadelphia ahead of heading to the Rockies. Right after culinary faculty, he labored at a chain Italian bistro, Fuzzy’s Pizza. A Fuzzy’s friend and coworker encouraged him to head West, where by cooks were needed at Winter season Park Resort.

Babula has a extensive history of cooking in the course of the valley considering that his arrival in 1996. He labored as the sous chef at Lunch Rock for five yrs, wherever he started building his own model of pizza dough that he has now introduced in excess of to his personal cafe. He expended time as a sous chef at the Tabernash Tavern, Alberto’s at Iron Horse and Untamed Steakhouse (now The Peak). Babula bounced involving Philadelphia and Grand County prior to getting a entire-time resident at the conclusion of 2015.

In July 2021, “Philly Phatz landed in my lap,” Babula stated. His aged coworker from the Tabernash Tavern was promoting Zephyr Za and Babula jumped on the possibility to commence his have small business. Due to the fact opening in August 2021, he’s been concentrating on repairing up the store, repainting the eating space walls and revamping the bar. Following up: new kitchen area equipment for dialing in his ‘zas.

Philly Phatz will continue to be open for the mud time, while featuring many distinctive specials. Tuesday through Sunday there will be a “Mud Year Joyful Hour” from 3-6 p.m. This exclusive will include things like $5 personalized cheese pizzas, $6 glasses of wine, $4 daily cocktails and $3 domestic beers. Babula will also supply a “Family Food Deal,” served dine-in or carryout. This food deal serves four for $45 and incorporates a 14-inch specialty pizza, bottle of wine, property salad and tacky bread.

Babula is hoping to function wine-tasting evenings, paired alongside appetizers. The wine tasting gigs will include things like high-end varietal wines and is $20 for every particular person, together with a few wine samples together with numerous bite-size appetizers. Philly Phatz is open up from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday by means of Sunday, and when the summer months time kicks off, they’ll be open up seven times a 7 days.

Arrive check out Babula’s latest giving, if you’re not anxious about finding phat.