General News

Like Greek Father, Like Greek Son: The Kantzios’ Know Their Pizza

Pizza in the United States isn’t just Italian. There’s a lot of pizza joints run by Greeks and a noted one in Norwich, Connecticut is Asylum Street Pizza operated by James Kantzios, who took it over from his father who opened it in 1984.

In a Local Flavor feature, the Norwich Bulletin said that the son got his chance in 2018 after his father taught him all he needed to know, piece-by-piece, slice-by-slice about the business.

“I was working for my dad, full-time at Asylum Street Pizza for years. I learned all the ‘ins and outs’ of the business. Working with family can be a little tough sometimes; they’ll be a little tougher on you than others,” said James.

He had the right role model though. “I watched my dad cook, too. He’s an immigrant from Greece. I learned how he ran the place and absorbed his work ethic. It became something I wanted to end up doing. I wanted to make pizza,” he said, adding that the key was to just stick to it. Oh, and thanks Dad.

And thankfully, Asylum Pizza managed to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.


Anton "Tony" Mandros, 87, of Portsmouth, RI, passed to his eternal reward on January 19.

Top Stories


BOSTON – The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in its recent meeting dealt with the ecclesiastical coup perpetrated by the Patriarchate of Moscow in its canonical jurisdiction, calling it an “immoral invasion and intrusion.


NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.


STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.


SNF’s Health Initiative Will Support Child and Adolescent Mental Health

ATHENS - When we think about childhood injuries, we usually think of scratches, a few stitches, maybe even a broken bone.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.