Hidden Gem: Emiliano’s Pizza

Located at 111 Main Street Poughkeepsie, New York is an old school, traditional style, award-winning pizzeria owned and managed by two brothers. Egidio and Emiliano Guerriero have run Emiliano’s Pizza for over twenty-one years and counting. Unfortunately for the Marist College Class of 2016, very few have ever eaten at Emiliano’s, and most have never even heard of its highly regarded pizza.

Photo on Emiliano's Pizzeria on 111 Main Street in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Photo of Emiliano’s Pizzeria on 111 Main Street in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Egidio and Emiliano were both born and raised in Poughkeepsie. This is the main reason why they decided to keep their pizzeria in the Poughkeepsie area. Egidio is forty-three years old, while Emiliano is just eleven months older. Before Emiliano’s, their parents also used to own a pizzeria in Poughkeepsie. They worked there for several years before deciding in 1994 that it was time to open their own pizza shop.

Emiliano’s offers delivery as well as in shop seating to its customers. The main source of business for the pizzeria comes from local residents. Egidio mentioned how there are a lot of loyal customers that he knows on a first name basis. He attributed this to being open longer than many of the other pizzerias in the area.

In the 2009 “Best of the Hudson Valley” annual feature from the Hudson Valley Magazine, Emiliano’s was recognized as the editors’ pick for best old school pizza in the Hudson Valley. During my interview with Egidio, a man by the name of Jeff Phillips, who was in the middle of eating his food, had overheard us talking and came over to provide his input on the pizzeria. He was really impressed with it complementing its quality food, huge portions, and low prices. Phillips, a resident of Middletown, New York, which is about an hour from Poughkeepsie, was in town on Wednesday night for a convention that his wife needed to attend. He decided to stop at Emiliano’s for dinner. He was so impressed that the very next day, he made the commute back to Poughkeepsie to pick up Emiliano’s again, but this time for lunch.

In 2012, the pizzeria was again noticed for its stellar food. The Best of Hudson Valley magazine distinguished that the eggplant rollatini from Emiliano’s was the best in the Hudson Valley. The Guerriero brothers are very proud of these accomplishments. As far as the pizza goes, they referred to their chicken bacon ranch and barbecue chicken pies as the most popular pizzas ordered.

Chicken Bacon Ranch slices from Emiliano's Pizzeria.

Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza from Emiliano’s Pizzeria.

The Guerriero’s are aware that they may not receive as much business from Marist students as other pizzerias. They associate this with a few different factors. One of them is that the plazas across the street from the main campus contain pizzerias, and are much easier for students to get to. They also might be quicker in terms of delivery because they are so close to the student dorms. Some of the pizzerias included in those plazas are P-Ridge Pizzeria, Campus Deli, and Giacomo’s Pizza. Another reason they believe that they don’t get as many Marist students is because they don’t accept Marist money. Some of the other pizzerias do make use of the Marist money option, but Egidio said that it is not something Emiliano’s is open to using.

A survey distributed to the Marist College Class of 2016’s Facebook page, asked students where they most often get their pizza from when in Poughkeepsie, if they’ve ever heard of, eaten at, or know where Emiliano’s is located, and their impressions of the food if they have. The survey received a total of 103 responses. Sixty-eight percent of those who took the survey answered that they have never heard of Emiliano’s. The percentage of those who responded that have never eaten Emiliano’s was approximately eight-five. Giacomo’s received the most tallies for where people most often get their pizza from with forty-five responses followed by P-Ridge Pizza with thirty-two, and Emiliano’s was third but with only six. Of the twenty people that answered that they have eaten Emiliano’s, twelve of them answered that they were either impressed or very impressed with the food. Only one person answered that they were disappointed or very disappointed with the food.

Pie Graph of Marist College Class of 2016 students who responded to whether they have ever eaten Emiliano's.

Pie Graph of Marist College Class of 2016 students who responded to if they have ever eaten Emiliano’s.

If you’re in the mood for a traditional style, thin crust pizza, then stop in to Emiliano’s between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. or call to place an order for delivery to potentially find the perfect pizza for you. You can learn more about Emiliano’s Pizza by visiting www.emilianospizza.com or by calling (845) 473-1414.

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