A Mexican entrepreneur from Philadelphia pays homage to her culture through cooking

By MADELEINE WRIGHT

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PHILADELPHIA CREAM (KYW) — At Rosario’s Pizzeria and Restaurant at 15th and Wharton streets, co-owner Margarita Jeronimo serves up a taste of Mexican culture with every bite.

“When people come sometimes, and the first thing they ask is if it’s hot? And we’re like, ‘no, it’s not hot. It is soft. You should try it,’ and they don’t regret it,” said Rosario’s Pizzeria co-owner Margarita Jeronimo.

The restaurant offers 14 Mexican-style pizzas, from poblana and chicana to choriqueso and costeno.

What makes them different is that instead of tomato sauce, the base is a traditional sauce from Mexico like mole, guajillo, or mashed black beans.

“I’m really proud that people are starting to know what flavors we eat, you know, what things we like,” Jeronimo said.

Jeronimo says the top-selling pizza is “Al pastor,” which is made with chunks of pineapple, marinated pork, onions, cilantro, and guajillo sauce. It tastes like tacos.

“Delicious. Um, wonderful, appetizing, juicy, all the good things a pizza should be and they’re there. And the service is great, too,” customer Dianne Hamilton-Mitchell said.

Jeronimo grew up in Puebla, Mexico and immigrated to the United States when he was 15. She and her husband, Aaron Del Rosario, dreamed of owning their own restaurant and made it happen in 2011.

She says the secret to making great pizza is, “We try to cut everything fresh, fresh. For example, our guacamole, we make it in small batches throughout the day. »

Rosario’s has made a name for itself, even gaining national attention.

Jeronimo says on the horizon that he will open one or two more sites in the future.

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