The humble pizza has gone posh, with a capital P, in Deal.
At Posh Pizza, located within the Deal Sephardic Network Community Center in Oakhurst, specialties include Greek or Caesar salad on pizza, as well as roasted garlic, roasted eggplant, and marinated artichokes. But you won’t find pepperoni — or any other meat — because the restaurant is dairy only, is kosher with a capital K, and bears the imprimatur of the DSN.
The upscale pizza parlor is operated by Posh Kosher, a division of Brooklyn-based franchisor Posh Tomato. The new store opened June 19.
Henry Kauftheil, 54, a veteran of the kosher food industry and a partner in the new franchise, told NJJN that his other kosher concerns include the Fireside Bistro restaurant and Evergreen natural supermarket in Monsey, NY; the Gourmet Glatt kosher market in Cedarhurst, one of Long Island’s fabled Five Towns; and an interest in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Keller, which offers recipes, articles, and food suggestions in both print and on-line.
There are two other Posh locations in Brooklyn, and Kauftheil said his goal is to add more in the near future, including in Lakewood.
Kauftheil and his partner in the Oakhurst location, Meny Hoffman, anticipate a warm reception to their new restaurant. “We have a delicious product with high-quality ingredients and a distinctive style — a very, very thin crust,” said Kauftheil.
The franchisors — brothers Morris, Solomon, and Ike Sarway — all grew up in nearby Deal, so they know the territory.
“It’s a wonderful, rewarding experience to come back to our hometown and provide quality products for the people here, especially pizza, which can evoke emotional memories of childhood,” said Morris, the cofounder and CEO of Posh Tomato. “What kid doesn’t like pizza?”