New pizzeria opens in Peterborough

  • Pancho Ayala, co-owner of Pancho's Pizza in Peterborough, makes a fresh cheese pizza. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Pancho Ayala, co-owner of Pancho's Pizza in Peterborough, makes a fresh cheese pizza. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/6/2019 4:33:32 PM

Neighbors Pancho Ayala and Steve Venning have opened a new pizza place in the Peterborough Plaza.

Pancho’s Pizza opened its doors on April 19 and already has had a steady flow of customers, said Donna Venning, Steve Venning’s wife.

Pancho Ayala formerly manned the kitchen at La Mia Casa, which was run by his children. His new pizzeria has opened in the same location as La Mia Casa, and has a nod to the former business with the tagline: “Mi casa es su casa.”

Venning is an accountant, who manages the books for the business, and is learning the trade during the evenings and weekends.

Ayala said the idea was born over dinner and margaritas at Mi Jalisco. As the friends talked it over, Ayala was convinced to come out of retirement to try his hand at the pizza business once again.

“I decided I couldn’t stay retired,” Ayala said. “I just hope my old customers come back.”

Ayala said he’s been making pizza for the past 55 years, since coming to New York from Puerto Rico, and his homemade dough and sauce is still New York style. He’s owned pizza businesses in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“For the past 55 years, I’ve been running around making pizza,” he said.

Currently, the restaurant is still in a “soft open” phase, Donna Venning said. They are still working on installing a soda machine, acquiring a liquor license and refurbishing a lounge area.

Pancho’s Pizza is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located on 1 Jaffrey Road. For more information, call Pancho’s Pizza at 784-5410.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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