In keeping with the recent explosion in pizza options around town, the former Blue Belly BBQ space has been resurrected today as Square Pie. It's under the same ownership — Gene and Amy Giuffi also have nearby Cochon — but has been given some updates both inside and out to reflect the new theme.
The space is as tiny as ever, but they've swapped out the chunky bare wood and butcher's diagrams that fit the barbecue theme. The central counter seating now overlooks the pizza oven, with a few tables running alongside. Some fresh red and black paint and cute checkered tablecloths (and towering stacks of pizza boxes) help drive home the nostalgic Italian-American theme.
The menu consists of a small handful of appetizers (arancini looking awfully good), pizza, and pasta — plus a few fitting add-on options like meatballs, broccoli rabe, and garlic bread — to eat there or take out. The pies are being billed as Brooklyn-style Sicilian, enriching a Philly scene that just keeps upping its pizza diversity. We haven't tried Square Pie yet, but given Giuffi's well-documented skill with pork, anything on the menu involving pig is probably a safe bet.
Square Pie is open Tuesday through Saturday, serving lunch from noon to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.