Effectively-traveled chef finds a house in Shelby Park with Roman-style pizza restaurant

A well-traveled chef finds a home in Shelby Park with a Roman-style pizza restaurant

The chef, trained by Bobby Flay, opens a Roman-style pizza restaurant in the Shelby Park neighborhood, building on his childhood roots.

Updated: 8:50 p.m. EST November 19, 2021

Emil David grew up in Pampanga, a province in the Philippines northwest of Manilla. When he was 16, David’s mother lost her business due to a natural disaster and the family moved to Rome, Italy to start over. One of the things David liked most about Rome was the shops and bakeries selling square slices of Roman style pizza. Roman pizza, unlike the more common Neapolitan pizzas, has a thin crust like a flat focaccia and is usually cut into squares. “It was easy to buy these pizzas. You didn’t have to go to a restaurant. I just asked my mother for two euros and then went to a store to buy a slice of it. ”In October, David and his wife Liz opened Square Cut Pizza at 741 E. Oak St., Shelby Park. The couple also run an ice cream parlor called Sugar Room in the same 4,500 square foot space. Square Cut Pizza has an open kitchen, bar and seating for up to 50 people. There is also an outdoor area with seating for 8 to 10 people. To learn more about Square Cut Pizza, visit our media partner Louisville Business First.

Emil David grew up in Pampanga, a province in the Philippines northwest of Manilla. When he was 16, David’s mother lost her business due to a natural disaster and the family moved to Rome, Italy to start over.

One of the things David liked most about Rome was the shops and bakeries that sold square pieces of Roman pizza. Roman pizza, unlike the more common Neapolitan pizza, has a thin crust like a flat focaccia and is usually cut into squares.

“When I was in Rome it was just very comforting,” remembers David, 36. “It was easy to buy these pizzas. You didn’t have to go to a restaurant. I just asked my mother for two euros and then in went to a store to buy a disc. “

In October, David and his wife, Liz, opened Square Cut Pizza at 741 E. Oak St. in the Shelby Park neighborhood. The couple also run an ice cream parlor called Sugar Room in the same 4,500 square foot space.

Square Cut Pizza has an open kitchen, bar and seating for up to 50 people. There is also an outdoor area with seating for 8 to 10 people.

To learn more about Square Cut Pizza, visit our media partner Louisville Business First.