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Jimmy's Pizzeria in East Walpole, Massachusetts: A Most Welcoming Restaurant with Food Made From Love

Jimmy's Pizzera, East Walpole, Massachusetts
Jimmy's Pizzeria, East Walpole, Massachusetts.

by Eric Hurwitz. Page created on 4/25/17. All photos by Eric.

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There's something so special and exceptional about Jimmy's Pizzeria in East Walpole, Massachusetts.

Pizza and sub shops don't always consistently come across this way: welcoming atmosphere, community-oriented, spotless surroundings and food made from love instead of short-cuts.

Jimmy’s Pizzeria owner Themis Kalemkeridis loves coming to work every day and locals deeply appreciate him for his restaurant, outreach to the community including helping those in need, and just being a great all-around person. A Katerini, Greece native who grew up in what he describes as a "loving home," Kalemkeridis brings an incredibly hard work ethic, gratitude and a pride of ownership to Jimmy's Pizzeria which has been in business for more than 20 years. His wife, Athena, younger brother and Jimmy's manager Yianni, and a friendly and efficient staff help makes Jimmy's the wonderful place that it is.

Themis, Yanni and Jimmy at Jimmy's Pizzeria in Walpole MA
Themis Kalemkeridis, Yianni Kalemkeridis and Jimmy Exarhopolous at Jimmy's Pizzeria.

Jimmy's Pizzeria dining room, East Walpole, MA
The spotless dining room at Jimmy's Pizzeria.

Of course, a welcoming restaurant needs to serve great food, too, and Jimmy's delivers quite well. Jimmy's Pizzeria -- named after Athena's father, Jimmy Exarhopolous -- transcends the typical pizza and sub shop fare. As examples...

The Greek salad features fresh veggies and delicious feta cheese -- much better than what I have found at so many other pizza and sub shops around New England. I could eat three of these in one sitting....

Jimmy's Pizzeria Greek Salad, Walpole MA

The Chicken Parmesan spaghetti dinner has more in common with versions from the North End of Boston. The homemade taste of this dish can't always be found at restaurants of this genre in the suburbs...

Chicken parmesan from Jimmy's Pizzeria in East Walpole MA
The Greek-style pizza leaves behind the excessive grease well-known in Greek pizza places, and instead prioritizes a sweet, flavorful taste with the right combination of cheeses, homemade tomato sauce and alternatively crunchy and soft crust...

Greek-style pizza from Jimmy's Pizzeria, East Walpole, Mass.

The calzones are another highlight at Jimmy's, cooked slightly crispy yet chewy on the outside and loaded with cheese and toppings on the inside. This Steak Special with cheese, steak, peppers, onion and mushrooms with homemade pizza sauce on the side is simply outstanding...

Steak special calzone with steak, cheese, peppers, onions and mushrooms from Jimmy's Pizzeria in East Walpole, MA
Steak Special calzone with steak, cheese, peppers, onions and mushrooms.

Cheese calzone from Jimmy's Pizzeria in East Walpole, MA
Cheese calzone.

And the subs go well beyond the typical house of pizza fare including this mouthwatering chicken parm....

Chicken parm sub from Jimmy's Pizzeria in Walpole MAFrom Jimmy's: chicken parm sub.

I have so many other favorites at Jimmy's, but if I had to choose one more dish, it would be the gyros wrap with perfectly-seasoned and generously served meat, French fries, soft and chewy Greek flatbread, a wonderful Tzatziki sauce, slices of tomato and onion, and that great Greek salad on the side. This gyros wrap clearly surpasses many of the top-notch Greek restaurants specializing in this form of sandwich. It is my favorite gyros wrap in the Boston area!.

Gyros wrap from Jimmy's Pizzeria in East Walpole, MA
Gyros wrap.

Also amazing is the "Themis Special," a white pizza with sliced tomato, Kalamata olives, red onions, feta cheese and oregano, as well as the amply served calzones.

I refuse to write at about any business that I don't love, and Jimmy's is no exception. It might just be however, at the top of my list, for pizza and sub shops that excel on every level.  If every town and city had a Jimmy's, I do believe that locals would frequent this category of restaurant more often. I just love this place!

Jimmy's Pizzeria is located at 4 East St., East Walpole, MA. Tel. 508-660-6700

Be sure to check out Jimmy's Pizzeria web site and the Jimmy's Pizzeria Facebook page for updates and some yummy-looking food photos!

Editor's note: VisitingNewEngland business partnerships started on Jan. 30, 2017, and differ than feature articles previously posted on VisitingNewEngland. Businesses pay a small, one-time fee to have pages like this appear, and first must be accepted by editor and publisher, Eric Hurwitz, as a business he approves as part of "real New England travel" to keep the integrity of the site. Businesses that sign up for business partnerships receive priority by receiving more social media exposure and link placement on Contact me if interested in forming a business partnership.

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