Danville is getting a new pizzeria like nothing it's seen before, opening today in the Livery & Mercantile.
Jules Thin Crust was started by John Ordway in Doylestown, Pa., in 2005 because he wanted healthy food for his family, including his eldest, Julia, the pizzeria's namesake. Ordway later opened Jules in Newtown and Jenkintown, Pa.
"It's convenient," said Ordway who was recently visiting Danville to help prepare for the opening. "Something you can feel good about feeding your kids."
Ordway went to high school with Piedmont resident Jeff Clapp, who thought the Jules concept would be a great fit for the Bay Area. Last year, Jeff along with his wife, Heather, partnered with Ordway to prepare to open Jules in the Danville Livery & Mercantile.
The shop in Danville will be the first outside the Northeast.
"I really loved that it was catering towards families," said Jeff, who has three sons, age 2, 6 and 8, with his wife. "The concept really resonated with me."
The couple is passionate about food and thinks Danville parents will appreciate having a healthy and quick option for their kids.
"We chose Danville because we felt like it is a good community place," said Heather. "People live here for the schools."
Kids are sure to find something they'll like on the Jules menu. With seven meat pies, 15 veggie pies, four cheese pies and a myriad of toppings to make a custom pie, Jules aims to please even the most picky eaters.
The crust is thin, crispy and similar to what you'd find in a pizzeria in Rome or Florence, Italy. The tomato sauces are organic, as are the ingredients, which are locally grown when possible.
Veggie creations include a pie with brie, sliced pears, toasted almonds, rosemary and mozzarella, which Heather describes as "amazing."
For meat lovers there's an all-natural hormone-free pulled pork pie with locally made BBQ sauce, scallions, red onions and mozzarella.
With a gluten-free dough option, Jules offers something you won't find at most pizzerias. Ordway developed the special dough after a customer with celiac disease, a disorder that prevents gluten from being digested and absorbed, asked for it at the first Jules in Doylestown. Ordway said the gluten-free dough is almost identical to the regular one.
Jules offers the gluten-free dough, as well as the organic whole-grain white and whole-wheat varieties, for sale at the restaurant.
No matter what dough or toppings you choose, for about $3 a slice, $16 for a medium pie and $19 for a large pie, Jules aims to be an affordable and delicious option for busy families who want healthy food.
Jules Thin Crust is located in the Danville Livery & Mercantile at 820 Sycamore Valley Road West. Starting Saturday May 8, it will be open Sundays to Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For phone orders call 925 743-2790, or order online.