Roger’s Pizzerolo serving New York-style pizza and Italian cuisine

I always thought “one day I’ll have my own business,” said Rogelio, owner of Roger’s Pizzerolo on Mission Gorge Road, next to the old Souplantation. His dream came true and was the realization of the American dream of success through hard work. Roger’s Pizzerolo opened its doors last December.

Originally from San Salvador, Rogelio worked for many years in local restaurants, starting as a dishwasher. After hard work and a bit of luck, he was promoted to chef. He started his first pizza business at a gas station in Lemon Grove and operated take-out only. After five years, it was time to find a physical location.

The menu at Rogers is simple with pizzas, pastas, salads, sandwiches and wraps as well as a few desserts.

For pizzas, Rogelio likes a thinner crust. “People don’t want to eat too much flour or yeast to stay healthier,” he said. Good news for the gluten-free population – he has gluten-free pizzas!

It offers a whole category of white pizzas such as BBQ Chicken Pizza, Buffalo Chicken, Roasted Garlic Chicken and Ranch, and Ranch Dressing Topped with Fresh Basil. Other pizza specialties are chicken pesto and spinach ricotta and a unique BCR pizza, which features cheese, caramelized onions, bacon bits and chicken on white sauce and ranch dressing.

Try specialty pizza like Hawaiian pizza, Mexican pizza with refried beans, chorizo, bacon, ham, jalapenos, and red onions, or San Diego vegetarian pizza with spinach, artichoke hearts , peppers, black olives and onions.

Pasta includes a variety of spaghetti, rigatoni and fettuccine alfredo. Also offered are vegetarian or meat-loving stromboli or meat-loving calzone.

Save room for a special dessert of tiramisu, New York cheesecake, or homemade cannoli.

Don’t be confused when you see Cholula hot sauce on the tables. Rogelio is always attentive to its customers. “When a lot of people asked for hot sauce, I took a poll to find out which were their favorites and bought some. It’s very popular. I like to keep my customers happy,” he said. he declares.

For someone who has never cooked at home before starting to work in a restaurant, it is amazing to see him throwing a pizza crust in the air in his own restaurant, with joy and pride.

Roger’s Pizzerolo is located at 6171 Mission Gorge Rd. Call for delivery or pickup. You can find the menu online at

– Robin Dohrn-Simpson is a local food and travel writer. Contact her at

Photo by Robin Dohrn-Simpson

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