By Sarah Crawford
Central York High School
Mexican and Italian food are among the most popular types of ethnic food in the United States. So, why not combine both menus into one restaurant? That is exactly what Greg Skirboll, owner of Mexitaly, did. And, the combination has worked. In September, Mexitaly celebrated its eighth anniversary.
The idea of combining two different food types began in two very distinct ways. In high school, Skirboll said, he often helped his mom make pizzas at their family restaurant. His Italian food knowledge then followed him to college, where Skirboll managed another pizza joint. A few years after college Skirboll visited California. It was on that visit he began to notice something peculiar. There were so many good fast-food-style Mexican restaurants in California, but there were none in Pennsylvania. Soon, a plan was forming in his mind. With his desire to share authentic Mexican food with Pennsylvanians and his vast knowledge on Italian food, Skirboll created his restaurant, Mexitaly.
Today, the best-selling items on the Mexitaly menu are the big chicken burritos, cheese pizzas and hard beef tacos, Skirboll said. The restaurant is focused on making affordable, high-quality food. Skirboll said it is simply “fresh food fast.” Mexitaly is a mixed breed of a fast food joint and fine dining.
What makes Mexitaly’s food so special is the balanced taste, said Skirboll.
“It’s key to focus on high flavors,” Skirboll said. “Lots of restaurants around here lack seasoning in their food. I’m not afraid to use seasoning aggressively. I’m not into spicy stuff.”
The use of seasoning appeals to taste buds of all demographics. Customers of the establishment range from rich to poor, old to young and just about everything in between, Skirboll said. The core demographic is from ages 18 to 40. Plus, Mexitaly offers something special for those who love seafood. They offer fish tacos and other menu items that include fish, such as salmon.
But, it takes more than just great food to really create a dining experience. It also takes some passionate employees. Pedro Febres said the best part of working at Mexitaly is that he feels like he’s part of one big family, which makes for a great work environment.
Brodie Pomper, another employee said, “It’s not work. It’s a place for people to come and socialize. I feel lucky to be a part of it.”
Whether you’re looking for homemade Italian or delicious Mexican, you’ll find it all at Mexitaly. It’s the cozy restaurant where the food is well-seasoned and completely unique. Happy eighth anniversary, Mexitaly!
If you go
Where: 1170 Haines Road, Springettsbury Township
Contact: 717-600-8226; mexitaly.com