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As New Yorker's all of their lives, Denise, Valerio
and Graig relocated to California in 1999. Denise born and raised in Brooklyn;
Graig, born and raised on Staten Island and a former New York City police
officer; and Valerio, from Little Italy, Manhattan, moving to Staten Island
as a teen are the three partners of Vicini's New York City Pizzeria.
They became neighbors on Staten Island in 1980 and
lived next door to each other for over 20 years. Thus the name "Vicini's"
pronounced (Vee-Chee-Nees) meaning "neighbors" in Italian.
After Denise relocated to the West Coast, her desire
for pizza, as she was accustomed to, led her to every pizza place in Northern
California. She soon realized the search was futile. Denise decided to contact
her dear friend and neighbor, Valerio Bruno, in hopes of opening her own pizzeria.
Valerio had 40 years experience in the New York City restaurant industry.
He was operating his own pizzeria, so Denise knew he would bring his old Italian
recipes to the table and help her with this new endeavor of bringing authentic,
quality New York City pizza to the state of California.
After the seeing the need for great pizza himself,
Valerio saw an opportunity and decided to make the move to sunny California.
Along with Denise's son Graig, a former offcier of
the NYPD, they were able to successfully open Vicini's New York City Pizzeria
in July, 2002 in Vacaville, California.
After 6 years of great success in Vacaville, the trio
from Staten Island, New York decided it was time to branch out. In March,
2008, Vicini's #2 was opened in Fairfield, Ca. With their brand recognition
growing, a demand for many more locations ensued. The Vicini's story is one
of perseverance, passion, and the desire to spread great New York City Pizza
across the world. As the company's founders, it is their vision to carry on
their integrity, values, and attention to detail throughout their growth.
They are commited to their goals and will always carry
on the tradition of promoting great New York City pizza cuisine, "The
Real Taste of The Big Apple."