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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.

image of the business partners

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.

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 instill in everyone at their organization to:
image of partner Greg Spitzer "Always exceed customer's expectations
 Always use the very best quality ingredients
 Always pay particular attention to every detail
 Always maintain an exceptionally clean environment
 ...and above all...Never let the integrity of the product fall"

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."

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