Who We Are

This is Our Story

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September 17

VILLA opens up its first location in NYC on Broadway next door to the famous Ed Sullivan Theater!

1964
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In 1966 VILLA opens its first international location in Michele’s homeland Naples, Italy. Currently we have over 15 locations in Italy.

1966
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Our 1st NJ location opens in Edison!

1969
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As the indoor shopping malls started … VILLA opens it’s first mall location in Rockaway, New Jersey … which is still operating to this day!

1977
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Pizza Today Magazine lists VILLA as 1st in Fastest Growing Category!

1980
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Our 1st airport location opens in Orlando International Airport.

1994
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VILLA acquires Florida based Cozzoli’s Pizzeria.

1999
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VILLA purchases Everything Yogurt Brands and the basis for Green Leaf’s and Bananas starts.

2003
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Celebrating our 40th anniversary , VILLA opens our TIMES SQUARE FLAGSHIP LOCATION on the corner of 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in NYC.

2004
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VILLA expands into the casinos and opens at Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ and Red Rock Casino & Spa in Las Vegas.

2006
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The birth of our Full Service division with the purchase of Black Horse Tavern/Pub, Mackenzie’s Steakhouse, George & Martha’s, Il Forno, and Café Villa.

2007
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VILLA opens at the Prudential Center Sports Arena in Newark, NJ and the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA operating five (5) different brands. Total casino locations is now 14!

2009
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VILLA expands into Puerto Rico with two locations.

2010
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VILLA continues to expand the Full Service Division with the purchase of The Office Beer Bar and Grill, adding seven (7) prime locations to our group!

2011
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VILLA continues to expand internationally with locations opening in five (5) countries … UAE, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Egypt, and Colombia.

2012
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Nestled in Historic Mendham, NJ … Piattino opens in the former Mackenzies and prides itself on having great Italian Fare with a modern twist, based off of artisan ingredients from across the world and our back yard. Starting the expansion of the 40 North Group!
40 North takes its name from the common linear parallel of Naples, Italy and Morristown, NJ … both on the 40 degree Latitude!

2013
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VILLA completes our Arizona Mills Mall food court operating nine (9) different brands and complete renovation marketed under the Villa Food Hall.In addition, Villa Enterprises celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

2014
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April 2015

VILLA obtains food court concession at Orlando International Airport and plans to open five (5) different locations, with Chipotle’s 5th airport location rounding out the terminal food court.

2015
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May 2015

Villa Italian Kitchen is inducted into the Pizza Hall of Fame.

2015
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October 2015

VILLA Enterprises Management officially changes its name to Villa Restaurant Group.

2015