Some of Chef Vinny Savinelli’s earliest memories are of the kitchen: Watching, helping and learning as his father, Domenico, an internationally trained chef, regularly worked his culinary magic. You can say that great food is in Chef Vinny’s blood! “Many of my fondest childhood memories were of being in the restaurant with my parents,” said Chef Vinny, the owner of Vinny’s Pizza & Pasta at 28 Eastman Street in Cranford, N.J. “I grew up in the business and always dreamed of having my own place.”
That dream eventually became a reality after Chef Vinny graduated with a degree in business from Seton Hall University and tried his hand in the business world. The experience served to strengthen Chef Vinny’s belief that the restaurant industry is where he belonged. “I worked outside the restaurant field for two years, and quickly decided that it wasn’t for me,” he said. “I knew I wanted to get back into the kitchen.”
Returning to his dream of owning his own restaurant, Chef Vinny opened Il Giardino in Cranford in 1992. The restaurant quickly thrived and became an asset to the community. “I love being in Cranford, I met my wife Theresa in the restaurant in Cranford, and I am raising my two children, Nicoletta and Dominic, in the community,” he said.
In 2002, he sold his restaurant. He and his wife then built a restaurant in Martinsville, N.J. “Even though business was great and the people of Martinsville were nice, it was nothing like the feeling I had in Cranford,” he said. After 10 successful years of running a restaurant in Martinsville, Vinny and Theresa decided it was time to come back home to Cranford. They sold the restaurant and Opened Vinny’s Pizza & Pasta in November, 2012.
The new Vinny’s Pizza & Pasta is an Italian food lover’s delight. The menu consists of traditional Italian cuisine and pizza made by Chef Vinny with his unique recipe adaptations that have made him an admired New Jersey Chef for years. He uses the freshest ingredients and provides incredible value and a comfortable, inviting atmosphere for his guests. BYOB is welcome here. “I want Vinny’s Pizza & Pasta to be a destination in the community that provides my home-style Italian cooking, where all my neighbors can come, be fed and enjoy life,” he said.
Recently Vinny’s won the “Iron Chef Pizza Contest” for having the best Cheese Pizza around. “It’s the second contest I have ever entered and I won both of them,” he said.
Vinny also does Italian catering for any event large or small. “I must have catered more than a thousand events in town from Christenings and Communions, to showers,” he said. “It’s a great feeling knowing that people are willing to put such an important event in my hands, I never disappoint.”
A family affair, Chef Vinny is helped by his wife, Theresa, and his mother, Giovanna, who welcomes all and runs the front of the house. Chef Vinny’s father, Domenico, is also found occasionally on the scene in the back of the house helping his son prep meats and sauces. “I learned from the best – my father,” Chef Vinny said proudly with his huge, broad and welcoming smile.
Come in and join Vinny and Theresa for a memorable dining and truly family experience.
- Catering for All Occasions
- Gluten Free Pizza, Pasta, Entrees and Desserts available