In August of 2018, Staten Island, New York native, Steve Cusumano purchased Amici Pizza. Steve and his wife, Anna, along with their kids, Cole, Steven Jr., Kateri, and Joy have worked in the restaurant business for many years, honing in on the art of creating an excellent dining experience. In partnership with family friend Vinny Pante, the Cusumano family opened Amici Pizza on January 2, 2019 with the pledge of bringing delicious New York-style pizza and exquisite service back to the East Valley.
“Amici,” directly translates to “friends” in Italian; a fitting name as Amici Pizza should be a place where friends and family alike can gather together (and make new friends), while indulging in the best New York-style pizza and Italian food that the valley has to offer. Amici Pizza is still overlooked by Vinny and the Cusumano family, who continue to bring authentic, family recipes and superb service to your table. The kitchen is run by part-owner Vinny Pante.
RESTORATION PROCESS (2018)
After Vinny and the Cusumano family acquired the lot where Amici Pizza is located in August of 2018, the restaurant needed immense renovations and work before being reopened. Below are a collection of photos beginning with what the restaurant looked like at the time of repossession in August of 2018, through the five-month restoration process that led up to Amici Pizza’s 2019 grand opening.