VACAVILLE — Evelyn’s Big Italian Pizzeria & Ristorante is expanding into Vacaville.
Piero and Evelyn Tropeano have run a downtown Fairfield restaurant at the corner of Texas and Jefferson streets for six years. They will open May 21 upstairs in Blondies Bar and Grill at 555 Main St. in Vacaville.
“It will have the same menu,” Piero Tropeano said. “Everything is the same. It’s going to be great.”
That includes The Big Gun, a 32-inch pizza.
Piero Tropeano takes a hands-on approach to his restaurants. That means he will be seen at both the Fairfield and Vacaville shops, often making the trip of a few miles between the two cities.
“I fly back and forth,” Tropeano said. “You’ve got to.”
Piero Tropeano was born in Naples, Italy, and raised in New York. He started his first pizza shops in New York and Connecticut.
The Topeanos moved to California and continued starting pizza shops, including New York Pizza Kitchen in Napa and Parry’s Pizzeria in American Canyon. They ran a New York Pizza at a west Fairfield shopping center from 1994 to 2003.
Piero Tropeano said customers from Vacaville have come to the Fairfield restaurant in recent weeks, getting a preview of what is to come in their city.
The Vacaville shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and open much later Friday and Saturday, perhaps to 2 a.m. Sunday hours might be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Piero Tropeano said the hours will depend on how things go.
“If the people come, we’ll stay,” he said.
Go to www.bigitalianpizza.com for more information.
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