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Shannon Vezeau prepares a pizza Friday at Evelyn's Big Italian Pizzeria & Ristorante. The pizzeria is opening a second location in Vacaville. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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Evelyn’s Pizza coming to Vacaville

By From page A10 | May 12, 2014

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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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • BMay 12, 2014 - 8:17 am

    Hope it happens on the 21st. Dates got pushed back twice I believe, they make some killer food.

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  • 2realMay 12, 2014 - 6:08 pm

    Geez vacaville can u come up with a restaurant by yourself. Everything fairfield has u copy cat. Do u want some of our murders too?

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  • JaneMay 12, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    Hopefully they'll learn from their mistakes in Fairfield and provide better customer service in Vacaville. I personally have been mistreated twice by Mr. Tropeano. One time he charged my credit card twice and refused to pay me back. The bank had to take care of it for me. Their Yelp reviews are terrible!

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  • BarbaraJuly 02, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Myself and eleven other women met for dinner last night and it was one of the worst meals I have ever eaten and the service was deplorable. There was hardly anyone in the restaurant and the orders for our table were received over about a 45 minute period. The oil and balsamic was served with stale bread and the oil was disgusting. None of the antipasti orders contained the same ingredients and it was served on a bed of bitter greens. The slice of pizza was disgusting. It was lukewarm, tasteless and greasy! The coke ordered was flat and when sent back the waitress got it from the bar and it tasted watered down. One of the ladies asked to speak to the manager and someone from the bar was sent over. The manager finally appeared and denied there was anything wrong with the coke machine. I don't know why they would allow something like this to be served. The sauce on the Ziti looked like it had sat around all day and was bone dry. Nope, will not even give it another chance.

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