Michele Scotto founded Villa Pizza when he set out to realize his own American Dream. His natural skills for hospitality, savvy entrepreneurism, and a mentality to never accept ‘No’, were the forces behind Villa’s early success, and are still part of VRG’s cultural fabric today.
What started in 1964 as a tiny pizzeria next to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City has grown into an international organization with a portfolio of over twenty quick service and full service restaurant brands.View VRG's timeline
September 17, 1964
In an exciting milestone, Villa Italian Kitchen made a debut at Orlando International Airport, serving up their signature slices to travelers from around the world. The excitement didn't stop there – the same year, they earned a well-deserved spotlight in Pizza Today Magazine, showcasing their dedication to crafting exceptional pizza experiences. Cheers to Villa Italian Kitchen's airport adventure and their slice of fame in the pizza world!
Continuing its long history of operations at Newark Liberty International Airport, VRG opened four locations in Terminal B: three quick-service restaurants pre-security and one full-service restaurant, Piattino Neighborhood Bistro, post-security. This Piattino opening marked two firsts for the 40North division: the first airport location and the first franchise location.
VRG's opening of seven locations at Newark Airport in the brand new Terminal A marked a significant milestone. The project also showcased their first locations with Starbucks and Shake Shack, which were the first of many multi-unit deals, as well as a noteworthy first for their Office and Town brands within an airport.