Villa Italian Kitchen was founded with one store, one family and one concept in 1964, when our founder, Michele “Michael” Scotto brought his authentic old-world recipes from Naples, Italy to New York City. Michele’s commitment to hospitality, quality ingredients, like homemade dough, 100% whole milk mozzarella and fresh sauce and the strict loyalty to those now famous recipes, built the business. From that first Villa Pizza that opened in 1964, next to the CBS/Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway, to nearly 250 Villa Italian Kitchen restaurants worldwide, our commitment to quality and genuine hospitality remains the basis of our foundation.
In 2014, Villa Italian Kitchen and its parent company Villa Restaurant Group celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Today, Villa is under the leadership of Michele’s two sons … Biagio “Ben” Scotto and Anthony Scotto. Together, they continue the vision and passion of their father … extending the genuine hospitality inspired by their father.
Villa Restaurant Group (VRG) is a restaurant operator and franchisor with a global portfolio of nearly 350 restaurants in 42 states, as well as 5 other countries. We offer 4 unique QSR franchise brands with a variety of food choices to appeal to an array of appetites and business portfolios. Opening a Villa franchise is a great way to start your own business, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. We invite you to explore all of our franchise opportunities and learn how becoming a part of the Villa family could be the key to your financial future.
Here at Villa Restaurant Group, we not only know what our customers expect from us, but we also understand who our franchisees are and what they need to run a successful QSR concept. That’s how our corporate team is able to offer an unparalleled level of support and franchise training to new members of the Villa family. From starting the application process, to getting one of our QSR franchises opened, and through the entire life of the operation, we are here to help.
With 50 years of experience behind us, Villa Restaurant Group is able to provide sound operational knowledge as well as expertise in best practices and procedures for opening and sustaining a profitable food service business. The systems and practices that have made us a successful operator for decades are the exact same guidelines that we will share with you, as a franchisee.
With more than 370 corporate and franchised locations around the world, we can provide our franchisees with valuable insights into industry trends and an understanding of what needs to happen at the store level on a day-to-day basis in order to succeed. Starting the day you sign the franchise agreement, a Franchise Operations Consultant (FOC) is available to help and guide you through the process of opening your restaurant and operating the business.