Founders Sergio and Maria Pullo, and Frank and Antonietta D'Eramo, opened the doors to this local favorite in the spring of 1986, with the help of Sergio and Maria's two children, Pierina and Robert. The two couples had emigrated from Ripi, Italy, a small town
90 miles southeast of Rome, in 1973.
Many of the early recipes were passed down from relatives in Italy, where food is not just for sustenance, but also for added enjoyment to life. The couples contributed their unique passion for Italian food, including homemade sauces, pastas, pizza dough, soups, cheesecake....
The restaurant's reputation and number of daily guests – year-round residents across the region, snowbirds, and travelers passing by – grew steadily.
After nearly thirty-three years, the founders decided it was time to retire. In late 2018, Victoria and John Bedford, having returned to Florida after two decades in colder climates, discovered this delightful, family restaurant on State Road 54 in Zephyrhills. The timing and match were perfect for the Pullos to transfer ownership to the Bedfords. Their first order of business: discovering and preserving the best traditions of this local favorite as we enter the next chapter in the restaurant’s enduring history.
Enthusiastic customer response continues, as evidenced by a dining room at lunch and dinner filled with sounds of laughter and delight from hundreds of repeat customers
joined by many first-timers from across the region.
During your visit we hope that you experience warm hospitality paired with unmatched love of cooking
that will make us your favorite destination whenever you are in the mood to enjoy more of
"The Gift of Authentic Italian Food."
John & Victoria Bedford
Local Owners/Operators as of January 1, 2019
"Everyone provided exceptional service.
The food was authentic and flavorful.
Couldn't have asked for a better dining experience."
"Fantastic pizza! True New York style.
Decent prices as well."
"First time and we will definitely go back.
Great food and service."