NEWS

Oct
28
Testimonial: William Jones

Who: William Jones, GM - Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen - Mall of Louisiana


How long have you been with Villa: 25 years


How has Villa helped in your development: With Villa, I have been a Dishwasher, Cook, Cashier, Pizza Maker, New Store Opening Manager, Assistant Manager, and am currently a General Manager -- Villa has helped me to learn new skills and to improve on any weaknesses. Currently, I spend my time overseeing all operations of the business: recruiting, training, supervising the staff, and managing budgets.


What keeps you with Villa: The Guests, and our core values. Everyday making our Guests happy with great food and excellent service, and cooking the best Italian food in the universe. ...


Sep
27
Testimonial: Monica Nevarez


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Who: Monica Nevarez, GM - Camino de la Plaza, San Diego, CA


How long have you been with Villa: 7 years


How has Villa helped in your development: With Villa, I have been a Cashier, a Server, a Cook, a Pizza Maker, an Assistant Manager, and am currently a General Manager. So, to say Villa has helped a lot would be an understatement! I learn new things every day and am constantly challenged and learning to stay open to change and focus on our product, Guests, and Team Members.


What keeps you with Villa: There is always opportunity for growth. I believe this company is a great company to work for, because VRG believes in people's development, ambition is incentivized, and everyone's work ethic i...


Sep
10
Team Member Spotlight: Aivy Ariza

Aivy Ariza, Regional Property Manager of Scotto Properties, who has been with the Company since November of 2014, is our Spotlight Team Member. Reporting to Peter Realmonte, Executive Vice President of Scotto, she believes for an individual to succeed, they truly must love what they do.


Hence, Passion. Passion is Aivy's favorite of our Core Values, and she brings that to work with her every day. Overseeing all of Scotto’s NJ and FL properties including the Morristown Corporate Office and leading the leasing and maintenance team, Aivy portrays a team mentality that proves to accomplish so much more benefiting both the individual as well the company’s strength.


Throughout her experie...


Aug
26
Testimonial: Oscar Rodriguez Miranda


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Who: Oscar Rodriguez Miranda, GM - Citadel Mall, Colorado Springs


How long have you been with Villa: 14 years


How has Villa helped in your development: I started as an Hourly Team Member, and during my development I have held every position as a Cashier, Server, Cook, Pizza Maker and Hourly Assistant Manager. I had support and training from my Managers every step of the way, and the opportunity to grow and learn more has kept me with VRG all these years.


What keeps you with Villa: VRG is a great company to work for, especially because of how much support they give me. I like that company is always moving forward with new ideas to face new challenges. I also feel that the VRG culture is great...


Aug
08
VILLA RESTAURANT GROUP OPENS PIATTINO AT NEWARK LIBERTY INT.’L AIRPORT

NEWARK, NJ (July 31, 2019) – NJ based Villa Restaurant Group announces the opening of Piattino: A Neighborhood Bistro at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). Piattino, developed in partnership with Areas, a leading provider of food & beverage and retail services in the travel industry, creates the neighborhood bistro feel where friends and family gather for laughs, great conversation, and delicious food.


A statement wall in the restaurant features the Italian phrase Mangia Bene, Vivi Meglio which translates to Eat Well, Live Better. Piattino really takes the “eat well” part to heart. Indulge your inner foodie with the Herbed Milk Ricotta followed up by the Braised Vea...


Jul
29
Team Member Spotlight: Diego Mendia

Diego Mendia is a Multi-Unit General Manager for Newark Airport, where he manages Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen, Salsarita’s, and the upcoming Tony + Benny’s and Carlo’s Bakery. Diego started with VRG eleven years ago as a dishwasher and has worked his way up to a Multi-Unit General Manager. Diego cannot thank VRG enough for all the opportunities provided to him based on his hard work, family hospitality, integrity, innovation, successes and passion.





It is Diego’s passion for this business that provides his drive and energy to maximize his successes. Diego cannot speak enough praise for his mentor, Tony Scotti, Executive Vice President of the East Division explaining th...


Jul
22
Testimonial: Alan Moncrief


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Who: Alan Moncrief, General Manager of Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen at Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix, AZ




How long have you been with Villa: 2.5 years




How has Villa helped in your development: I was hired as a Pizza Maker, later became an Hourly Assistant Manager, and am now the General Manager. Villa has helped in my development by giving me training to increase my professional knowledge. The company has helped me to obtain my leadership role.




What keeps you with Villa: VRG is a great company to work for, especially because of how much support they give me. I like that company is always moving forward with new ideas to face new challenges. I also feel that the VRG culture is great -- t...


Jul
10
IT’S LITERALLY JUST THE CRUST

Villa Italian Kitchen Offers Guests an Order of Pizza Crusts Only


MORRISTOWN, NJ (July 10, 2019)Villa Italian Kitchen, one of America’s favorite quick-service pizza brands, has always been all about pizza, and knows there’s one thing all consumers can agree on: the crust is the best part of the slice! Highly coveted and a hot commodity, pizza crust is often saved as the last delicious doughy bites after a hot, fresh slice by carb-lovers everywhere. Now, Villa Italian Kitchen is proud to offer a tasty solution, and will be selling Just the Crust of its famed Neapolitan pizzas.


After receiving a record number of consumer inquiries regarding Villa Italian Kitchen’s crus...


Jun
11
Team Member Spotlight: Kelly Kukaj

Kelly Kukaj is the General Manager at Café Villa; a full-service restaurant in our 40North Division located in Chatham, New Jersey.


On April 4 , 2019 Kelly celebrated his 25th year at VRG. Kelly tells his career story with such passion. When he was hired, he said he was just looking for an opportunity to work and VRG gave that to him. He started as a dishwasher and as he learned the business VRG gave him the opportunity to grow with the company. He worked his way through different positions until ultimately becoming the General Manager at Café Villa the same restaurant he started in 25 years ago.


Kelly’s says integrity is his favorite of all the VRG Core Values. He is an ho...


Jun
11
Testimonial: Patty Cobian


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Who: Patty Cobian, General Manager of Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen at Chandler Fashion Center – Chandler, AZ


How long have you been with Villa: 5 years



How has Villa helped in your development
: I started as an Assistant Manager our Metro Center location in Phoenix, AZ, and was quickly promoted to a General Manager. Villa has reinforced my previous knowledge and skills through innovative training programs. I have learned new skills with the implementation of new systems and programs.



What keeps you with Villa: I stay with VRG because I learn something new every day; the business is in constant change and it offers new challenges that allows me to grow. I always have support from upper...