Team Member Spotlight: Inocente Rayas

This month, we are proud to shine our spotlight on Inocente Rayas!


Inocente is an Assistant Manager, Villa Italian Kitchen - Phoenix Premium Outlets for the past 22 years. He is a dedicated team member committed to his work, responsible, excellent guest service always ready for the new changes of the VRG. Above all, he likes to share his experiences and knowledge with each team members who start within the VRG. For all that and more he deserve to be recognized for long career with VRG.

Thank you for your contribution to VRG, Inocente -- we appreciate your passion in all that you do!


Guests Invited to Experience the Brand’s 4th North Jersey Location with 40 Rotating Beers on Tap and More!

MORRISTOWN, NJ (January 2, 2019) — The Office Tavern Grill, serving modern twists on traditional American comfort classics, is proud to announce the official opening of its newest location, coming to East Hanover, New Jersey on Monday, January 20. The new location in East Hanover, at 240 Route 10 in the Hanover Commons, will be the fourth incarnation for the brand statewide, and will feature outdoor seating with a fire pit and expansive space inside the restaurant for approximately 160 guests. The Office Tavern Grill is the perfect venue for events year-round, and is able to ...

Testimonial: Miranda Kuhrt

Who: Miranda Kuhrt - Server at Black Horse Tavern & Pub in Mendham, NJ

How long have you been with Villa: 3 months

How has Villa helped in your development: I have only been with Villa a short time as a Server, but have already learned so much -- and I'm happy to be with a company that is helping me to save up for college.

What keeps you with Villa: I love our Guests, and the incredible staff here at the Black Horse! The people I work with are the most wonderful part of every day.

What sets Villa apart in the industry: The atmosphere of our staff and managers really sets VRG apart from other restaurant groups -- things with Villa are always professional, but feel laid back and familial.

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Testimonial: Christina Running

Who: Christina Running - Bartender at Steelworks at Wind Creek in Bethlehem, PA

How long have you been with Villa: 5 years

How has Villa helped in your development: With Villa, I have been a Server, Trainer, Bartender, and Keyholder. Overall, the company has given me the resources I needed to succeed and grow.

What keeps you with Villa: I like taking care of the Guests! That, and the consistent opportunity to grow further within the company.

What sets Villa apart in the industry: First and foremost, we are family-oriented. I pride myself on treating every Guest as though they were in my own home. We offer all types of cuisine, and have a fine attention to detail that we give our Guests.

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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. ...

Testimonial: Monica Nevarez


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...

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...

Testimonial: Oscar Rodriguez Miranda


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...


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...

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...