History - The Story Behind Vito and Nick's Famous Pizza
Our business started some 84 years ago. Vito & Nick's is a family owned business whose roots originated in Sicily. In 1923 Vito and Mary Barraco opened their first tavern located at Congress and Polk. In 1932 founder Vito Barraco opened a new location at 80th and Halsted calling it Vito's Tavern.
In 1939 Vito moved to 79th and Carpenter to include 8 restaurant tables and a bar where they served Italian sandwiches, sausage, beef and snacks. His son Nick joined the business in 1945 after being discharged from the Army Air force. Several years later the family expanded the business to include home cooked meals with Vito's wife Mary Barraco. They soon became known for inexpensive quality Italian dishes.
In 1946 with the help of Nick's mother they began making pizzas. This original Sicilian style pizza combined quality tomato sauce, carefully seasoned sausage, pure cheese, and a guarded dough recipe. This technique has made the pizza stand the test of time (for over 58 years) that Vito & Nick's have become famous for at their 84th and Pulaski location where they are still located today.
Through the years, Vito & Nick's has become a favorite dining and gathering spot for thousands of Chicagoans to enjoy the best thin crust pizza on the south side!
Now that you have a brief history of Vito and Nick's past, come see what thousands and thousands of customers already know about the present Vito and Nick's. The future promises another 100 years of "Awesome" pizza success. We hope to see you soon.
Nick Barraco - 1965 "We will never deliver, if they want a truly great pizza, they will come in for it." Nick was right. That quote and tradition still stands today at our Chicago location. Manja Bene Bevere Ese Felice
Welcome to the one... the only...
"Vito and Nick's Pizzeria!"
If you don't know about us you will.
We are a pizzeria restaurant that's been specializing in thin crust pizza, and fine italian dining for almost 90 years. We are family owned with many years of experience in making the best Chicago thin crust pizza anywhere!
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You HAVE to eat it, it lived up to the hype! - Dave Portnoy - El Presidente, Barstool Sports
Steps in the Franchise Process
1) Complete the application
2) Personal interview with Vito & Nick’s Pizzeria team
3) Receive and review Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)
4) Undergo credit and background checks
5) Proof of assets and financing
6) Secure Financing
7) Find a Suitable Location
8) Negotiate Lease
9) Letter of Intent to the Landlord
10) Construction begins
11) Begin training for franchisee and crew
12) Grand opening!
You will immediately notice the difference in doing business with Vito & Nick’s Pizzeria. We are passionate about providing a unique dining experience in the food industry. Because of this passion and commitment, we are a highly visible partner to our franchisees. We have established expert teams to support you in every aspect of your business – from site selection and lease negotiation to grand opening and systemwide marketing events.
Vito & Nick’s Pizzeria program provides complete franchise support, including:
Store Operations and Business Consulting Support
Research & Development
Real Estate and Development
Training is an integral part of our system. All franchisee’s go through three weeks of complete store operations training, with two days in a classroom setting. With five days of on-site training once a store opens, we continually provide ongoing training and support for franchise partners and their crew members.
Our success in franchising will be a targeted growth strategy, basing our development expansion decisions on the best locations and partners.
Vito & Nick’s Pizzeria likes to equate the nature of a franchisor/franchisee relationship to that of a good, committed partnership. Both parties need to engage in ongoing, transparent communication, commit to teamwork to reach established goals, provide superior support to one another when pursuing objectives, and consistently present a listening ear and willingness to collaborate and compromise, if needed.
We hope to partner with individuals who appreciate and can easily get on board with the operating spirit between the franchise community and corporate representatives. We strive to maintain a relationship of collaboration in order to reach mutually beneficial business goals – a must for a thriving long-standing relationship. Equally as important is a commitment to uphold our Vito & Nick’s Pizzeria operation standards and established brand personality. Vito & Nick’s desires to partner with individuals who possess a strong background in business operations and are able to demonstrate the passion to become owner operators.
8433 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60652
Tel. (773) 735-2050