Our Story

In order to tell the story of how La Villa came to be in 1982 properly, we must go back three decades before. In 1955 my Uncle, Gino Branchinelli opened the family’s first Pizzeria on 5th avenue and Bay ridge. He along with my Other Uncle, Antonio opened more locations around Brooklyn and in 1960 opened Gino’s Italian Ices on 39th street as well.  In the late 60’s My Father Benito joined my uncle at his current location in Long Beach, Long Island which opened in 1962.  After 14 years there, my Father decided to leave Long Beach. In the spring of 1982, along with other family members, he opened the La Villa Located in the Lindenwood section of Howard Beach.  The Pizzeria was small with seating for only about 25-30 people, but it was always standing room only!   The Italian ice Factory and my cousin Emilio and Uncle Mario’s pizzeria in Long Island, was where I spent my summers and weekends. Soon Pizza became my only interest!  Every day with their teachings and tough love, their passions began to pass on to me!   In 1986 I decided to leave NYU business school during my senior year to take La Villa over from my father with the help of my sister Irene and mom, Maurina. With long hours and hard work from my family and dedicated workers, the little 35 seat pizzeria in Howard Beach became very popular. Recent renovations have now expanded to seat over 100 with outdoor garden seating and the addition of two large Wood fired Pizza ovens.


About 1990 knowing that we were well established we thought it was a good time to seek out an additional location.  With the help and partnership of a super energetic 19 year old Howard Beach kid, Louis Colello, our second location opened in 1992 on Avenue U in Mill Basin, Brooklyn.  There as well we quickly grew out of our 35 seat location and in only a couple of years later expanded the store by moving over to the then retired Mr. Minetti’s hardware store.  Not long after that did another young Italian kid from Brooklyn named Frankie, join our staff and later became manager and eventually current partner at the Mill Basin store!


In early 2000, with two locations and a handful of dedicated mangers, we again began scout for an additional location.  Once again we set our sights on Brooklyn and began to decide on various locations.  It was no coincidence then when we discovered the current location I felt strangely comfortable.  At the time I had no idea that this was the exact area my family shopped and frequented when we lived in Sunset Park back in the 60’s and early 70’s.  My mother would visit Vinny the Butcher (who by the way was a paesano from Salerno!) at least a few times a week, and was located on 5th  avenue.  Not to mention that Mr. Scicchitano’s original A&S pork store founded in 1947 was also on 5th!   We news got out in the family that we were opening again in Brooklyn  we received the greatest blessing from my Uncle Gino who started up on 5th avenue in 1955!  On Memorial Day 2003 we opened Park Slope with my Sister Irene, my manager of Howard Beach, Billy and my longtime friend and manger of Mill Basin, Lenny!  And To this day my mother Maurina can still be found in the early morning prep making sure the pomodoro sauce has the right amount of olive oil or in the evening jumping behind the busy line to sauté!



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    5 star ratingThis place deserves a 5 Star! Service was amazing, food is all homemade and delicious. I've visited this place more... read more

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    5 star ratingPerfect spot for breakfast. Staff was friendly and service was amazing. They have various choices for breakfast but my favorite... read more

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  • 5 star ratingThis is a hidden gem with an amazing grandma slice and delicious baked clams. This pizza has the one of... read more

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    5 star ratingLa Villa never disappoints! The Roman pie and the Caprese pizza is my all time favorite. The Roman pie has... read more

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    5 star ratingThe place is so good The tomato sauce is so good Can't stop eating this food Eggplant Parm delicious Balsamic... read more

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  • 5 star ratingi come here every time for my birthday and they always serve with full quality. all of their food tastes... read more

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    5 star ratingBest pizza place in the area. I order here all the time. I always get the bufala margherita and it... read more

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    5 star ratingMy favorite Italian restaurant in parkslope because delicious pasta and pizza. My favorite meal is spaghetti garlic and oil.... read more

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  • 5 star ratingNot Your typical Pizza Joint! Don't come here if you eat $1 pizza! Try the variety of Sicilian pizzas they... read more

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    5 star ratingOne of the best places in this area, Bagels are always fresh and staff is courteous and speedy. Prices are... read more

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    James S.

    5 star ratingAwesome pizza spot in park slope! I got the grandma slice and zucchini slice, both delicious. The ingredients taste really fresh!

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  • 5 star ratingHave been coming to La VIlla for quite a while now - mostly the one in park slope... but this... read more

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    5 star ratingGreat bagels, good price ,my Sunday morning go toI love bagels and themuffins are delicious There's a nice seating area... read more

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    5 star ratingMy husband and I just ate here for lunch. We ordered the following: pasta with zucchini, fried chicken sandwich... read more

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  • 5 star ratingGreat Italian food. The love is clean. The staff is nice. Please see the video for food.

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    5 star ratingAlways something tasty to order from their menu bagels modified to your specifications. You get good amount of enjoyable food... read more

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    5 star ratingA little pricey but very good. The bread basket is generous and tasty (not just sliced bread but flat onion... read more

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  • 5 star ratingNice variety of bagels. Fast service. Bagel with lox spread has good size pieces of real lox (thick layer of... read more

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    Leela M.

    5 star ratinghonestly one of the best places for italian in brooklyn. one the bread that they give for free in the... read more

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    5 star ratingThis place is so delicious! The pizza is amazing with its fresh, authentic ingredients! It's PERFECT!! Also, the bread they... read more

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  • 5 star ratingThe staff is competent and friendly and warm; the food is excellent and the environment is modern and nice.This is... read more

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    5 star ratingGreat food.. i love their fresh bagels.. and the staff is very nice.. great atmosphere, very nice place to have... read more

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    5 star ratingAlways delicious, the staff are always nice, helpful and professional and delivery is on point in a timely fashion. The... read more

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