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Big Changes For Gianni's Pizza And Italian Ristorante

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Posted: Monday, January 7, 2019 12:00 am

Regular patrons of Gianni's Pizza and Italian Ristorante in Hillsboro were dismayed when they found out that the newly relocated pizzeria would no longer feature a dine-in option, but based on the three months that it took to sit owner, Vince Vitale, down for an interview, it is easy to gauge that the change has not kept the local favorite from flourishing.

The Italian restaurant, previously located along Hillsboro's Main Street, moved to its permanent location at 1233 Vandalia Road, on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. With the move came several new changes, including the decision to exclusively offer only pick-up and delivery options. Gianni's prides itself on being a family-oriented restaurant operating within a family-oriented community and being able to spend more time with his wife and young children influenced Vitale's decision to downsize the restaurant's services.

"Operating a full service restaurant requires a lot of time and energy and with a young family it was becoming a double-edged sword," stated Vitale. "Any time that I was away from the restaurant I felt guilty that I was not there, growing my business, yet it did not leave a lot of time for me to be Dad. My wife, Jen, and I spent a lot of time ruminating on how we could find a better balance of work and home life. The idea of only offering pick-up and delivery services had been intriguing to me for awhile, and when the opportunity to purchase our new building came along, I decided to take a leap of faith."

Gianni's has been a staple along Main Street for almost ten years, first opening in 2009, and it was a difficult decision to leave the downtown area but the Vitales could not turn down the chance to finally own their own building, especially one that was already fully equipped for a pizzeria.

"When the building went up for sale it felt like it was a sign. I miss being downtown but it has been a good move; it was definitely the right decision. It has been a surprisingly fluid transition. All of our regular customers have stuck with us and they have been a really positive influence as we navigate this new venture and we have gotten a lot of new customers as well. It has been a very busy three months."       

The Gianni's  Hillsboro location also underwent a menu revamp with several new additions and a much clamored for grab-and-go lunch option which features a super-sub option that includes half a sandwich, chips and a soda for $6, a pizza by-the-slice option which includes a large slice of pizza, a salad and a soda for $5 and a fully-stocked salad bar. A grab-and-go lunch option was something that Vitale and his right-hand man, Colt Dean, had wanted to expand into for a while and the new move presented the perfect time to offer an affordable, quick and health-conscious option to Hillsboro's lunch crowd.  

Patrons may also purchase  favored restaurant items for at-home use, such as the popular house dressing, through the  newly carried line of Gianni's market items. The market items are currently offered on a trial basis with room to expand to more options depending on customer demand.

However, the restaurant is not the only part of the business that is thriving. Gianni's Catering service is hard at work behind the scenes of many local events. The restaurant collaborated with the Opera House Brewing Company, also of Hillsboro, to create a unique dining experience for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Beer Pairing Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 1, and most recently catered Hillsboro Area Hospital's employee holiday party. Part of the decision to downsize from a full service restaurant was that it would allow Vitale and Dean the chance to focus on expanding the restaurant's catering services.

Those who have not yet gotten the chance to try out Gianni's Hillsboro location may find a full menu on the restaurant's website at

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