In Italian culture, pranzo is the most important meal of the day. It's the time when families stop whatever they're doing to gather around the table. Pranzo is meant to be enjoyed with the company of others- whether it's a budding friendship or a lifelong partnership.
The story of pranzo
Ever since I was a kid, I've had a dream of having my own restaurant. Watching my parents grapple with the chaos of running their own pizza place yet love what they did enchanted me. When I opened Pranzo at our first location on Vine street in 2007, I wanted to share my nostalgic experience of my family's love, bewilderment, and passion for the restaurant. Since our opening, we've been constantly evolving and using our creative ambition to expand past our comfort zone. We quickly outgrew the space on Vine, and spent over a year tenderly remodeling an defunct abandoned storefront on the strip. Once it was completed, we moved our our operation to downtown Willoughby in the darkness of night, and opened for business the following evening. And we've been churning out fresh pasta, baking
wood fired pizzas, and sautéing every meal with the same burning passion as when we first opened our doors. Because I see it as more than a restaurant; I see everyone at Pranzo as a guest in my home. Where everyone can gather together, pour a good bottle of wine, and laugh over a great meal. And like any lived-in home, you can expect the restaurant to undergo changes throughout its life- like our lounge, patio, and garden (to name a few). Stop in for a while, even if just to say hello- you never know what we might be cooking up.