What’s tried, true and wildly popular in Ledyard and
Westerly is now coming to Montville! Richie Vetrano, owner of Valentino’s
Pizzeria in Ledyard, is expanding and bringing his New York style pizza recipe
across the Thames River to Montville.
“We’re excited to make new friends and plant the same seeds
we started 20 years ago in Ledyard,” he said.
The new venture is called Nino’s Pizzeria and will be
located at 1031 Route 32 in Uncasville. It will move in where Goodfella’s Pizza
“It’s all about putting my kids through college at this
point,” he said of his girls who range in age from 12 to 18. “It’s all about me
trying to ease that pain of paying for college.”
Even though Nino’s Pizzeria is brand new, it’s like most
things in Vetrano’s life – it has deep roots.
“Nino’s is a very important name to me,” he said. “It was
the nickname for my grandfather Antonio and it’s the name of the first pizza
place I worked at in Long Island.”
And it’s also a big clue as to what kind of pizza you’ll get
at Nino’s. Vetrano said they’ll be hand tossing the dough and cooking it on the
stone without a pan. He said the crust should be thin and crispy.
Unlike his previous ventures in Ledyard and Westerly where
he has several partners invested in each location, Vetrano will be on his own
“It feels fantastic, it’s a dream come true,” he said.
Hopes are that Nino’s is open by the third week in June or
July 1 at the very latest.
He said hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and they
will deliver. Call 860-848-2020 for more information.