General manager and co-owner Luca Iovine smiles (and almost blushes) when he recounts the many reasons why he and his father chose the present site in the heart of Richboro to open his bustling new restaurant/pizza place, Gianni’s.
“We were always fans of Richboro, as well as the people who are part of this close-knit community,” he explained, “and we wanted Gianni’s to be part of that feeling as well.”
Iovine said that his father is also partners in two other successful business locations operating under the names of Brother’s Pizza and Peppi’s Pizza. They are both located in Langhorne.
So when these savvy businessmen wanted to expand, they had the skills and wherewithal to make Gianni’s happen. The timing was right and even in this economy, they took the plunge and opened in mid-July. And they’re glad they did.
Gianni’s offers an outstanding selection of pizza choices, toppings, and all kinds of Italian favorites, including pasta dishes and chicken parmigiana.
“Our best-selling item is our plain pizza,” Iovine pointed out. “What makes our pizza so good is that we have a great crust that we make in-house and a special secret sauce that we top with a cheese mix that my father has been using for years.”
Iovine also highly recommends the garlic bread cheese steak and names this as his personal favorite.
Gianni’s also provides eat-in, take-out, catering, and free and fast delivery. The delivery service is a new add-on to the business for the owners, but a challenge they welcomed, and so far it’s working out just fine. Gianni’s takes pride in taking orders quickly and courteously, and in filling them and delivering them correctly, Iovine said.
“We make it a point not to mix up orders,” he added. “That was always a pet peeve of mine when that happened to me.”
The BYOB restaurant invites patrons to bring their own wine or beer and relax over a delicious pizza or yummy meal. It’s easy to want to hang around and linger here with the satiating aromas that fill the space within and permeate outside. These flavorful scents not only entice in-house diners, but also customers who pop in to pick up orders or drive by on busy Bustleton Pike.
Iovine stressed that Gianni’s concentrates on providing outstanding service as well, noting that in his experience, it’s the quality of service that is the keynote to success.
“And that’s what you get at Gianni’s,” said Iovine.“That’s why I am here pretty much all of the time ... to make sure that we have quality service and that it’s consistent. That’s what keeps customers coming back, especially in this economy.”
Iovine enjoys getting to know his customers because “at Gianni’s,” he said, “we want everyone to feel at home, like they’ve been coming here for years.”
And when you taste this delectable pizza as I did recently, watch out: the sensational taste might just “hit you in the eye like a big pizza pie,” as the words of the classic lyrics, made popular by Dean Martin, suggest.
Gianni’s Pizza is located at 842 Bustleton Pike in Richboro. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Call (215) 322-7616 for more information.