Between 1971 and 1975 Jerry (my father), Joe and Carlo Finazzo (both my uncles) opened and closed an Amato's Pizza in Burlington, NJ., a Finazzo's Pizza in Riverside, NJ. and an Italian Delight Pizza in Willingboro, NJ.. No matter any of their restaurants names, customer service has always been an important part of running a business.  With that being said it was the Amato's Pizza pizzeria in Burlington, NJ where Jerry fell in love with beautiful and superior head waitress, Paula (my mom).  In 1975 a family friend, Salvatore Vitali (inspiration to the name Sal's Pizza) found a prime location to own a pizzeria in Charlottesville, VA.. Uncle Carlo stayed in NJ. while Uncle Joe and my father (along with wife Paula and daughter Christina) packed up and moved to VA..  Sal's Pizza was the first pizzeria co-owned by Joe and Jerry.  It was located in Charlottesville's Shoppers World shopping center off of 29N.  Sal's Pizza being the first real "pizzeria" in Charlottesville, and surrounding areas, most of the C'ville locals remember, loved and enjoyed what it offered and brought to the town.  As Charlottesville began to grow, Jerry and Joe made a decision to split up and open their very own pizzerias.  In their search for new locations Joe found a spot on the Historic Downtown Mall (originally named Sal's Italian Delight but currently named Sal's Cafe Italia). Jerry immediately fell in love with the small town and big-hearted people of Crozet, VA.    

        Today there are  3 generations of our Finazzo family that all work together preparing delicious authentic Italian foods, pizzas and traditional American cuisine.  In addition we also have an extensive gluten-free menu that includes pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, beer and ciders.  We use our pizza dough to make fresh  "pizza bread" daily for all of our subs, including our famous cheesesteak, chicken parmigiana and Italian subs. On our menu we also have delicious desserts including our made-to-order glazed and cinnamon/sugar "dough-nut sundae",  served hot and topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce.  They are a must!  So if you haven't been yet please come dine with us for an experience you will never forget.

Family Story

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