New Italian restaurant to open in Crestview

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By Caitlin Randle | 682-6524 | @cnb_crandle |

CRESTVIEW — Italian restaurant Vitaliano Pizza, Pasta & More will open in Crestview sometime next month.

On the menu will be Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in a brick oven, homemade pastas such as lasagna, tagliolini with meat sauce, spaghetti with clams and gnocchi.

There will also be classic Italian recipes, including veal and chicken cacciatore, tiramisu and panna cotta. 

“Our favorite dishes are the authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas and the homemade lasagna, the tagliolini and gnocchi,” said owner Giuseppe Vitagliano. “We always use fresh ingredients with high quality.” 

A native Italian, Vitagliano said he moved to California with his wife and daughter in 2012 before moving to Crestview last July. 

“We love this country,” Vitagliano said. “The sea and the beaches are beautiful like in Italy, the people are so friendly and the schools are good for our 8-year-old daughter.” 

When asked why he chose to open an Italian restaurant in Crestview, he said because the city could use an authentic Italian restaurant. 

The restaurant — 398 E Hickory Ave, Crestview — will open in February. They are planning to hire four to five servers and dishwashers. 

Vitagliano will also be the chef and master pizza maker. He worked as a chef in his family’s restaurant in Asti, Italy since he was 12. 

Vitagliano’s wife, Daniela, will manage the restaurant.

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