Vitale's on Leonard
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Vitale's is dedicated to serving the best pizza and Italian food in Grand Rapids, MI. The perfect setting for get-togethers with friends or family, you are sure to enjoy our traditional Italian dishes!
Vitale's Italian Restaurant is a local Grand Rapids landmark where the Vitale family earned its legendary start in the pizza business. It began when Giuseppe (Joseph) Vitale immigrated from Sicily to Grand Rapids and encouraged his brother Salvatore (Sam) Vitale to join him.
Joe and Sam knew the value of hard work. A throwback to the Depression Era when as youngsters after completing elementary school they went to work to help support their family. In 1962, Joe opened his first business "Pizza Queen" on Stocking Avenue on the Grand Rapids Northwest side. Four years later he opened a second Pizza Queen located on Leonard Street NE. for his brother. Sam shortly after changed the name to Vitales and is still running it today.
Both businessmen used the same time-tested recipes brought over by Joe from the old country. Even today they continue to insist on creating their own dough, sauces, and home-made sausage.
Sam Vitale is always thankful to the people of Grand Rapids for the opportunities he found here and for being able to realize the American Dream.