A Taste Of Sicily

A father-and-son duo have opened a new Italian pizzeria, Vinny’s, in Jamestown.

“We wanted to try something new,” said Gioachino Donisi, one of the owners of Vinny’s.

Gioachino, a high school senior at Jamestown High School, is a first-generation American. His family came over on the boat from Sicily. Gioachino’s dream is becoming a New York state trooper. He already took some criminal justice courses at BOCES. He will be going to Jamestown Community College for criminal law in the fall.

Vince Donisi, his father, originally worked as a construction worker, but he wanted to venture into something new for his son to fall back on when he gets older. He decided on a pizzeria due to his experience with bread while back in Sicily.

“Back in Sicily, when my dad was back there with my family, they had a bread factory,” said Gioachino. “My dad already knew some of it (how to make bread), and while he was growing up, he didn’t have anybody. He used to cook everything. So, he would learn everything, and he started passing it down to me.”

Vinny’s, as a result, makes more of an Italian pizza than an American pizza. The major differences between the two countries’ pizza, according to Gioachino, is that Italian pizza is thicker, includes more topping and uses homemade dough.

The pizzeria building, at one point, belonged to their cousins, whose business had closed.

“We couldn’t find anywhere else, and we know she closed, so we said, Jump on it,'” said Gioachino. “We opened up – got everything remodeled. Everything looks good in there and cleaned up. It looks perfect in there.”

Vinny’s does dine-in, carry out and delivery, and offers various daily specials such as a buffet from Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., all-you-can-eat pizza on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. and spaghetti dinner on Fridays from 5-9 p.m.

Vinny’s also plans on doing a fish fry on Friday nights, and depending on how business goes, breakfast.

Vinny’s is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. They can be found at 792 E. Second St. in Jamestown, and can be contacted at 720-5728.