Papa Gino's History
Papa Gino's began nearly 40 years ago as a single East Boston pizza shop. When the family of Papa Gino's founder, Michael Valerio, sailed from Italy to Boston in 1936, they brought with them authentic Italian family recipes handed down through generations. These were the recipes Michael and his wife, Helen, used when they opened their first pizzeria, Piece O' Pizza. This restaurant soon became known throughout Boston as the place to go for pizza of superior quality and unique flavor.
Continuing to perfect their business systems, they drew more and more customers to their restaurant by providing a family atmosphere and authentic Italian dishes. In 1968, they changed the name to Papa Gino's and began expanding throughout the Boston area.
Today, you can get Papa's signature quality and unique flavor at nearly 180 Papa Gino's Restaurants throughout New England. But you can get more than a "Piece O' Pizza" at today's Papa Gino's. We now offer a full line of subs, salads, and other Italian specialties to complement our classic pizza.
Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation, Inc. is committed to building upon the legacy of the founders' principles and values to provide high-quality products, attentive service, clean, convenient, attractive restaurants, and a premium value experience for every guest. Customer loyalty closely parallels the company's employee loyalty. "Our guests tell us in taste test after taste test that our products and services are the best," says Chief Executive Officer Tom Galligan. "That's why so many guests have become like family, returning again and again. In addition, our employees become part of our family."
The company culture, which is characterized by our values, a strong work ethic and the fair treatment of people, includes a large number of people who have literally spent their entire working lives in these restaurants, keeping the passion for excellence alive.
On March 1, 1967, "Ma Riva's Sub Shop" in Dedham, Massachusetts opened its doors. The philosophy was simple: put the best quality meats, cheese, and ingredients in the freshest breads, and serve it in a quick, friendly way.
Later the name was changed to Angelo and then added the letter D -- for delicious. And D'Angelo would serve as a pioneer in lunch offerings, making it possible for guests on the go to enjoy delicious, healthy options like fresh salads and Syrian pockets, made to order.
In August of 1997, Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation, the parent company of Papa Gino's, acquired D'Angelo, creating an unparalleled combination in the quick service restaurant industry. Today, D'Angelo's menu includes over 44 sandwiches as well as a variety of soups and fresh-made salads.
Together, D'Angelo and Papa Gino's share a commitment to provide high-quality products, attentive service, clean, convenient, attractive restaurants, and a premium value experience for every guest. With more than 200 D'Angelo Sandwich Shops and nearly 170 Papa Gino's restaurants, they serve more than 50 million guests every year, enjoying tremendous loyalty from both employees and guests.