If Western New York is known for one thing is has to be great pizza and tasty chicken wings.
Just thinking about it makes me hungry!
Being a part of what makes this area so great, Brothers Tom, Al, and Billy work hard every day to provide hot and fresh pizza, subs, and wings, baked by them just for you.
“What we try to do is concentrate on what we do well and do it right,” remarked Co-Owner of Nonna’s Pizzeria, Tom.
Taking over Nonna’s Pizzeria, located at 4538 Broadway, in Depew, in July 2003, Nonna’s has been a part of the Depew community for more than 15 years.
Since high school, Tom has always held jobs in the restaurant business or in some way was affiliated with the food service industry. So, it was a natural fit for him to take over Nonna’s. He also felt that as an owner of a pizzeria it would give him the opportunity to be more personable with his customers compared to owning a fine restaurant.
“We are right here in the community,” said Tom. [Customers] know that between myself and my brothers one of us is always here working and cooking. They know they get the same quality food every time they come in. If they ever have any questions they know they can talk to us.”
Tom added they do a lot with helping out in the community. They work with the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Depew and sponsor a variety of events throughout the year.
“We are part of the community and we try to stay involved. If someone needs something for a fund-raiser they know one of us will be here,” said Tom. “They can come and talk to us versus some places you go to, the owner might be working there once in a while. We are here day in and day out and we care about our business, we care about the food, and the customers.”
A couple of food items Nonna’s is known for are of course their pizza and chicken wings. Tom said they don’t mess around when it comes to wings.
“We make sure we get the biggest chicken wings that we can get for our customers,” he said.
Also, some other “must try’s” are Nonna’s steak hoagie pizza, which consists of steak, sweet peppers, onions, mushrooms, hoagie sauce, and mozzarella cheese.
“We make really good steak subs,” remarked Tom. “The reason why is we actually use tenderloin when we cook it up. It makes it come out really nice. It’s a little bit different some people have to get used to it at first, because when we cut it up, we cut it up into chunks and bits versus shredding the steak.”
In addition, new to the menu are Nonna’s pasta dishes such as penne pasta and sauce and baked pasta. Also, the pizzeria just recently started offering drop off or pick up catering for parties and holidays.
Everything made at Nonna’s Pizzeria is Tom’s, Al’s, and Billy’s own recipes and to work in the food industry Tom commented it is important to like your own food and you have to eat it.
“I joke around with the employees all the time and say if you go into a restaurant and you see a whole bunch of skinny people working there, leave,” remarked Tom. “Because they’re not eating their own food, and they’re not trying it, and they don’t like it.”
But with all joking aside, Tom’s passion can be seen through his food and he enjoys coming to work every day to serve his customers.
“It’s going to sound cheesy, but when I first graduated college I left Buffalo and I went to work in New York City and I’m telling you there is such a difference between people’s attitudes and the way they talk there versus here. Here I don’t mind coming into work and I enjoy talking with customers.”
For a full menu and specials customers can visit www.nonnas.biz/. To contact Nonna’s call 681-4444. Hours of operation are: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Also Tom mentioned that if a customer doesn’t see exactly what they want on the menu, he can make almost anything, they just have to let them know.