CHESTERTON | The taste is what convinced Scott Pendleton that Villa Nova pizza would be his next venture.
Pendleton and his wife, Michelle, own two Dairy Queens in Chesterton. He was planning to expand into other areas when, at the invitation of its proprietor, he and his family visited the Villa Nova Pizza restaurant in New Buffalo.
Although under different ownership, the Michigan location is an offshoot of the 57–year–old original Villa Nova Pizza in Stikney, Ill., using the same pizza recipe and the identical ingredients.
“Scott decided to look into it,” said Mark Summers, Villa Nova Pizzeria Bistro’s general manager and Pendleton’s boyhood friend. “He really liked the product and decided it would be a good fit.
“The pizza you get from us is the same as the original recipe and ingredients are from the same supplier,” he said. “There’s no variation at all. It’s a thin crust – cracker thin – pizza crust. Everyone talks about the crust. It has good flavor and our ingredients are top of the line.”
Unlike the other locations, the Chesterton restaurant is more than a pizza place.
“What makes us different from the others is that Scott wanted to take this in a new direction and make it more upscale,” said Summers, who had previously worked for a national restaurant chain. “Unlike the others we have a broader menu
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