Family recipes give Buttitta’s homemade

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Family-owned and operated, Buttitta’s Pizzeria made its grand opening Jan. 17 in Fishers. Located on 116th Street, the pizzeria’s rich tradition dates back to 1966 and serves authentic Italian- and Sicilian-style pizza, and Italian sandwiches. The family recipes have been in the Buttitta family for more than 70 years.

Owner Jeff Buttitta said, “My mother and father opened our first restaurant in 1966 in Champaign, Ill., and packed customers in for years.”

Buttitta works full time at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club and manages the business and marketing aspect of the pizzeria on the side. Buttitta’s brother, John Buttitta, who has more than 40 years of experience in the restaurant business, handles day-to-day operations. The brothers gained experience and motivation from managing their father’s restaurant.

“My mom and dad believed in a simple premise: sell quality food at a reasonable price, giving our customers a reason to come back,” Jeff said.

He said he does not intend to compete with the local chain restaurants. Instead, Buttitta’s fills a niche he believes has gone unfilled in Fishers: a truly homemade pizzeria.

Not only does Buttitta’s offer a warm dine-in experience, but also offers the option of carryout for all menu items. And the menu offers much more than a regular cheese pizza. Buttitta’s features traditional pizzas to gourmet specialty pizzas. All sandwiches are made from homemade ingredients. And it only takes one look at the menu to see the inspiration from Italian beef, Italian meatball, Italian sausage and Italian combo sandwiches.

Jeff plans on making the flagship location in Fishers,hoping to eventually expand to three to five other locations in the next five to seven years.

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