In 1905, Geno Manizza left his home in Senigallia, Italy bound for America with one suitcase, some family recipes and a dream. After settling in Connecticut he met and fell in love with a local beauty named Florence Tessi. Using Geno’s authentic Italian recipes, the young couple, along with other family members, opened a restaurant in the village of North Castle, New York. In addition to operating the restaurant, Geno and Florence raised three children, instilling in them the values of hard work, personal integrity, education and faith.
In 2016, their oldest great-grandchild, Christina Martin, also ventured into food service with a healthy meal prep service. In May, 2019, she expanded into the carryout/delivery pizza business by opening Stella’s Pizza in Henderson. Stella’s soon became the most popular pizza shop in the neighborhood. The success of Stella’s encouraged Christina and her management team to sell their meal prep business and focus entirely on pizza. They decided to close the original Stella’s location, rebrand the concept and open the first Manizza’s Pizza in the Spring Valley area of Las Vegas.
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