Brothers Salvatore and Gino Reina are the owners of Francesca Brick Oven Pizza and Pasta in downtown Glen Rock. After opening with an abbreviated menu on April 10, 2008, the pizzeria now has a full menu with a wide variety of pastas and other Italian specialties.
Keeping it in the family, the head chef is their father, Biagio "Gino" Reina. He brings an authentic Sicilian flavor to all his dishes. Born and raised in Alta Villa Milicia, Italy with his brother and 3 sisters, he came to New York as a young teenager with his mom looking for a better life. His mom went back to Sicily, Biagio stayed.
If you were wondering, the name of the restaurant is in honor of Salvatore and Gino's Sicilian grandmother. And if you were also wondering, the Reina brothers are half Italian and half Chinese.
What made the brothers decide to purchase a pizzeria in Glen Rock? Salvatore has worked in the restaurant business for 9 years. This includes working as a busboy, waiter, head waiter, host, maitre d', and restaurant manager. Salvatore completed his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Stony Brook University in August 2007 and like many people got a job behind the desk at a major financial institution. But in the back of Salvatore's mind, he knew his heart was still in the restaurant business.
In December 2007, Gino received an email with the picture of Aldo"s pizzeria with the message "Do you know where this is?" Since Gino and his family have been in Glen Rock for almost 5 years, the obvious answer was "yes." After a sit down with the Reina family over Christmas dinner, the decision was made to buy the pizzeria.
Francesca offers genuine wood-burning brick oven pizza, pasta and fresh salads made to order. Their signature pizza is the Margherita Pizza. Fresh plum tomatoes, fresh basil and fresh mozzarella, hand-made by their father, have made this pizza the owners' and customers' most popular choice so far. Their tomato sauce is made from whole tomatoes and ground fresh every single morning. The Reina brothers will only serve the freshest foods to their customers, knowing their grandmother's name and picture is hanging high above.