Business Brief: Cocca’s Pizza

Business Brief

A taste of Italy is brought to the Mahoning Valley with an establishment that is the true definition of a family owned business.  A dough recipe and a strong dedication to the best service has given Cocca’s a loyal customer following.  The creation of Cocca’s Pizza by Nick and Tina Cocca is a beautiful story that can be told with passion and inspiration.

Nick came to America when he was fourteen years old.  He was originally in the baking business, but always aspired to be self-employed.  With a talent for building he started his own construction company.  During a Christmas trip to Italy, Nick and Tina met and quickly fell in love.  They eventually married and returned to America to start their new life together.  They raised four children, Maria, Arcangela (Angel), Donato (Danny) & Stefano (Steve) & now have 10 grandchildren.  In 1982, following their passion & business sense they opened their first pizza shop at 7185 Market St., Boardman.

The building was built almost entirely by Nick.  The recipes are all passed down from family.  For many years the Cocca family were the only employees, working very hard to make the business successful.  Steve, has followed in his father’s footsteps by carrying on the business.  Even with a total of 8 locations he passionately oversees the entire operation, making important decisions on a daily basis.  Along with the dedicated management and staff, Cocca’s Pizza has become what it is today, a great family restaurant run by “family”.

“The strong foundation of a close family has been the recipe for success” Mrs. Cocca is still in the kitchen making the sauce and overseeing any new product launch.  Family members are always at the restaurants working and making sure the customer gets the best food and service possible.

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