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Brother's Pizza Co-Owner to Open Second Restaurant

Owner Nick Scotto will be firing up an expanded menu in his new restaurant.

When Acme market , Nick Scotto says he was a bit worried.

And for good reason.

Through Acme’s front doors, hundreds of daily grocery shoppers ambled in to buy bananas, hamburgers or milk on their ways to work, school or home, and passed right by Scotto’s restaurant, a familiar fixture since 1978. 

And then the foot traffic stopped.

But because of a loyal following—not to mention some of the best pizza in the region—Scotto was able to weather some rough sailing over the last year. 

Scotto hailed residents: “My local customers stayed with me, even after the Acme closed. That means a lot.” 

Taking stock of the last 34 years, Scotto says that because of his dedicated patrons, he’s decided to open another restaurant in the area and is banking on the support of his customers to make it a success. 

A native of Naples, Italy, who came to this country 36 years ago, Scotto bought the well-known pizzeria from the Cappola family, relatives of his wife Chiara. The family has owned several restaurants and are based in Trenton. 

On a recent afternoon, Scotto, accompanied by his daughter Sonia Scotto, a recent Stockton College graduate, stood in the middle of his soon-to-open eatery, Nick’s Pizza and Pasta, in The Shoppes at Cinnaminson, as five or so construction workers hung drywall, wired lighting and laid flooring. 

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by Scotto that the shopping center, where is the anchor store, and only a handful of storefronts remain unoccupied, has had a groundswell of community patronage.

The Delran resident also notes that while the did affect his business slightly, it also pushed him to open another restaurant, one he had been thinking about that would have an expanded menu. 

And despite slow economic times, Scotto points out that people still like to go out to eat.

And his prices will remain gentle on budgets.

“We will have all of the foods here that we have been serving for years,” says Scotto. “But we are going to be adding salads, and pastas like penne, baked ziti and chicken Parmesan.

Family members, like Sonia and her two sisters, will continue to grill steaks and stuff hoagies, according to Scotto. And locals will soon be eating their way through the parlor's popular pizzas like margherita, and steak and bacon.

The new restaurant, which is an airy and cheerful room, will have tiled floors, red-and-blue booths, a modern glass blacksplash and granite countertops. 

The Internet will have a major impact on Scotto’s customer reach, with a newly designed website, plus Scotto is asking patrons to follow him on Twitter.

“And the cash registers will be computerized,” boasts Scotto. 

A soft opening for Nick’s Pizza and Pasta is slated toward the end of June, with a grand opening in the fall. Scotto says Brother’s Pizza will remain open.

The restaurant will be hiring two to four full-time and part-time employees.

“It’s a new challenge, but the time had come,” says Scotto. “And we’re ready for it.”

Nick’s Pizza and Pasta can be reached at 856-829-0300, Nickspizzaandpasta.net. Follow the restaurant on Twitter, @nickspizzapasta

 

Cinnaminson Citizen1 June 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Seriously, the pizza in south philly can not even compare to Brothers! I compare all pizza to Brother's and I have YET to find anything that tastes as good! Will the ingrediants be the same at Nick's?
Maria June 15, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Everything, including ingredients, will be exactly the same at Nick's! The only change will be the addition of pasta! (we'll have gluten free pasta, too!)
JM July 09, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Good luck to the scotto family!! From, FasterSportsTraining Fastersportstraining .com
HopeAmongstCin July 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM
my girls and I stopped in on Saturday and we have declared the pizza the best in town and our new pizza place. so happy to read that Nick's is looking to deliver in the future. Best of luck and we are very happy to support a family business.
Tim Hagan July 30, 2012 at 07:33 PM
The pizza is the best anywhere. While attending school i would drive over an hour each way just to get my brothers fix. Even if the new place doesn't offer delivery it will still be a success. If you won't make the drive then you don't appreciate greatness. No pizza for you! Tim Hagan

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