Papa Gino's

Papa Gino's
Private company
Industry Restaurants
Founded Boston, Massachusetts (October 23, 1961)
Founder Michael Valerio
Helen Valerio
Headquarters Dedham, Massachusetts, United States
Number of locations
Area served
New England
Key people
Mark DeBlois, CEO
Products Fast food
Italian-American cuisine
Revenue US$ 200 million (2004 estimate from Hoover's, Inc.)
Parent Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation, LLC
Subsidiaries D'Angelo Sandwich Shops
Papa Gino's in Bedford, Massachusetts (2011)

Papa Gino's, Inc. is a restaurant chain based in Dedham, Massachusetts[1] specializing in American-style pizza along with pasta, subs, salads, and a variety of appetizers. There are over 150 Papa Gino's locations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.


Papa Gino's originated in East Boston, Massachusetts as a single location named "Piece O' Pizza," which opened in 1961. In 1968, the owners, Helen and Michael Valerio, changed the name to "Papa Gino's" and began expanding the business to multiple locations.[2]

In 1997 Papa Gino's bought D'Angelo Sandwich Shops, another Massachusetts-based fast-food outlet, specializing in sandwiches, from prior owner Yum! Brands (then known as Pepsico Inc.'s Pizza Hut unit).[3]

Plans for expansion beyond New England were announced in early 2005, with franchisees securing the rights to develop locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida.[4] A few months later, executives of the holding corporation bought out the company.[5]


Since the late 1990s, the chain has entered a corporate sponsorship agreement with the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, as well as individual players with the teams such as former Red Sox DH David Ortiz. Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi replaced kicker Adam Vinatieri as pitchman in fall 2006 after Vinatieri was signed by the Indianapolis Colts.[6]

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  1. ^ "Contact Us." Papa Gino's. Retrieved on September 2, 2014. "600 Providence Highway Dedham, MA 02026 "
  2. ^ Abelson, Jenn (2007-03-09). "Papa Gino's seeks bigger slice of pie". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  3. ^ "Papa Gino's to acquire D'Angelo's Sandwich Shops". Boston Business Journal. American City Business Journals, Inc. 1997-08-13. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  4. ^ Kooker, Naomi R.; Robin Wood (2005-01-31). "Papa Gino's parent preps growth outside N.E." Boston Business Journal. American City Business Journals, Inc. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  5. ^ "Execs lead buyout of Papa Gino's Holding Corp". Boston Business Journal. American City Business Journals, Inc. 2005-03-28. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  6. ^ Reed, Keith (2006-09-05). "Bruschi to replace former Patriots' kicker Vinatieri in Papa Gino's ad". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-04-11. 

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