In 1981, our first kitchen opened in the Davis Square neighborhood of Somerville, MA, with handcrafted menu items inspired by family recipes and a brick oven at its center. Using only the freshest ingredients, we built unique pizzas and pastas and, ultimately, a tradition, while perfecting the art of brick of oven cooking in front of the guests we served it to.
Today, 58 Bertucci’s restaurants are firing up brick ovens from New England to Virginia, each reflecting the passion for authentic Italian cooking, as well as the unique character and charm of every local community. Like the original, our kitchen is still open, our dishes are still made to order and our hospitality is still top priority, leaving you with a family dining experience that you can’t find – or taste – anywhere else. 1981: Inspired by a visit to his grandmother’s home in Italy, young entrepreneur and ice cream shop owner Joey Crugnale opened the first Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizzeria in Davis Square, Somerville, MA. Complete with a custom made brick oven at its center and a bocce court in its basement, the original Bertucci’s become a popular local spot, recreating the family experience Joey fell in love with in his grandmother’s kitchen. The restaurant used only the freshest ingredients to make its signature pizzas, many of which are still on the menu today.
1985: The second Bertucci’s opened in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA and number three opened in Holliston, MA shortly thereafter.
1989: Growth continued with the opening of our 14th restaurant. USA Today listed Bertucci’s as one of America’s top 10 pizza restaurants.
1990s: Bertucci’s brick oven pizza story was told outside of Massachusetts, with Bertucci’s growing to over 100 restaurants from Florida to New Hampshire and as far west as Chicago.
2011: Bertucci’s celebrated its 30th birthday by bringing back some classic dishes from our earlier menus.
There are 56 Bertucci’s restaurants up and down the east coast from New Hampshire to Virginia. Every one of them adheres to the simple concept that Joey started over 35 years ago: Great food from the freshest ingredients, good friends and family, and the brick oven at the heart of it all.