In 1999, Peter and his wife Maria moved down to Naples, Florida when a friend was opening as Italian restaurant and needed an Executive Chef to run it. They had been looking for a change, and living in paradise seemed like the perfect opportunity.
While that particular venture was short lived, it led to Peter joining Tre Amici Ristorante as Executive Chef, creating and executing the menu for five years. Eventually, however, his family roots, upbringing and culinary passion inspired him once more to extend the Della Rocca tradition.
In 2006, Peter opened the still-operating Peter’s Cuisine Catering Service. Then in 2011, Parmesan Pete’s launched in Bonita Springs as a take-out establishment. It didn’t take long to realize Anna Savino’s touch was making quite an impression in Southwest Florida. So the following year, Parmesan Pete’s opened in Naples as a full-service restaurant.
The tradition continues to grow. Today it even includes Little Pete’s Italian Food Truck, running deliciously since January of 2016. And to satisfy the demand of our loyal customers, we’re pleased to announce the opening of Pete’s Pizzeria, located within shouting distance of Parmesan Pete’s.
Pete and Maria have two daughters, one of whom works right here in the pizzeria and restaurant. Their oldest granddaughter also helps out occasionally. Along with the cuisine, that’s the best part – seeing the past, present and future come together in such a welcoming atmosphere.