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.
1986: 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.
2012: Bertucci’s opens the first 2ovens concept restaurant in Shrewsbury, MA. The brick ovens are the only method of cooking in the restaurant.
Today: There are 85 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 30 years ago: Great food from the freshest ingredients, good friends and family, and the brick oven at the heart of it all.