Vetture’s Restaurant and Pizzeria Celebrates 17 Years! Eat, Enjoy and Join the Vetture’s Family!

Published on 11 July 2017 in Business
Katie Thomas (author)

Katie Thomas


Vetture’s Restaurant and Pizzeria is a local favorite and has been since opening its doors seventeen years ago! Located on East Lake Road in the Brooker Creek Shopping Plaza, Vetture’s is famous for their delicious pizzas, mouth-watering classic Italian cuisine, fantastic prices and family atmosphere. Here, you are more than a customer; you are part of the Vetture’s family.

Dedicated to bringing community together, serving patrons with respect and providing a gathering locale for the area, Vetture’s is a slice of home! Made with love – this is what you get at Vetture’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. Picture yourself walking into a place where the staff knows your name and your family, greeting you with a warm welcome and the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked bread, zesty marinara, traditional Italian dishes and pizzas topped with the best of cheeses. 

Owners Rick and Dianne Maida have taken their values for quality family time, good food and hospitality, and turned small restaurant beginnings into a true community favorite. The Maida family feels blessed to be part of such a great community here in East Lake – one that has allowed them to turn a restaurant into a family.

When Rick and Dianne moved to Woodfield in 1991, they both knew they had found home and a place to raise their four kids, Ricky, Jodi, Corey and Kelli. Both Rick and Dianne are originally from New York. Rick’s mom and dad are both from Italy and many of the recipes served at Vetture’s have been in the family for generations.

The authentic Italian cuisine and delectable pizza at Vetture’s has brought patrons back again and again for 17 years.

Tender and delicious Veal Rollatini paired with a light mushroom, Marsala sauce

Tender and delicious Veal Rollatini paired with a light mushroom, Marsala sauce

Since Vetture’s beginning, families have gathered to celebrate and enjoy great food in a friendly atmosphere. Vetture’s is still going strong, holding to their family values, supporting the community and welcoming new members into the community.

Recently, Rick and Dianne welcomed a sweet granddaughter, Mia Grace, into their lives. A proud father and grandfather, Rick was practically bursting with happiness talking about his daughter Kelli’s wonderful mothering and her sweet baby girl who has stolen his heart.

As such a longstanding part of the community, the Maida family has had the opportunity to welcome new generations of families into their restaurant and hearts. Rick says, “I’ve been able to see kids I’ve coached come in with their families over the years, watch them grow up and start families of their own. Kids I coached from years ago still stop in to see us and it always warms our hearts to see them with their kids and keeping the Vetture’s tradition alive.”

Dianne, Rick and Chef Paulie work together to keep Vetture’s a local favorite that honors Italian tradition and cuisine. Chef Paul Pennacchini is originally from Rhode Island and has more than 30 years of accumulated restaurant experience under his belt. Paul has been working with Rick for many years; his passion and love for food is evident in every dish he creates at Vetture’s.

Rick says, “Paul is passionate for his work and he seems to enjoy every bit of it.” Truly a place that has options for everyone, Vetture’s strives to please and that they do! Frequent visitor David says, “I am a regular here, in fact I’m basically like always here. The service here is great; the servers, bussers, hostess, and managerial staff treat you like family. And the food, the food is delicious! I can’t think of a dish here created by Chef Pauli that I don’t thoroughly enjoy. Some of my favorites: Meat Lasagna, Fettuccini Alfredo, Chicken Mama Rosa, Eggplant Corey just to name a few! Definitely give this place a try if you’re in the area, you won’t go wrong!”

One customer states, “This pizzeria always delivers what we want: good quality, great prices and prompt service with a smile. Their standard cheese pizza is great, better than just about every other one we’ve tried in the area. But their gourmet pizzas really shine! The “Grandma” pizza has a very crispy thin crust with cheese and a special basil topping, plus tomato sauce. It also has a little bit of spice for kick, which I really enjoy. The “Crispino” pizza is also a thin crust pizza with a light marinara sauce topped with fresh mozzarella (made in-house), fresh tomato slices, fresh basil, fresh garlic and olive oil and a touch of balsamic drizzled on top. Yum! We enjoy both so much that it’s hard to choose!” 

From the quality, fair priced food to the warm and welcoming staff, it is no wonder that Vetture’s is still going strong in East Lake. The atmosphere is perfect for any occasion, whether you are looking for a family friendly place to bring the kids or you’d like a great bottle of wine to share with your significant other; Vetture’s has the art of hospitality down to a science and you will feel ready to dine, drink and relax at this favorite neighborhood locale over and over again! 

Mussels and Clams Madiciar is full of flavor, boasting garlic, lemon and perfectly steamed shellfish

Mussels and Clams Madiciar is full of flavor, boasting garlic, lemon and perfectly steamed shellfish

Rick reminds patrons: “Be sure to join our Vetture’s Family Club –enter your mobile number to join our family club and get some of our delicious Zeppoli’s just for being part of our family.  Then we’ll send you mouthwatering specials and promotions to your mobile phone or email address monthly and you’ll really feel part of our family on your birthday or anniversary, and now you can enjoy wireless internet while you enjoy a great meal and family.”

Whether you dine in, carry out  or have your meals delivered, Vetture’s makes it easy. You can even order online! Vetture’s Restaurant and Pizzeria is located at 36137 East Lake Rd. in Palm Harbor (at Brooker Creek Shopping Center).

Vetture’s hours:  Mon. – Thurs., 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. from 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m; and 12 – 9:30 p.m. on Sun. For more information, please visit or call (727) 787-4858.

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