Family dining and hospitality is a tradition in Greece as old as history itself. In 1952, after a two-week cross-Atlantic voyage, nineteen-year-old Arthur Alimonos arrived on Ellis Island with empty pockets but dreams full of bringing his homeland’s traditions to America. Rising in prominence among the finest chefs in New York City, he spent years mastering his marinara sauce and pizza crust, till opening a small eatery in Brooklyn in 1956. No longer penniless, he labored tirelessly with the help of his wife Angie, to open restaurants in Hartford, Connecticut; Greenfield, Massachusetts; and Athens, Greece. Combining dedication to excellence with the famous hospitality of his homeland, Arthur had created a recipe for success in American and abroad.
In 1977, Country Pizza Italian Grill was established in Clearwater, Florida, where it quickly became a local favorite and won awards for best pizza. In those days, word-of-mouth was the only advertising; today it is the truest. Customers come from out of state just to taste the pizza. And the Alimonos family continues the tradition. We still hand roll the dough; we still stir the sauce, and we still bake using old-fashioned stone top ovens, just the way Arthur did fifty years ago. And you can taste the difference. That’s why at Country Pizza Italian Grill, our motto is: “Taste – Tradition.”
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