The Tudda family immigrated to Calgary in the summer of 1954. After observing how popular their traditional Italian cooking was amongst family and friends, they began thinking about opening their own restaurant. They opened a small pizzeria, which instantly became a huge success. Four tables turned into six, and before the family knew it there were line-ups out the door. The popularity of this little pizzeria led to the opening of Stromboli Inn in 1972. Located in the heart of Kensington Stromboli Inn was renowned for its welcoming atmosphere and its delicious home cooking.
In 1991 Joe and Teresa along with their four children Pina, Peter, Marianne, and Domenic opened their second restaurant, Villa Firenze. Villa Firenze restaurant has provided a welcoming, elegant, and reliable dining experience over the years. It is renowned for its signature Portobello Mushroom dish, and its fabulous home style Italian cooking. Villa Firenze Restaurant is currently owned and run by Joe’s grandson Tony Nicastro. Tony continues to uphold his grandfather’s legacy by maintaining his level of quality and passion.