A month of celebration for Angelo's and Vinci's 40th Anniversary


For 40 years the Angelo's and Vinci's Ristorante vision has been serving great food and good service to the Fullerton community. The City of Fullerton and Fullerton Chamber of Commerce congratulated one of Fullerton's oldest restaurants Wednesday with a ribbon cutting. Family, staff, and community, even TV icon Robert Conrad, were a part of the fun for the afternoon with appetizers, wine tasting and entertainment.

Tenor Gary Canavello sang the commencement as Councilman Bruce Whitaker and staff from Assemblyman Chris Norby's office presented owner Cynthia Peck with a certificate of appreciation and recognition. Conrad, best known for his role in the 1965 CBS television series The Wild Wild West, was happy to be a part of the festivities and ribbon cutting, “This place is so hospitable and it's really a classy joint, and I'm from Chicago so I know a classy joint,” he said with a smile and laugh.

Attendees joined Peck in a photo opportunity outside as she ceremoniously used the giant pair of scissors to cut the ribbon. Guests then took seats in the Piazza Fantasia banquet room to enjoy wine and appetizers as well as words of thanks and more entertainment.

The late Steven Peck, renowned Hollywood dancer, choreographer and veteran actor, built Angelo's and Vinci's to honor the dream to those practicing dance, art, and theatre. This was celebrated as Michael Vicari, Southern Wine and Spirits representative, took guests on an imaginary trip through his vocal and story-telling skills.

Councilwoman Sharon Quirk was happy to attend and say thank you. “If you grew up in Fullerton, you grew up here,” she said. Angelo's and Vinci's Manager Robert also thanked the crowd for their patronage. “There aren't many family restaurants around,” he said. “You're only family when you come to Angelo's and Vinci's.”

After various thank-yous were exchanged between community members and Cynthia Peck, Canavello serenaded the crowd with another song. Peck then led a traditional Sicilian wine toast to close the day's celebration.

The 40th Anniversary Festival Italiano will continue throughout October 1st. Special wine pairing dinners will be offered throughout September, CRN will do three live broadcasts with Michael Jordan. Larry Manetti, and Fred Dryer respectively. There will also be pizza throwing demonstrations, kid's eating contests, magic shows and Omelets & Opera all month long (as well as daily giveaways). A grand prize drawing will take place for the Grand Finale on October 1 when Tommy Lasorda will visit for a wine pairing.

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