Between flipping dough and preparing fresh sauce daily, the owner of one of Brentwood’s newest restaurants may be new to the area, but he’s no stranger to a handcrafted pizza.
Owner Abdul Ahmad opened Ameci Pizza Kitchen, a franchise of Ameci Pizza and Pasta, in Brentwood, in 2016, and he noted the city as a great place to run a business.
“The people here are very welcoming,” he said.
The history of the franchise goes back to an Italian family that opened restaurants in New York City in the 1930s. Born and raised in the Big Apple, Ameci founder Nick Andrisano grew up in the food service industry. In 1979, Andrisano branched out on his own and opened two upscale dining establishments, called Ameci Italian Cuisine. Partnering with Angelo Falato, he opened a third Ameci Italian Cuisine and later the first Ameci Pizza and Pasta in Southern California. A corporation was formed in 1984, with Andrisano and Falato as officers. Today, the franchise has about 40 locations dotted throughout California.
Ahmad’s own work history with Ameci Pizza and Pasta eventually led him to ownership. In 1984, Ahmad became an employee of Ameci Pizza and Pasta. After working in the industry for 13 years, Ahmed decided to open a franchise of Ameci Pizza and Pasta, and he eventually went on to open four more.
Opening another franchise in Brentwood was a natural move for Ahmed, who has family in the area and wanted to expand the offering of New York-style pizza to East County residents. His niece, Palo Gailani, has even served as a part-time manager since they opened.
With news of a new pizza place in town, locals are rushing to try the Ameci flavor.
“We just found out that they opened yesterday and rushed over here to try it. Very fresh, flavorful and great tasting pizza,” said Antioch resident Laura V., in an online Yelp review. “The owners are very nice and thoughtful, offering us wings to sample and checking with us on how we were doing ... Thank you for such a great experience and being so kind to us!”
The restaurant specializes in handcrafted and crushed pizza, pastas and calzones, with a diverse offering of appetizers, salads and sandwich subs. It is located at 4550 Balfour Blvd., in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-240-0000.