Friendswood Italian restaurant owner tells secret to 25 years in business

Mar 20, 2019 168

BY: Jennifer Bolton

He’s an Italian immigrant whose family moved to the Friendswood area when he was 4, but Stefano’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen owner Stephen Carpentieri doesn’t claim to draw on Old World family recipes in his menu. “My dad was a doctor; so he didn’t cook. And my mom’s English; so they don’t cook,” he said with a laugh. “So, when I decided to open my restaurant, I tried a bunch of different recipes, a bunch of different combinations, until we got it right.” 

Ultimately, developing the right flavor for the pizza and pasta in his restaurant, 106 S Friendswood Drive, came down to the freshness of the ingredients, Carpentieri said. “You don’t necessarily have to spend a whole lot more for good ingredients,” he said. “but it makes a huge impact on your food; so it’s crazy to not offer good, fresh ingredients. We crush our own tomatoes, all the oregano and basil is fresh — nothing is ever frozen."

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