From our family to yours...
For over forty years, Vicentina’s owner Mike Mannara and his family have hand-selected the finest Italian foods to share with their community.
A passion for the art of butchery and an appreciation for fine, Italian food has always run deep in the Mannara family. Owner and operator, Mike Mannara, first learned the trade in his hometown of Cava de Tirrine, Italy at a young age. In Canada, Mike opened his first store in the 70s, bringing a little taste of home to his Toronto neighborhood. With his inviting charm and expert knowledge in meat preparation and Italian cuisine, business quickly began to grow.
As the store's business expanded, the Mannara family grew too. Mike's wife, Sandy, joined the team and together they built a strong business and loyal clientele. In the early 90s, the Mannara family began to perfect their now-famous Vicentina recipe for porchetta, a traditional Italian pork roast. Soon after, Vicentina became known for its authentic porchetta roasts. This new-found popularity opened the doors to begin catering homestyle Italian cuisine for local families and businesses.
Sandy and Mike's children were involved with the family business quite early. In the late 90s, after learning the art of butchering themselves, they expanded Vicentina to include a sandwich shop. With time, Sandy and her daughter Genny, established a Panino bar, often attracting customers with just the alluring aroma of an exquisite lunch. Even today, you can be sure that Genny will welcome you with her warm, inviting smile at the Panino counter - and that she'll make sure your Vicentina experience is perfect, every time.
In 2009, Vicentina expanded once more and re-opened in a warm and inviting space to welcome Vaughan's community. As much as Vicentina has grown since its doors first opened, its purpose has always remained the same - to bring family and friends together with wonderful food and memorable experiences.