Founder Vinny Ferrara died in 2012, but venerable Vinny’s — a Sierra Vista standby for pizza and wings — is now in the capable hands of Chip Brown, the like-a-son employee who worked at Ferrara’s side for 22 years. Brown recalls the time a hotshot crew of firefighters walked through the door and the restaurant stood en masse to applaud them, a touching moment for everyone. Ferrara bought their dinner that night, as Brown still does today when the crews are fighting nearby fires in summer. It’s that kind of community support that keeps this casual, family oriented place top of mind with locals who swear by the hefty, made-from-scratch pies and what many consider the best wings for miles around. It makes sense that bone-tired, half-starved firefighters would love the place.
Established: 1980 Cuisine: Pizza/wings/Italian
Chefs: All 25-plus employees man the kitchen from time to time.
Open: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; noon to 9 p.m., Sunday
1977 S. Frontage Road
Sierra Vista, AZ