It all began May 15, 1975 with a "Pizzazz" idea by John & Marie Spiccia. Why Pizzazz? It was John's lingo back in the day…it's hip…it's cool…it's PIZZAZZ! And hence Pizzazz was born. With his business savvy and his wife's delicious recipes it was sure to become the place to be…and it was…and it still is. Pizzazz became known for its excellent pizza, out of this world calzones and enormous entrees. The Spiccia's hard work, generosity and Pizzazz's delicious food at unbelievably fair prices would keep customers coming back again and again.
Pizzazz S.O.M. – Mayfield Village is proudly owned and operated by Mark & Val (Vitantonio) Gaspar. The Gaspars…like the Spiccias…have a true love for the restaurant business and Pizzazz in particular.
For Mark, it all began in January of 1984 when he entered into the Pizzazz family as a bus boy at age 14. Working his way up through the years, the Spiccias literally became his second family. He eventually helped David Spiccia (owner and son of John & Marie) open and manage "the new" Pizzazz Fairmount – University Heights in June 1992. Hang around Mark for a short time and you're sure to hear him say…"I just love making pizza and I'm the best!" The dream to have a pizza shop of his own one day was no secret…Pizzazz being the ultimate dream come true.
For Val, love of the restaurant business all began in 1990 when she began working as a hostess at Sussex Fish & Chips at age 16 (then owned by her sister & brother- in-law). As luck would have it, Val began her college career at John Carroll University – just across the street from the new Pizzazz– in August of 1992. In January 1993 she joined the Pizzazz family as a hostess and eventually a server while earning her degree in finance. David and the rest of the Spiccia family served as role models which solidified her desire to be a restaurant owner one day.
Mark & I always tell people our Pizzazz story…"In more ways than one, our lives would not be the same without Pizzazz…it's where we met, it's where we were inspired and it's what we love!" We are honored to carry on the Pizzazz tradition. Mr. Spiccia got it just right…it sure gave our lives PIZZAZZ.