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About Vincenzo's

In the late 1950's the Volpe family immigrated to Canada from Abbruzzo which situated in the province of Chieti City Bucchianico in the central East side of Italy. Abbruzzo is well known as the capital of Italian cuisine where wining and dining is so much more than a day to day activity – it is art.

The Volpe's were attracted to Canada, and in particular Sault Ste. Marie, because of the growing employment opportunities with Algoma Steel Incorporated.

Papa (Adamo) Volpe first worked construction at Algoma Steel Inc. Later he worked at Sault College in the maintenance department and retired in the late 1970's.

While Papa worked outside the home, Mama (Carolina) Volpe was very busy raising eight children, Valentino, Dora, Maria, Italia, Guiseppina, Vincenzo, Antonietta and Ottaviano. It was during those years that all of the Volpe children learned to prepare, appreciate and enjoy delicious meals and of course fine wine. The Volpe family continued to grow and prosper with over 60 grand and great grand children living in and around Sault Ste. Marie as well as all over the world.

In 1968 Vincenzo Volpe decided to share the family's love of preparing and serving fine Italian cuisine by opening their first restaurant, Como's Spaghetti House on Queen Street West near James Street. Vincenzo operated Como's until 1974 when the city's urban renewal project was initiated and the entire James Street area underwent renovations.

Brothers Vincenzo and Ottaviano (Otto) were also operating the Princess Grill on Gore Street which they purchased in 1971. Vincenzo worked as Maitre'd while Otto served as Chef having completed his formal training at Cambrian College in Toronto and of course his informal valuable training under the watchful eye of Mama Carolina. The brothers operated the Princess Grill until 1985 when they sold the business and ventured in to the catering business taking back the name Como's in becoming Como's catering.

In 1990 Vince and Otto purchased their current Queen Street location - Vincenzo's where they continue to delight customers with their combined 61 years of hospitality experience. The brothers, along with Marion (pastry chef for the in-house bakery), pride themselves on quality of the meals they prepare and serve always use only the finest of ingredients in the old style Italian recipes.


Vincenzo's Ristorante & Bar – 280 Queen St. E., Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada – Tel: 705.256.8241