Ciccio Restaurant Group began it’s journey in New York City in 1988 with James Lanza and his two brothers, who are both chefs.
Ciccio Restaurant Group is named after Lanza’s father, Frank (Ciccio) Lanza, who was a successful Fortune 100 CEO and founder of L3 Communications. Jeff Gigante joined the team in NYC and proceeded to open a branch of the restaurant Ciccio and Tony's in Tampa with Lanza.
James Lanza fell in love with the healthy mindset of the Tampa Bay area. He saw Florida as a wide-open market where he could start creating brands and expanding business. Not long after, his sons, Matthew and Steven Lanza joined the group and proceeded to open their own brands with-in the group helping to expand CRG’s reach.
Today Ciccio Restaurant Group is a multi-concept, multi-location, partner owned hospitality group. Our portfolio of brands includes a broad range of concepts and service styles, from quick service, to full service, to “hybrid style” service. As a creative, forward thinking hospitality group, our purpose is to make good food accessible within our local communities, in a way that is convenient and affordable. Our mission at Cali, since our first location opened in 1999 has always been to share our love for food and passion for people.