Rolling in the Dough Since 1904

Along with amazing ingredients cheese from Grande Cheese Co. and fine meats from Boar’s Head, we also partner with Hearth-Baked Amoroso’s Bread & Rolls company. Their story, like the DiSilvestro’s story, started with family. In 1904, newly-arrived immigrants Vincenzo Amoroso, and sons Salvatore and Josep opened a bakery in Camden, New Jersey and set up shop. Outgrowing their space in just ten short years, the family moved across the river to Philadelphia where their bakery became a neighborhood legend. For years, including the period of the Great Depression, the bakery thrived on making home deliveries, both morning and night. Their route quickly expanded into their original starting place of New Jersey and then Delaware. Growth and expansion continued for the family as they expanded to grocery stores and the establishment of a national distribution supply chain. Still family owned and operated after more than 100 years, Amoroso’s has grown to over 400 associates. But the reasons for their success have never been forgotten. Uncompromising quality. Unrelenting service. And Uninhibited innovation.

In 1904, newly-arrived immigrants Vincenzo Amoroso, and sons Salvatore and Josep opened a bakery in Camden, New Jersey and set up shop. Outgrowing their space in just ten short years, the family moved across the river to Philadelphia where their bakery became a neighborhood legend. For years, including the period of the Great Depression, the bakery thrived on making home deliveries, both morning and night. Their route quickly expanded into their original starting place of New Jersey and then Delaware. Growth and expansion continued for the family as they expanded to grocery stores and the establishment of a national distribution supply chain.

Still, family owned and operated after more than 100 years, Amoroso’s has grown to over 400 associates. But the reasons for their success have never been forgotten. Uncompromising quality. Unrelenting service. And Uninhibited innovation.

Compromise Elsewhere: Quality Ingredients at Ynot with Boar’s Head

Along with the highest quality cheese from Grande, and locally grown fresh vegetables, we at Ynot also pride ourselves in the big quality standards of our meats that we use in every Ynot dish. To keep with these high standards, we have chosen to partner with Boar’s Head Meats. Not only because all of their products taste amazing and blend well with the Ynot menu, but also because of their shared sense of quality and tradition.

The Boar’s Head Story

Five generations ago, Boar’s Head began with the belief that consumers deserved a better quality ham. Over the years, their company has grown, but our standards for quality have never wavered. Frank Brunckhorst founded the Boar’s Head Brand in New York City in 1905. Dissatisfied with the quality of hams that were available to him, he set out to craft delicatessen products of uncompromising standards by using only the finest ingredients. Since then, the Boar’s Head standards of quality have never wavered. Their products are made of only the finest ingredients; whole muscle beef, pork and poultry, and spices sourced from around the globe.

Boar’s Head prides themselves on being master craftsmen in their industry, skilled artisans in meat and cheese preparation methods. They use time-honored recipes that call for hand-griming their meats, applying many of their spices by hand and more.

110 years later, Boar’s Head is still committed to providing the highest quality delicatessen products….nothing less.

It Starts with the Cheese

Every great creation starts with a recipe. And awesome recipes start with quality ingredients. It’s what guides us in our relentless pursuit of quality and excellence in everything we make, so you’re guaranteed the best in your pursuit. This is just one story about one ingredient that makes our Italian cuisine what people come back for. Quality cheese from Grande Cheese Co.

Grande’s story began in 1891, in the small Sicilian village of Montelepre, Italy, where founder Filippo Candela was then born. It was in this warm, agriculturally rich region where he learned the art of making fine Italian cheese.

In 1925, shortly after marrying his wife Provvidenza, Filippo moved from the economic instability of post-war Italy to America in search of better opportunities. Initially purchasing a small dairy farm and orchard, he moved to Wisconsin to pursue his passion for cheese making. Speaking only a few words of English, they met an Italian cheese buyer from the Old World. This meeting sowed the seeds of a new cheese company formed by Filippo and a handful of family and friends. They named it Grande – a fitting name as the Italian word for ‘greatness’ – and its authentic cheeses soon became favorites with Italian immigrant families across the United States.

In the early years, Grande crafted traditional, aged Italian eating and grating cheeses such as Provolone and Romano. As pizza grew in popularity, Grande began to produce its trademarked Mozzarella, which soon became recognized as the most exceptional of cheeses for pizza. Grande cheeses are now known and trusted nationally as “The finest Italian cheeses money can buy!”

It Starts with the Cows

Grande works with a select group of dedicated milk producers who share their passion for quality and a strong commitment to sustainability. Together, they work to improve milk production, ensure they’ve exceeding the nation’s highest standards of quality ­and protect the environment in various communities. Grande’s field services team and veterinarian regularly visit farms and meet with producers. They offer support and advice on proper cow handling, milking routines, stall maintenance, calf care, calving management, working with the milking equipment, as well as offering milk quality management training and support for farm employees. The Grande staff includes a full-time health and wellness veterinarian to help ensure overall herd health and milk quality.

Sustainable Farming Practices

Grande works with producers who share our commitment to caring for the environment. Many of these are multi-generational family operations that reinvest in sustainable solutions to ensure the health and success of their herds and lands for generations to come. From implementing renewable technology such as methane digesters (which power about 1/3 of our milk supply) to reducing soil erosion and their carbon footprint; it’s all about looking after our natural resources for future generations.

So what does this all mean for you and your family? It means you can rest assured knowing that the reason all of the  Ynot Italian dishes taste so amazing, is because all of our meals are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

Dining in the Dark Helps the Community Open Their Eyes to Blindness

Ynot Italian is proud to support the 6th Annual Hampton Roads VisionWalk to help in the fight against blindness. To help support and educate the community, we are participating in an event called Dining in the Dark. On Thursday, April 27th, all Ynot locations will be participating in this event which gives our guests a first-hand glimpse into the lives of those who are blind or vision impaired by taking them on an unforgettable journey. Diners will be given simulation masks of either macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa and are encouraged to order from the menu and or eat their meals while wearing these masks. 

VisionWalk is a signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Over 10 Million Americans are affected by blinding retinal diseases including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, and Usher syndrome. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is working to find treatments and cures for these devastating diseases. By funding leading-edge research in areas such as genetics, gene therapy, transplantation, artificial retinal implants and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is making a difference today to make the world a brighter place for those suffering from retinal degenerative diseases.

Family, children, and community service have always been a priority of the Ynot franchise and continue to be an important pillar looking to the future. It is because of the importance of community that Ynot will be donating 10% of all meals served to The Hampton Roads VisionWalk.

 

Celebrate National Beer Day with Proper Pairings

National Beer Day is observed annually on April 7th.  Celebrate with a pint of pale ale, lager, stout, wheat beer, or pale ale.

One of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, beer possibly dates back to 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed.  It is recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt.

Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage.  Following water and tea, it is the third most popular drink overall.

So what better way to celebrate our 3rd most favorite beverage, then with our favorite food: Pizza! Here are some pairings from Draft Magazine to help you through this national holiday:

Cheese & ESB
We’re drawn to the way a malt-forward beer can create richness with a simple cheese slice. An ESB’s nuttiness is a natural fit with the slice’s salt while the beer’s soft mouthfeel and sweet caramel push the gooey factor with the cheese. Just enough bitterness washes away the grease, leaving some soft cheese flavor on the tongue.

Pepperoni & black IPA
Pepperoni’s got kick, and alongside a black IPA’s spicy hops and bitter roast, the peppery flavor gets sharper and more defined. The beer’s dark roast also draws out the sausage smokiness, while hop and malt bitterness (the hallmark of this beer style) scrub away grease and prep the palate for another big bite.

Barbecue & rauchbier
Where there’s barbecue, there’s smoke: In this “but-of-course!” duet, the beer’s campfire wisps bring some authentic grilled flavor to the supersweet, caramelized BBQ sauce, giving even low-budget slices gourmet complexity. Even still, a simple, clean lager finish zips through the mouth and tidies up the palate.

Hawaiian & blonde ale
A classic American blonde ale streams quietly beneath this island-inspired slice, creating fullness in the mouth. The beer’s simple malt sweetness connects with the same sweetness in the ham and pine-apple, but tones down the fruit’s acidity. Hop bitterness anchors the pair, and washes it away like a wave receding into the ocean.

Meat lovers & Scotch ale
A forceful, caramel-forward Scotch ale stands up to the impact of multiple meats in one bite: It attracts the sweeter flavors in meat, while toppings like Italian sausage and pepperoni bring spicy and herbal notes that integrate perfectly into the beer’s sturdy malt profile. A wisp of smoke underscores the bite, while smooth alcohol helps to dry out the tongue.

Veggie & IPA
Today’s IPAs range from resinous pine to juicy pineapple; with a garden-inspired pizza, find one with hops that lean green (think grassy, oniony and catty). Onions and peppers gain crisp definition alongside vegetal hops, while the beer’s bitterness deftly bristles away the oil and cheese, leaving only fresh—and deceptively healthy—veggie flavors behind.

So, why not head into any one of our seven locations around Hampton Roads and enjoy a slice with ice cold beer! We have an expanded selection of domestic, import, and locally-brewed craft beers.

Ynot Italian Opens New Location in Virginia Beach

Ynot Italian will have its grand opening for their newest location at Landstown Commons in Virginia Beach on Thursday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m. Mayor Will Sessoms will do the honor of cutting the ribbon.

The Landstown location makes this Ynot Italian’s fourth storefront in Virginia Beach and seventh in Hampton Roads. Ynot Italian has been a proud and active member of the Hampton Roads community for 23 years, with restaurants nestled in the neighborhoods in which our families have eaten, played sports, attended school and more!

Owner Tony DiSilvestro, “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to design and build this location from the ground up, for the very first time. We were able to incorporate nearly all of our dream features and we are excited to share it with our longtime fans and all of our new customers in the area.”  

“We couldn’t have taken this step without the support of the extended Ynot Italian family throughout Hampton Roads,” remarked Owner, Edwin Chico Ortiz.  

About Ynot Italian:

Ynot Italian celebrates 23 years of business in Hampton Roads. The menu offers authentic mouthwatering Italian recipes homemade with fresh, quality ingredients including homemade pizza, pasta, stromboli, calzoni, soups, subs, chopped salads and gelato—with both gluten-free and vegan options. Founders—and brothers—Tony and Harry DiSilvestro have dedicated themselves, and Ynot Italian, to be active parts of the local community. For more information visit www.ynotitalian.com.

Ynot Italian PurpleStride Fundraiser

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What is PurpleStride?

PurpleStride events contribute millions of dollars toward the mission of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to advance research, support patients and create hope. Funds raised help provide personalized support for patients and support research grants and advocacy efforts to increase federal pancreatic cancer research funding.

Why is Ynot Italian Supporting PurpleStride?

Ynot Italian has been a member of the Hampton Roads community since 1993, and we are thankful for all that our community has provided. As a small token of our gratitude and appreciation, we like to give back to the community. Participating in PurpleStride is one of the ways we can do that.

How is Ynot Italian Supporting PurpleStride?

We are also holding a ticketed fundraising event at our Oceanfront location in Virginia Beach.  Join us Sunday, April 9 from 11am – 2pm.  Tickets are $15 and include a buffet that will include garden salad, chicken parmesan, penne in a tomato basil cream sauce, dinner bread, and soft drinks.  $5 of each ticket will be donated to PurpleStride.  You’ll also be able to bid on some great prizes in our silent auction.

If you’re unable to attend our fundraiser but want to participate in our efforts, we are fundraising in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, with a goal of $2,000.  Your donation will support efforts to double survival for this deadly disease by 2020.

Help us Wage Home in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

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Pizza vs Pasta Bracket Contest

Will pizza win?  Will pasta win? Vote for your favorite pizzas and pastas in our “Ynot Italian Pizza vs Pasta” contest! See below for schedule!

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Harlem Globetrotters In-Store Contest

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Contest Details:

  • Enter to win in-store by asking your server for an entry form
  • 1 winner will be chosen from each location
  • 1 grand prize winner will be chosen from those 7 winners
  • Contest ends Sunday, March 19th and winners will be chosen Monday, March 20th

Prizes:

  • Each winner will receive a Ynot Italian Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Sunday, March 26th game at 4pm
  • All winners will be invited to a pre-game party on game day at 2pm at the Ghent location (there will be a reserved “Winners Party” section for a pre-game kick-off where pizza, soda and cupcakes will be served
  • The grand prize winner will receive a Ynot Italian Family 4-Pack of tickets and a court-side dinner at the game for 4 provided by Ynot Italian

The Harlem Globetrotters were founded in 1926 and are a worldwide icon, synonymous with family entertainment, impressive basketball skills and wizardry.  The games are not only entertaining for the entire family, they are a team of talented athletes dedicated to acts of goodwill in the community.  Like the Harlem Globetrotters, Ynot Italian is dedicated to acts of goodwill in the Hampton Roads community.  Since 1993 we have participated in non-profit events, athletic teams at public schools across the region and are proud to have founded the Ynot Educate Foundation.


Learn more about Ynot Italian, our quality ingredients and our community to the community here.

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The Virginian Pilot’s “Best of 2017” Contest

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BEST OF 2017 VOTING STARTS SUNDAY, MARCH 5!

Ynot Italian has been honored to win the Virginian-Pilot’s “Best of 2016” contest in multiple categories for over 23 years. Help us bring home the gold again in 2017!

The Virginian-Pilot’s “Best of 2017” contest honors local businesses in Hampton Roads for being the Best in the area. During March 5-21, 2017 local residents can help their favorite businesses bring home the gold by voting via text or online.

Do you love Ynot Italian? Help us out by casting your vote via the instructions below. Plus, RECEIVE UP TO 5 FREE OFFERS!*

 

 

ynot italian best of 2016 best pizza virginia beach best pizza norfolk best pizza chesapeakeThere are 2 options for voting:

Option 1. Visit www.hamptonroads.com/bestof. Here you can vote online for Ynot Italian in each category for each city (a total of 15 votes)!

Option 2. Text the following 4-letter codes to 21333 and receive up to 5 free offers!*

**Make sure to send a separate message for each 4-letter text code. You cannot group all codes into one text message.

CHESAPEAKE
CKRJ – Best Pizza
CKRH – Best Italian Restaurant
CKRF – Best Family/Casual Dining
CKRD – Best Beer/Wine Selection
CKRE – Best Dessert

NORFOLK
CKRQ – Best Pizza
CKRP – Best Italian Restaurant
CKRN – Best Family/Casual Dining
CKRK – Best Beer/Wine Selection
CKRM – Best Dessert

VIRGINIA BEACH
CKRW – Best Pizza
CKRV – Best Italian Restaurant
CKRU – Best Family/Casual Dining
CKRR – Best Beer/Wine Selection
CKRT – Best Dessert

New to Ynot Italian?

Click here to find out “Why Ynot” is the Best of 2017!


*Offers only valid March 5-21. Offers can’t be combined. 1 per visit. Only valid with purchase.

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