In 1972 Andrea Luisi set out to open the first Andrea's Italian Pizza & Restaurant in Newport News Virginia. With the help of his family this dream was made a reality. Andreas sister Vincenza and her husband Vinicio Fabbrizi, newlyweds who had recently moved from Italy to the United States we're also there working and learning the business.
In 1983 Vincenza & Vinicio decided it was time to open a restaurant of Their Own. They chose the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake; the couple took over a restaurant from Vincenza’s Uncle in Great Bridge Shopping Center. later that same year Andrea's Pizza in Great Bridge opened its doors. After several years of hard work, they established an iconic restaurant in the heart of Great Bridge. Andrea’s would go on serving generations of Great Bridge residents. In the mid 90's the fabbrizi family decided to move their restaurant to a freestanding building at 138 South Battlefield Boulevard (the old Highs ice cream building) fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning business property for both Vincenza and Vinicio. They would stay there until 2006 when they moved to Cedar Road to expand their business.
Sadly, the Andreas family lost their beloved matriarch Vincenza Fabbrizi in 2014, But with the lessons and recipes she passed down Andrea’s is still going strong. You can still find Vinicio Fabbrizi with his son (Chef Vinny), his daughter-in-law (Claire) & his grandchildren working to create the same wonderful dishes and family service the people of Chesapeake have grown to love.