2007-06-07 / News

Ace's Pizza - "Love at first bite"

By Sam Bari

Joy Vieira Joy Vieira The place is Ace's Pizza at 1 Clarke St. in downtown Jamestown. Their slogan is "Love at first bite." They just got a face-lift, a new improved menu, and, a new owner, Joy Vieira.

"So far everybody says we live up to our slogan. So that's a good thing," Vieira said. "We remodeled the interior and eat-in section, added more gourmet pizzas, changed the pizza and pasta sauce to closely-guarded secret recipes, and changed the look of the menu. But the name and the staff are still the same and the prices are relatively the same," she added.

Vieira said her father was former owner John Vietri's accountant. When he told her that Ace's was for sale, Vieira decided to go for it, and on May 24, she became the proud, sole proprietor of an established restaurant with a good reputation - Ace's Pizza.

"We designed the menu with the names of everybody in the family," she said. "'Ron Mac's Grinders' and 'Ronnie's Ultimate Pasta Favorites' are named after my fiancé, Ronnie. 'Zachary's Pizza Basics,' 'Jared's Calzones,' and 'Hunter's Club Sandwiches,' are named after his three sons. They all call me Mom," Vieira said laughing.

She also said they added New York System wieners to the menu and, "They are a big hit, especially at lunch for $1.79," she said.

Other than that, Vieira said that Ace's is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. She said they "make island-only deliveries every day for a small fee of $1 per delivery, and stop delivery one-half hour before closing."

Vieira mentioned that this is her first business venture and she is very excited about being successful. "I'm big on customer service," she said. "I will do what it takes to make customers happy."

Before purchasing the restaurant, Vieira said she was studying accounting at Community College of Rhode Island and doing "housewifey things taking care of three sons," she added with a smile.

Vieira said she was born in Providence and grew up in Coventry. She is a graduate of Burrillville High School.

"So far everything has gone very well," Vieira said. She also said that the people have been so nice. "We have a great customer base, and the staff is fabulous." Even though she has never owned a restaurant, she feels confident that Ace's will continue to prosper. "All I have to do is learn to toss a pizza," she said. "It's amazing how they do that."

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