Chef Billy Manzo of Federal Hill Pizza
In this video, Billy Manzo master Pizza maker explains how he lovingly transformed a former vaudeville theater and movie house into an incredible World Class Pizzeria. Interestingly enough, this was the same movie house, Billy watched movies as a kid. And my mom, who grew up in the Federal Hill Neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island, watched movies there as well!
The theater was built in 1925 as an original vaudeville movie theater owned by MGM-Mayer. The building went from a vaudeville theater into a movie theater. The building space is 11,000 square feet. A major company purchased the property, hoping to turn the space into a dinner theater. They spent countless money to refurbish the property. Their efforts failed and the building stood empty for 15 years.
Billy and his wife Christine purchased the property and transformed the space into Federal Hill Brick Oven Pizza. The building itself has many memories for the residents of Providence. Billy feels he will never own the building, rather he is a custodian of the building. He tried very hard to keep the integrity of the building intact.
Billy exudes passion and commitment to his craft of making pizza. He is also committed to giving back to his community by sharing the joys of pizza. He is extraordinary Chef with a lot of heart…
You can discover Federal Hill Pizza in Providence at 1039 Chalkstone Ave. and in Warren Rhode Island at 495 Main street. You can visit online at federal pizza online. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Billy is also the founder of Chef’s Feeding Kids The following video, tells his story: