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P11207A- Joe & Rosemary(Manza) Bonasso - Volcano Restaurant -Pizzeria- Bussiness Card
 

Eugenio Manza grew up in Figline, a small southern town in the province of Cosenza, Italy. After he finished elementary school, Gino realized that further education was not the path for him.

At age 19, Gino set out for a new life in Manitoba. After three years there, where he worked for Canadian Pacific Railway oiling locomotives, Gino decided to move to Windsor, to be closer to his brother-in-law, Stan Cundari, who ran a pizzeria in Detroit. Stan's succesful business inspired Gino to learn the tricks of the trade and he opened his own pizzeria in Windsor.

Gino worked hard to obtain all of the elements he needed to start a business. Things were looking promising, but Gino invested long, hard hours and many sleepless nights in his pizzeria dream.

The grand opening of the Volcano Pizzeria occurred in 1957 and the business was an instant sucess, exceeding Gino's original expectations for the business. Located in the heart of Windsor, where no other Italian restaurants had opened, business at the pizzeria was quickly booming. Gino had his original debt paid off within the first year of operation. Though he did not have enough money to advertise, the word of mouth spread the news around the city. Within a few years, Volcano Pizzeria grew from a small 60-seat pizza shop to a 400-seat restaurant.

Gino loved interacting with people and running a pizzeria was a perfect job for him. He took great pride in the young people he hired and was always happy to see them graduate and move on to become teachers, doctors and lawyers.

With the ups, of course, there were downs. His long hours left little time for his family life and he was often over-tired, over-worked and stressed out. Gino felt that "patience and determination" were the main qualities which contributed to his success.

With the birth of his grandson in 1986, Gino Manza sold his business to the Downtown Mission Centre, and he ended almost 30 years in the pizzeria business.

   
P11207A- Joe & Rosemary(Manza) Bonasso - Volcano Restaurant -Pizzeria- Bussiness Card
   
P11207D - Joe & Rosemary(Manza) Bonasso - Volcano Restaurant -Pizzeria, Delivery Fleet
 
   
P11207D - Joe & Rosemary(Manza) Bonasso - Volcano Restaurant -Pizzeria, Delivery Fleet
 
   
P11207L - Joe & Rosemary(Manza) Bonasso - Volcano Restaurant -Pizzeria - Eugenio Manza , Frank Gualtieri and the Bookkeeper
 
P11207L - Joe & Rosemary(Manza) Bonasso - Volcano Restaurant -Pizzeria - Eugenio
Manza , Frank Gualtieri and the Bookkeeper
 
P11208 - Joe & Rosemary(Manza) Bonasso - Eugenio Manza's Family(wife Adele and daughter Rosemary)
 
P11208 - Joe & Rosemary(Manza) Bonasso - Eugenio Manza's Family
(wife Adele and daughter Rosemary)
 
P11207K - Joe & Rosemary(Manza) Bonasso - Volcano Restaurant -Pizzeria - Staff
 
P11207K - Joe & Rosemary(Manza) Bonasso - Volcano Restaurant -Pizzeria - Staff
 
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