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Family-owned Paesan's Pizza expands into Schenectady County

Tough economic times are not slowing down one family owned business as their sixth pizzeria opens, with further expansion planned.

If you're from the Capital District you might have heard of Paesan's Pizza and Schenectady County is now getting their share of the pie. Although there are five other locations in nearby areas, the opening in Rotterdam on Nov. 15 marked the first taste for the county. The three brothers are hoping to bring residents what they've been asking for from them.

We got people requesting, 'When are you guys going to open up in Rotterdam?' said Franchi Scavio, co-owner of the business.

Brothers Vinnie, Lorenzo and Franchi Scavio designed the 5,000 square foot restaurant at 2513 Guilderland Ave. in Rotterdam. The contemporary design has high ceilings, granite countertops, tiled floors and flat screen televisions on the walls. Franchi said one of things people say when they first enter the store is they can't believe it is a pizzeria.

The move just made sense to Franchi, because they look at demographics and where else they're located. He said they try to open up their stores at least five miles apart from each other, so they can start a new delivery zone where one ends. Although, Rotterdam is a location they've came to enjoy.

"[Rotterdam] reminds me of back home," said Franchi. "We grew up in Brooklyn and the neighborhood we grew up in was mostly Italian, which is like here, we see there is a lot of Italians. What I like about it most it is not a corporate town; it is very blue collared, hard working families and you don't have to go to a shopping center to buy something."

While the town has made a good impression on him, it also seems the residents have come to like them too.

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