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A slice of life

"So far it has been really good," said Lorenzo about the public's response to the new location. "We've exceeded the expectations that we had and we've only just started, so it can only get better from here."

Owning pizzerias has been a long journey for the brothers with a humble beginning in September of 1994 in Albany. The Scavio's were originally from Brooklyn, but moved to the Capital District before starting their business.

"Dad always wanted to start a business when the kids got older," said Franchi. "Dad pretty much gave us the option, 'do you want to go to college or do you want to start a business?'"

The family of five lived in an apartment above their first pizzeria and the three brothers slept on blow up mattresses with their parents getting the bed. That is where Franchi said he lived for seven years too. Without much credit, family members found it hard to secure an apartment.

"My goal is to buy the apartment complex that turned us down," joked Franchi.

Working with family members has also proved not to be too difficult after figuring out how to best work with each other.

"Too many chiefs and not enough Indians," Franchi said about working with family members. "We've always had that problem. Over the years we have adapted and I figure we are all chiefs of our own tribes and we have certain roles in the company."

Lorenzo said one of the best things about owning the business with his family is that he's his own boss.

"When I was younger I worked for people and I always felt that I could do better than my bosses," said Lorenzo. "I wasn't happy working for other people, so when the time came for us to do our own thing, we choose to do our own thing and never looked back. There is nothing like being your own boss."

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