About Us

Napoli Villa

Napoli Villa Italian Restaurant was founded by Guerino and Carmela Cento, immigrants from Southern Italy who came to Indianapolis with few possessions but an abundance of determination and patience to work hard to one day achieve their dream of opening a fine-dining Italian restaurant. In Italy, like all young Italian men, Guerino was required to serve in WWII. As a skilled, passionate chef, Guerino was quickly recognized for his talents and was praised for his culinary masterpieces by his fellow officers. With his experience as a military chef and support of his family, Guerino’s dream finally came to life in America in 1960 when he started Napoli Villa Italian Restaurant. The family first opened its doors on S. East and McCarty Streets in Indianapolis, and then in 1962, Napoli Villa was relocated to Main Street in Beech Grove, Indiana. After many years in business, when he decided to retire in 1968, Guerino was pleased to hand down the restaurant to two of his children, Antoinette (Cento) Pizzi and John Cento, and by 1972, the restaurant expanded to its current size to accommodate increasing demand. Eventually, Antoinette became the sole owner of the restaurant, and over the past 30 years has grown the business along with her husband, Federico, into one of Indianapolis’ best locally-owned Italian restaurants.