Jeff Valentino ended a 20 year career in Banking in March 2016 and started developing his pizzeria concept in April, while also looking for other career opportunities in financial services. Jeff, a self proclaimed foodie and pizza aficionado, then began discussing the idea with Jodi Zalewski, who assisted in further defining the vision throughout the Spring. In May, Jeff attended the highly respected Goodfella’s Pizza School in NYC, where he trained with some of the world’s best pizza makers. After completing this intensive hands-on training, Jeff secured the Fox River Grove location and continued refining his skills. Jeff added Jill Visger to the team as general manager in late June, and they worked together to finalize the menu, hire the staff, and plan for the opening. Jeff is excited to start the next chapter of his life. Jeff and La Pizza Via look forward to serving Fox River Grove, Cary, Barrington, Lake Barrington and parts of Algonquin.