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VILLA ITALIAN KITCHEN HEADS SOUTH OF THE BORDER WITH NEW CHORIZO MENU ITEMS, PEPSI® AND CHIVAS DE GUADALAJARA SOCCER TEAM

One of America’s Favorite Quick-Service Pizza Brands Adds Three New Menu Items Featuring Trendy and Delicious Chorizo; Announces Sweepstakes Partnership with Pepsi


MORRISTOWN, N.J. (May 3, 2017): Villa Italian Kitchen, one of America’s favorite quick-service pizza brands, today announced that it is taking its customers on a flavor vacation this summer with the addition of three delicious, limited-time-only menu items featuring on-trend chorizo. These new menu items include a Chorizo Stromboli, Chorizo Pizza and delicious Chorizo Rolls, and offer guests the exciting opportunity to enter a sweepstakes in partnership with the renowned Chivas de Guadalajara Soccer Team and Pepsi.

The flavor-packed new menu items, which include Chorizo Stromboli – made with Southwest Chipotle Pesto, Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese, Chorizo and Fresh Salsa – Chorizo Pizza – made with tomato sauce, Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese, Chorizo, Olives, Peppers and Fresh Salsa – and Chorizo Rolls – made with Southwest Pesto, Mozzarella Cheese, Chorizo and Cilantro – will join Villa Italian Kitchen’s extensive menu of classic Italian options on May 3.

In addition to enjoying these new menu items at participating Villa Italian Kitchen locations nationwide, consumers are invited to snap a photo of their Pepsi and Chorizo Stromboli and post it to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ChivasSweepstakes to enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to attend a Chivas de Guadalajara U.S. soccer game this summer – with hotel and airfare included – or to win a signed Chivas de Guadalajara jersey. Consumers can also give a shout out to their favorite pizza brand by using the hashtag #VillaItalianKitchen. The sweepstakes will run from May 3 through June 14 and entry is valid at participating Villa Italian Kitchen locations nationwide.

“We are always looking for new and exciting flavor profiles to pair with our classic menu items,” said Leslie Chinea, Director of Marketing for Villa Restaurant Group. “As Hispanic culture continues to flourish nationwide, so does the popularity of one of its most flavorful staples, chorizo. We look forward to offering our guests these delicious new chorizo menu items, as well as the chance to win some great Chivas de Guadalajara Soccer prizes this summer!”

Villa Italian Kitchen features a variety of mouthwatering menu items, from Neapolitan and pan pizzas, with homemade dough prepared fresh daily, 100% whole milk mozzarella and sauce made from fresh California tomatoes, to pasta imported from Italy, delicious salads, Stromboli, entrees and much more. Villa also offers catering and large to-go orders, featuring hot, delicious and high-quality meals that are perfect for any celebration, event or meeting, complete with a dedicated Catering Manager who ensures personalized service and a customized menu.

For more information, please visit www.VillaItalianKitchen.com.

About Villa Restaurant Group℠ (previously known as Villa Enterprises)
Villa Restaurant GroupSM is a global multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor. Founded in 1964 by Michele (Michael) Scotto, a Naples, Italy native, Villa Restaurant Group, began as a small pizzeria next to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Today, Villa Restaurant Group is an international organization that recently celebrated its 52nd anniversary with nearly 400 restaurants in malls, airports, casinos and other high-traffic locations.

Villa Restaurant Group’s quick-service restaurant brands, including Villa Italian Kitchen®, Green Leaf’s Beyond Great Salads®, Bananas Smoothies & Frozen Yogurt®, South Philly Cheesesteaks & Fries®, Far East Asian FireSM, and other emerging brands, can be found across 42 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and five additional countries. Villa also operates full service restaurants in New Jersey under the 40North Restaurant GroupSM brand including The Black Horse Tavern & PubSM, The Office Tavern GrillSM, The OFFICE Beer Bar & GrillSM, Steelworks Buffet & GrillSM, PiattinoSM and George & Martha’sSM. For more information, please visit www.villarestaurantgroup.com.

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