Small Business of the Year

Pat Vahey

Pat Vahey

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Pennini’s Pizza & Pasta was founded in 1998 by Michael Pennini, with the vision of becoming a true neighborhood destination. Executive Chef Patrick Vahey joined the Pennini’s team in 2002 and helped to launch Moraga’s newest fine dining experience, Michael’s Restorante.

In 2006, Pat officially took the helm as Owner/Operator. Pat is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has been perfecting his recipes for more than 20 years. Influenced by the Italian tradition and a love of good food, his philosophy is straightforward: to use the freshest, best quality ingredients, prepare food simply and properly, and to serve it with joy.

Patrick is not only a strong supporter of local events and fundraisers but also of Saint Mary’s College. Many of his employees are students of Saint Mary’s, and Pennini’s is the meeting place to watch not only Saint Mary’s televised sporting events but sporting events in general. Many Friday nights you see families pulling tables together to share a meal while their kids play games in the children’s area.

Since opening our doors, we’ve made some wonderful friends, had lots of laughs and dished up a whole lotta pizzas!



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