Band of Brothers t r
Two generations of Gioves keep a family legacy
thriving at Brothers Pizza in Staten Island.
(Clockwise from top left) Giorgio and his
dad Filippo Sr. strike a confident pose.
Giorgio and a Brothers Pizza employee
get ready to pop a pie into the oven;
Giorgio jokes with a customer.
By Rick Hynum
Photos by Dag Bennstrom
Shyness has never been a problem for the Giove family, the longtime owners of Brothers Pizza in Staten
Island, New York. Giorgio Giove, elder
son of Brothers co-owner Filippo Giove
Sr., is a world champion dough spinner
and pizza maker. His younger sibling,
Filippo Jr., has a featured role on a reality TV show. And neither needs a spotlight or a soundstage to strut his stuff.
On any given day, you’ll find the siblings,
both in their 20s, working the counter at
the celebrated pizzeria like a pair of seasoned pros, dishing out fresh, hot pies
with witty banter, winning smiles and a
heavy dose of Italian swagger.
The three original Giove brothers founded Brothers Pizza in 1975.