Johnny Macaroni’s History
John Vallarelli, founder of Johnny Macaroni’s restaurants, learned the restaurant business from the ground up. John opened his first restaurant, a family-owned business, in Newton, MA in 1980. After 10 years of managing several restaurants, John decided it was time to follow his dream to build a business for his family.
In November 1996, John purchased the “Wee Bee” restaurant in East Bridgewater, MA and the transformation began with the help of Chiasson Builders. Johnny Macaroni’s opened its doors to our first customers in February 1997 with a 50-seat restaurant.
With the loyalty and support of so many local families over the years, it became evident that we needed to expand. Although we understood the ‘quirkiness’ of the original building, we also wanted to maintain its integrity. So, in November 2013, we purchased “Heather’s Place,” and after months of renovations from our trusted building partner, Chiasson Builders, we opened our second location in February 2014. To our delight, opening night was a huge success and we’ve built a base of loyal customers from Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanover, and many other surrounding cities at our second location.
Johnny Macaroni’s has opened a new location for catering pick ups and take out – lunch and dinner. We’re located on route 106 in Halifax, right by the Halifax / East Bridgewater town line. We’re excited to offer our customers great food, with an easy and convenient pick up area. Our new location is all about convenience. From phone ordering to parking, to the pick up counter, our new facility offers the ease and convenience our fabulous customers deserve. We now offer some new items, grab and go selections, as well as our time honored classics.
At Johnny Macaroni’s, it’s all about family, and our staff is no exception. Christopher Vallarelli has been with Johnny Macaroni’s since opening day, and now serves as Director of Restaurant Operations.
Over the years, our family has grown and so has the staff. Two more sons grew up in the business, Jonathan and Jensen, helping Dad out in the kitchen at a very young age. We consider staff a part of the Johnny Macaroni’s family, and many have been with us for 15 years. Many of our team started with us as high school students, and remain with us while attending college or raising families of their own.
We truly are a family-operated business. John continues to lead the vision for the Johnny Macaroni’s brand, and in 2016, the company introduced Johnny Macaroni’s line of sauces which can be purchased online and found in many food and specialty stores throughout MA and RI. John and Cheryl continue to develop partnerships and manage business development. Both Jonathan and Jensen serve in management roles.
Our mission remains the same as the first day we opened – serve wholesome and creative Italian meals and sauces just like those our customers remember enjoying at “Nonny’s” home on Sunday afternoons as a child. We look forward to continuing to serve our customers authentic and delicious Italian cuisine they’ve come to love, and introducing new food products that can be enjoyed at home.
Eat well, laugh often, love much. Bon appetito!