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Our Story

Vincenzo’s was opened in 1988 by Vincenzo and Marilyn Occhipinti. They found love in 1957 as hairstylist in Syracuse, New York, wHere their families immigrated to from Collesano, Sicily to become shoemakers at the Nettleton Shoe Factory.  As hairstylist working together, they would often bring in delicious, made from scratch food for their co-workers and clients.  Their co-workers encouraged them to pursue their true passion and talent in the art of Sicilian cooking.  It was always their dream to bring their family recipes to us all, and they did for over 30 years right here in lake Elsinore.  Vincenzo had been serving people all his life, first the feet then the head and now the stomach.  It had come time for Vincenzo and Marilyn to retire and enjoy their life and travel to the places they love; the places that had inspired this little place we Call Vincenzo’s’ Olive Tree.  


Then the next chapter began for this amazing restaurant in 2019 when we, customers of over 20 years, Glenn and Carlene Jackson, purchased our favorite restaurant, Vincenzo’s, to ensure it never changes... staying true to its Sicilian roots the Occhipinti’s worked so hard to establish and maintain over the years. We have been enjoying Italian meals at Vincenzo’s Olive Tree starting from young children eating here with our families. For Glenn the food smells and tastes just like his grandma and Grandpa Stancati’s growing up. We both grew up here locally and were high school sweethearts at Temescal Canyon High School here in Lake Elsinore.


During our Grandma's birthday diner at Vincenzo's of course, we learned from Vincenzo that we was looking to sell the restaurant, we knew we needed to be the ones to buy it and keep it the place we all know and LOVE.  We purchased Vincenzo’s to ensure this place does not go away; from the home-style cooking, to the friendly staff and the hot, fresh rolls and table salsa to the meals that feed us for a few days and the beautiful setting created by the murals painted by a local atrist, Robin Golden, and the ambiance designed by Vincenzo and Marilyn themselves.  Our goal is that our grandchildren and their grandchildren will get to enjoy this restaurant just as we have all these years.  We look forward to serving you and your family and friends for many many years.  Thank you for your continues support and the memories you make with us!  Gratzi!

~ Glenn & Carlene Jackson ~