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Sicilian restaurant opened; Pennington's Antiques closed; Bill's Pizza has new owners

New Sicilian restaurant

Frontier Village has gained a new restaurant.

Fresca Café is a Sicilian-focused café that sells sandwiches, salads and homemade, all natural gelato and sorbetto.

"It has always been my dream to open up a gelateria, and now my dreams are coming true with my wife, Francesca," said co-owner Gianni Lisciandrello.

The couple moved to Prescott a few months ago from Queens, New York.

They first came to Prescott to visit Gianni's sister, Rosa Anzelmo (co-owner of Rosa's Pizzeria), and soon decided to make the move.

Gianni has experience working in his uncle's gelato shop in New York before getting into construction. His wife's first job was working in a bakery before she got into cosmetics.

Their restaurant stands out with imported Paninis, meats, cheeses and sodas from Italy.

Specials will be posted on the café's Facebook page. The menu will be changing slightly as the owners experiment with some items.

The café is located right next to Zeke's Eatin' Place and Fujiyama in the Frontier Village shopping center, 1781 E. Highway 69, Prescott. It opens every day at 11 a.m. and its evening hours vary between 7 and 10 p.m. depending on the day of the week.

To contact the restaurant, call 928-237-9700.

Pennington's Antique & Décor owners move on

Several months ago, owners of Pennington's Antiques & Décor Bonnie Devereaux and Mark Bargioni were looking for an "energetic" buyer to take over their business.

That buyer never came; so when their lease recently ran out, the business partners decided to let it go and continue on with their personal plans to pursue other interests.

"We had lovely dealers in there," Devereaux said. "Fortunately, they've all found other places to be along the street."

The building is currently up for sale.

Bill's Pizza new ownership

Bill's Pizza in downtown Prescott has recently changed hands.

Have no fear, loyal customers: the new owners are working closely with the previous owner, Bill Tracy, and are intent on keeping the pizzeria exactly the same.

"We've seen how many people love it the way it is, so we're going to make sure it stays that way," said Taylor Smythe, who now owns the restaurant with his father Stephen.

Tracy and the Stephens have been close buddies for many years now, so when Tracy was looking to sell, Stephen and Taylor made an offer.

"Bill's pretty much like an uncle to me," Taylor said.

Taylor was previously a residential home loan officer in Los Angeles and his father has built a career as an automobile industry company executive.

"Being a loan officer was alright, but the second that the pizza opportunity came up, I was excited," Taylor said.

Taylor works closely with his fiancé Charlotte Hunt to run the daily operation of the pizzeria. Tracy will still serve as general manager for the restaurant for about two years to ensure the transition goes smoothly.

Tracy owned Bill's Pizza since 2006. He still owns a Bill's Pizza in Palm Springs, California.

Winn Nails & Spa remodeling

Willy Tran, owner of Winn Nails & Spa, is remodeling his business. The store has been closed for about two weeks while it receives a new paint job. It will re-open Monday, Oct. 19.

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