For some, working alongside their family members day in and day out might be a recipe for disaster. Not the case, however, for the Howard family, who owns Raniero’s Pizzeria in Cold Spring, Kentucky.
“Doing this together as a family is one of my favorite things about Raniero’s,” says Natalie Howard Ramirez, who owns and operates the eatery along with her brother Michael, Jr. and parents Michael, Sr. and Mary (Meg). “We are all working together toward one goal.”
Open since late 2009 the Howard siblings named Raniero’s after their mother’s side of the family. They wanted to honor the memory of their grandfather, Louis Raniero, a 24-year member of the Newport, Kentucky, fire department, who retired in the mid-1970s.
“It’s really heartwarming when people come into the restaurant and tell us about how our grandpa helped them,” Natalie continues.
The Howard’s dedication to family and community is obvious when you walk through the door at Raniero’s. With walls covered in family photos, as well as decor from nearby Northern Kentucky University, Raniero’s has the feel of a neighborhood pizzeria. Offering pizza – both by the slice and by the pie – as well as hoagies, salads, appetizers and desserts, Raniero’s prides itself on the menu’s homemade, all-natural selections.
“Our dough is hand-tossed, and pizzas are baked in a stone deck oven,” says Natalie.”Our homemade sauces contain only natural ingredients with no high fructose corn syrup or other additives.”
To compliment the standard pizza selections, a wide selection of specialty pizzas is also on the menu. The award-winning Amore pizza features homemade garlic sauce, sausage, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions topped in mozzarella and provolone cheese and recently captured second place honors in the East Coast Pizza Expo.
Raniero’s commitment to community is as strong as their commitment to family. The restaurant is an official sponsor of Norse Force, the student spirit group for NKU and also participates in “Dine-to-Donate” nights for school sororities, fraternities and other organizations. In addition, Raniero’s collaborated with students and faculty from NKU’s Center for Applied Informatics in developing the restaurant’s website.
Known as much for their late night hours (Monday – Saturday until 2 a.m. and Sundays until midnight), as their lunch-time pizza and salad specials, Raniero’s provides the perfect weekend or weekday dine-out destination. Wednesday night is Karaoke night, and live entertainment is also on the calendar.
For more information about Raniero’s, visit their website or give them a call at 859.442.PIES (7437). They are located at 28 Martha Lane Collins Blvd., Cold Spring, Kentucky.
Hours are: Sunday: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Saturday: 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
The OMEGA MVP program was organized to help recognize, celebrate and promote the merchants, vendors and partners of OMEGA Processing Solutions. Raniero’s Pizzeria has been an OMEGA Processing Solutions merchant since 2009.