Villaggio Sets To Open
An article by Chad Neal, The Villager.
The Pitillo family came to Ellicottville and started a legend. The Italian Restaurant that was also famous for being a hot nightclub, The Rusty Nail was a place that has many stories and tales in Ellicottville and was opened in 1974 by the late Mike Pitillo along with his wife Joan. The Pitillos owned the property which now is occupied by Wildflower condos and across the street where Peak Performance now stands was a building that housed three businesses side by side: My Place restaurant on one end, The Ski Rack in the middle and a bar on the other side called the Amber Goblet. They started building that business in the early seventies, which then morphed into The Rusty Nail. This was the second Rusty Nail out of three; the first one was in Limestone in 1972 and was a hit at the time because the Pennsylvania drinking age was 21 and New York was still 18. The third Rusty Nail was in Jamestown and started in 1977. Now, son of Joan and the late Mike Pitillo, Nick is opening up a “relaxed Italian dining” restaurant in the building that housed the Barn restaurant for decades. Read the full article at The Villager.