Tupelo Restaurant - Vanelli's Greek & Italian in Tupelo, MS
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Vanelli's Greek & Italian Restaurant in Tupelo MS  
THE STORY OF PAPA VANELLI & HIS RESTAURANT IN TUPELO, MS.
Demetrios Kapenekas was born in Athens, Greece in 1923. As a boy he and his sisters learned to cook from their mother. His father owned a restaurant and hotel in Athens during the 1920's and 30's.

When World War II came and Greece was occupied Demetrios left the country to join the Allied Forces in North Africa where he spent the remaining war years (1940-45).



After the war Demetrios joined the Merchant Marines, travelled the world, and eventually came to the United States in the early 1950's where he settled in Detroit, Michigan. Demetrios met his wife, married and became an American citizen; they had two sons, Bill and John.

Demetrios always yearned for the times he remembered as a boy; the aromas that flowed from his mother's kitchen. In the early 70's he moved to Mississippi. In 1975 he decided to open a restaurant in Tupelo where people could come and enjoy the foods that he had grown up with. It was only natural that his menu would consist of recipes that came from his mother and that he and his family enjoyed over the years.

When Demetrios decided to name his restaurant he asked himself, "Who's going to buy a pizza from a Greek named Kapenekas?". So, he decided to name his restaurant Vanelli's and ever since has been known as Papa Vanelli.

In 1978 his two sons, Bill and John joined him in the restaurant business. In 1991 Papa and his sons built their current restaurant on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, MS.

Come and enjoy classic Greek/Italian cuisine at Vanelli's Restaurant and become part of our family's tradition.

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Categories
Restaurant
Alcohol Served: Yes
Dress: Casual
Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner
Price: $$
Take-out: Yes
Type of Food: other
Arts and Entertainment
Business Type: Bars and Clubs
Business Type: Performing Arts
Child Friendly: Yes
Dress Code: Casual
Vanelli's Greek & Italian Restaurant in Tupelo MS
Address: 1302 N Gloster
Tupelo, MS 38804
USA
Phone: 662-844-4410
E-mail: vwk@vanellis.com
Hours:
Monday: 11-10
Tuesday: 11-10
Wednesday: 11-10
Thursday: 11-10
Friday: 11-11
Saturday: 11-11
Sunday: 11-9

Vanelli's Greek & Italian Restaurant in Tupelo MS — Restaurant, Arts and Entertainment — Tupelo

Products: GREEK CUISINE, ITALIAN CUISINE
Services: LIVE MUSIC
Specialties: PIZZA AND DELIVERY
Business Types: RESTAURANT IN TUPELO MS
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