Vito’s parents, Joseph and Concetta, immigrated from Carrni, Sicily. The Cuccis came to America in 1956 and settled in Nutley, New Jersey where they had three children. Vito’s parents worked night and day running their restaurant Cucci’s in West Orange and parenting their three children. Vito as well as his brother Sergio and sister Marie eventually followed in their parent’s footsteps running Cucci’s Restaurant.
He graduated from Nutley High School in 1975 of which he was an all county, all area football player. Vito continued his education and football career at Ferrum Junior College in Ferrum, Virginia and moved onto Fordham University for Business. After college Vito moved to Italy to study under renowned Chef Luigi Bugiali.
Eventually Vito moved back to the states and worked for Raddison Hotels of which he held many management positions and also managed The Crystal Plaza in West Orange, New Jersey. After working many years working for other people Vito fulfilled his parents dream and worked at Cucci’s Restaurant with his whole family.
In 1995 Vito opened the renowned Crystal Caterers and Night Club in Lynhurst, New Jersey and today is the proud owner on the infamous Nanina’s in the Park in Bellville, New Jersey. Vito and his partners undertook a huge multimillion dollar renovation of Nanina’s in the Park. He continues to own Nanina’s in the Park and has worked hard to make Nanina’s in the Park a landmark in the community with a non for profit organization called Cheer Me Up and is one of the top caterers in the country.
Vito has been married for 26 years to his wife Clair and had a son Joseph. Joseph Cucci is a graduate of Bently College, was an All Atlantic Hockey Player and has his degree in business management.