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Serving the Ventura Community Since 1976!
The Original Pizza Chief opened its doors in 1976 on East Main Street in Ventura, CA. Robert Schwartz, who was only 16 years old at the time, born and raised in Ventura, was hired first as a delivery driver, then became a business partner and opened several other pizzerias in Ventura and the San Fernando Valley. Robert eventually sold his interest in the business and finished school at Business school at USC. Robert went into Real Estate Mortgage lending and continues to work in that industry. Fun Fact: Robert hired Mark Kenyon back in 1979, and Mark became an owner in 1983, and has been owner/operator for the last 39 years, until the band got back together in April of 2022. Robert's son Max is continuing his legacy by assisting the business with Mark! This is a treasure in Ventura, and we are so excited that since 1976, we are still Ventura's favorite Pizza!