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Business Beat: Bill Kitsilis named to national Restaurant Assoc. Board. Owns 2 RI restaurants.

Bill Kitsilis, of Angelo’s Palace Pizza & Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice, Added to the National Restaurant Association’s 2024 Board of Directors

The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) is proud to announce that former RIHA Chairman of the Board, Bill Kitsilis, owner of Angelo’s Palace Pizza and Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice, has been appointed to the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors for 2024.

From his humble beginnings assembling pizza boxes at his parents’ restaurant, Angelo’s Palace Pizza in Cumberland, Kitsilis rose through the ranks to become a respected leader and advocate in the hospitality community. He is responsible for introducing a Greek menu at Angelo’s Palace Pizza, adding a fresh flair to the traditional offerings, and winning over customers and critics alike. His hands-on approach in expanding Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice, which now has other locations across Rhode Island and Massachusetts, showcases his knack for creating a unique dining atmosphere and prioritizing customer satisfaction.

Beyond his business acumen, Kitsilis’ involvement with RIHA began when he was appointed to its Board of Directors in 2013, where he played a pivotal role in the “10% is Too Much” legislative campaign, rallying support from over 100 individuals. His ongoing commitment to the RIHA community stems from a genuine love for the fellowship and support it provides to restaurant owners. Kitsilis also served as chairman for RIHA’s Board of Directors in 2022 and 2023.

As an attorney with a keen understanding of the legal and regulatory landscape, Kitsilis has consistently advocated for the interests of small restaurant owners. His efforts at the State House, fighting for the welfare of the broader restaurant industry, demonstrate his passion for protecting and uplifting the entire hospitality community.

Kitsilis, a graduate of Providence College with a dual degree in Political Science and Philosophy, and a law degree from Boston College, brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to his new role on the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors. He is a resident of Providence.

“RIHA looks forward to seeing Bill’s continued impact on the national stage, where his unique insights and tireless advocacy will undoubtedly contribute to the growth and success of the restaurant industry across the United States,” said Dale J. Venturini, President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association. “His appointment is not only a personal achievement but also a moment of pride for the entire Rhode Island hospitality community.”

About the RI Hospitality Association (RIHA):
With more than 900 food service and hospitality members in Rhode Island, the RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) has been the voice of the hospitality industry in the state since 1963.  For more information on RIHA, please call (401) 223-1120, or write to: RI Hospitality Association, 94 Sabra Street, Cranston, RI, 02910, or visit

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