Cannoli Kitchen Pizza has named Andrew DiMatteo as operations manager, according to a press release.

DiMatteo will serve on the brand’s leadership team and will spearhead its new franchisee training program as well as oversee operations for Cannoli Kitchen Pizza.

Most recently, DiMatteo serves as VP of operations for a privately-owned, multi-unit Italian restaurant brand.

“With Andrew’s culinary and restaurant training and his family’s Italian roots, he’s a perfect fit for this role. Coupled with his intimate familiarity with the culture that embodies Cannoli Kitchen Pizza, Andrew is poised to help propel our brand’s growth and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on our leadership team,” Austin Titus, president of Cannoli Kitchen Pizza, said in the release.

The brand will hold its first training school in May and provide seven weeks of learning: Two weeks in the classroom at their global headquarters in West Palm Beach, three weeks on-location at the Deerfield Beach restaurant and two weeks at new franchise locations.

“I spent most of my life in the restaurant business, learning with family and friends and loving every aspect of it,” DiMatteo said in the release. “As I step into this new role, I look forward to tapping into my depth of knowledge, years of experience and Italian roots to help Cannoli Kitchen Pizza and our incredible franchise owners grow and succeed.”

Cannoli Kitchen Pizza is a part of United Franchise Group, a family of affiliated brands and consultants whose members have access to a global network and nearly four decades of experience in the franchising industry and is among the concepts included in UFG’s food division, Big Flavor Brands.