Who are the Salerno’s
One of Chicago’s favorite Pizza names for the past five decades. My grandparents Rosario and Francesca Salerno resided in Castrolibero, Cosenza, in the region of Calabria, Italy in the early 1950’s. They had five son’s (Vincenzo, Arnaldo, Antonio, Joseph, and Adamo) being raised on a farm in a two bedroom home with no running water or electricity and a separate outhouse. The brothers made the best of their young childhood and limited opportunities while in Cosenza. In 1957, my grandparents brought their family to America in hopes of finding a better place filled with opportunities for their children. They arrived at Ellis Island, NY by boat and ultimately settled here in Chicago, IL.
Salerno’s began their journey in the Pizza business when brothers Vincenzo and Arnaldo opened the Berwyn Tavern in 1966 on the corner of 16th Street and Wesley, in Berwyn, IL and quickly changed the name to Salerno’s Restaurant on 16th Street. Shortly thereafter, Joseph joined them in this venture. All of the brothers and Nonna Francesca began preparing their pizza recipe from the old country with Nonna rolling the dough with a broken broom stick and served their thick-crust pizza to their loyal patrons. In a short time the small narrow restaurant became famous and the lines grew with people waiting to get their hands on the fastest growing frenzy in Chicago.
The Next Chapter of Salerno’s Pizza
As Salerno’s continued growing as Chicago’s best pizza gaining high recognition for their high quality and unique thick-crust pizza, the brothers started planning their expansion. Antonio and Adamo joined the family business and the five Salerno brothers opened several locations throughout Chicagoland and as far as Gilbert, AZ. The success of the Salerno brand came from the use of high quality products and creating a very unique dough and sauce that one would recognize in a blind taste test. As you read many of the about us stories from many large pizza restaurants what they all have in common are the comments of using premium products and their commitment to quality. Salerno’s also believes in these attributes however, what makes us different is that our recipe calls for an over generous portion of these premium products which pays dividends with every bite our customers take! This, in my opinion, is why very few pizza companies even come close to the quality of a Salerno’s Pizza. Salerno’s pizza has been recognized as Chicago’s Best by many trade and media companies over the past almost 50 years!
Eight locations, still going strong and growing:
- Evviva Bar & Eatery (Lisle, IL)
- Evviva! Pizzeria & Cafe (Wheaton, IL)
- Fatty Magoo’s Bar & Eatery (Bolingbrook, IL)
- Salerno’s Pizzeria & Eatery (Mount Prospect)
- Salerno’s Pizzeria & Bar (Libertyville, IL)
- Salerno’s Pizzeria & Sports Bar (Hodgkins, IL)
- Salerno’s Nautical Playpen - Seasonal(31st St. Harbor -Chicago, IL)
- Coming Soon (Western Springs, IL)
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