Famous Chicago Restaurants Over 50 Years Old - 2024

Chicago apartment renters don't just lease an apartment — they lease a neighborhood. So Domu has compiled this list of famous Chicago restaurants operating in Chicago's neighborhoods for 50 years or longer. It's part of our ongoing effort to educate our Chicago tenants about the neighborhoods in which they live. We figure if you can keep it going for 50 years, you must be doing something right, even if, as in the case of Jimmy's Red Hots (founded 1954), the entire menu consists of Polish sausage, a hot dog, a tamale, french fries, and soda.

So have a look, take a bite (or several), and then let us know if these classic Chicago restaurants still have the magic after half a century of doing business in Chicago apartments.

1892 — Daley's Restaurant

John Daley moved from Ireland to Chicago and found a job working on constructing the elevated train lines developed for the Columbian Exposition, among other things. The young ironworker decided that the Woodlawn neighborhood needed a dining establishment to feed his fellow workers, so in 1892, he opened Daley's Restaurant at 803 East 63rd Street in the Englewood neighborhood. In 1918, he sold the business to two young Greek immigrants, Tom Kyros and Paul Emmanuel (which explains why the sign outside the restaurant says "since 1918"). Tom worked as a waiter and Paul as the cook. Together, they operated the restaurant until 1932, when they demolished the building, intending to construct a more extensive, better Daley's Restaurant. Unfortunately, their bank failed in the middle of the construction, leaving nothing but a big hole in the ground. By 1937, Tom and Paul had accumulated enough money from other jobs to complete the long-stalled project, and the eatery returned as the "New Daley's Restaurant." The business remained in the family even after Tom and Paul retired, and the restaurant went through a series of expansions in the 1960s that returned it to its original size. Today, it's the oldest restaurant in Chicago.

Trivia buffs will be happy to know that Muhammad Ali frequently ate here between training sessions at any one of many local gyms.

1898 — The Berghoff
Chicago Loop

Herman Joseph Berghoff founded a brewery in Indiana and sold his beer at the Columbian Exposition (otherwise known as the World's Fair) in 1893. He opened a men's-only salon at 17 West Adams Street and served free corned beef sandwiches to patrons who purchased a stein of beer. Upon the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the Berghoff was awarded Chicago's first two liquor licenses, one for the bar and one for the restaurant, and each is hanging on the wall in the dining room today. It wasn't until the repeal of Prohibition that the Berghoff became a "full restaurant." The bar (as opposed to the restaurant) remained a men's-only hangout until 1969 when seven members of the National Organization of Women (Gloria Steinem included) sat down at the counter and demanded service. At the time, Herman Berghoff (from the third generation of the family) was allegedly so fearful of an encounter with the women that he spent the entire time hiding in his office. He did, however, consent to their being served.

The restaurant is now in its fourth generation of family ownership and is operated by Carlyn Berghoff. It is the second-oldest restaurant in the city. Diners enjoy traditional German and modern American fare, and root beer has always been a favorite (a tradition dating back to the Prohibition era).

By the way, movie buffs will be glad to know that Gotham cops arrested many gangsters inside the Berghoff in The Dark Knight.

1907 — The Walnut Room
Chicago Loop

The Walnut Room at 111 North State Street has served hungry shoppers at Marshall Field's (and now Macy's) since 1907. Back then, there were no local dining options for women, so one of the clerks in the millinery department, a certain "Mrs. Hering," baked homemade chicken pot pies and brought them in to keep her clientele from defecting when suffering from hunger pangs. These same chicken pot pies remain on the menu today. The cavernous 17,000 square-foot, seventh-floor restaurant features walls constructed with Circassian wood imported from Russia and chandeliers fabricated with original Austrian crystal. During the holidays, the Great Tree is a monumental attraction. It approaches 50 feet in height and contains about 19,000 lights. Dining under the Great Tree has been a longtime Chicago tradition, and some groups have been coming for 60 or more years in a row. The annual spring flower show is another major attraction in the Walnut Room.

1908 — Cafe Brauer
Lincoln Park

Cafe Brauer at 2021 North Stockton Drive (also known as the South Pond Refectory) has served Chicagoans for over 50 years, though not consecutively. It was perched along the edge of the South Pond in Lincoln Park, on the grounds of the Lincoln Park Zoo; the cafe initially opened in 1908 in a classic, elegant, highly acclaimed, prairie-style building designed by Dwight H. Perkins. Originally commissioned by the Brauer family, the restaurant was one of the most popular eateries in Chicago in the early twentieth century. It gradually declined following the repeal of Prohibition, partly because state law forbids the service of alcoholic beverages in public parks. Cafe Brauer ultimately closed in 1941 and remained dormant for nearly 50 years while the building served as a storage facility for the zoo. After years of community efforts to revive it, a renovated Cafe Brauer reopened in January 1990. Its stunning, expansive reception hall has become popular as an event space and has served as a beautiful backdrop to exchanging many vows. In the summer, zoogoers and other passersby can enjoy a nice meal on the patio adjacent to the cafe, at the brink of the recently restored lagoon.

1909 — Pompei Bakery
University Village

Luigi Davino established Pompei Bakery back in 1909 at 1531 West Taylor Street. He named his restaurant "Pompei" because of its proximity to the Our Lady of Pompeii Church (which, like the bakery, remains active today). Luigi, his wife, his four sons, and his daughter lived above the bakery, and the entire family participated in the pizza-making operations. (In the early years, they exclusively served cheese pizza.)  After the Davino boys returned from the Second World War in 1944, they helped Luigi run the business. Today, members of the fourth generation of the Davino family are involved in running the operation, which has since expanded to include several locations in the Chicagoland area.

1921 — Margie's Candies
Humboldt Park

The "Security Sweet Shop" was founded in 1921 by a Greek immigrant named Peter George Poulos. Peter soon handed off the operations to his son George, who renamed the confectionery "Margie's Candies" in honor of his wife, whom he met at the store during his youth. Margie managed the shop at 1960 North Western Avenue in Humboldt Park during the Second World War while George served in the armed forces. She ultimately assumed complete control in 1954 after George passed away from an ulcer. A widow for the next four decades, Margie ran the legendary local restaurant and candy shop until she died in 1995 when her son Peter assumed complete control of the business. Al Capone is said to have been a frequent patron, although Margie's "fab" moment arrived in 1965 when the Beatles dropped in with five girls after a concert at Comiskey Park and ordered several six-scoop "Atomic Sundaes." Since then, the interior has been abundantly adorned with Beatles memorabilia, which complements the original Tiffany lamps, the marble soda fountain, and the old-fashioned booths with miniature jukeboxes. (By the way, the Rolling Stones have been here too.)  In 2005, Margie's son Peter opened a second location in the North Center neighborhood.

1921 — Valois
Hyde Park 

Valois (pronounced "Valleys" by the locals) has been serving up heaping portions for bargain prices since 1921. The cafeteria-style eatery was initially opened at 55th Street and Harper Avenue by William Valois, who previously worked as the chef at the Chicago Beach Hotel. Valois sold the business to Walter Allman in 1957, when the building was slated for demolition, and Allman kept hope alive by moving the restaurant to its present location at 1518 East 53rd Street. In 1969, the restaurant changed hands again after Allman had a sudden heart attack and died. Open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Valois most recently achieved notoriety for being a favorite local destination of President Barack Obama, although Harold Washington was a regular too. The book "slim's table: race, respectability, and masculinity," authored by Mitchell Duneier and published in 1992, chronicled African-American life in Chicago and was modeled on customers that Duneier encountered nearly every day over four years of eating at the restaurant.

As in yesteryear, patrons still grab trays and move down the cafeteria line where you can "See Your Food" (as the awning has proclaimed since Walter Allman first hung it in the late 1950s). Valois continues to serve meals to the entire Hyde Park demographic, from pensioners to professionals, but remember cash only.

1921 — The Green Door Tavern
River North

After the Great Fire incinerated most of Chicago in 1871, a local engineer named James McCole built a two-story, balloon-frame wooden structure with a detached garage at the southwest corner of Huron and Orleans. A few months later, the city council passed an ordinance prohibiting the construction of wooden buildings in the downtown district, making McCole's structure one of the few remaining wooden structures built before the "new" law. In 1921, Vito Giacomo opened a restaurant on the first floor, replacing a grocery store that had operated there for the preceding 49 years. The restaurant, known as "The Green Door," snuck through the Prohibition era as a speakeasy (which explains its name). The building tilts slightly toward the north because it began to settle into the Earth in the early 1900s.

The tavern has changed very little through the years and is peppered with "bric-a-brac" as antique signs, posters, photographs, and other nostalgia. The soapbox car hanging from the ceiling was once used in a race in which Illinois native and former United States President Ronald Reagan participated. Harry Caray was a frequent visitor, and one of his Budweiser commercials was filmed at 678 North Orleans Street.

1923 — Lou Mitchell's
Chicago Loop

William Mitchell entered the restaurant business in 1923 by opening a diner named after his son, Lou. The entire Mitchell family was involved in the operation, and in 1949, the thriving eatery moved directly across the street to 565 West Jackson Street in the Loop, which continues to serve hungry patrons today. The restaurant looks the same now as it did at its inception, both inside and out, and a neon sign trumpeting the "world's best coffee" remains in place from the beginning. Travel and trivia buffs may know that its proximity to the starting point of Route 66 caused it to be known as "the first stop on the Mother Road." In 1958, Lou Mitchell, who had assumed control from his father, initiated the restaurant's signature tradition of serving donut holes and Milk Duds to waiting customers. Lou continued to run the business until he was in his seventies, but as of 1992, his niece, Katherine Thanas, has overseen the operations.

The restaurant claims Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43), and Obama have all eaten there.

1924 — Lindy's Chili
McKinley Park

Lindy's Chili has been dishing it out to hungry Chicagoans at 3685 South Archer Avenue in McKinley Park since 1924. In 1974, Joe and John Yesutis purchased Lindy's Chili and Gertie's Ice Cream Company (a Chicago institution since 1901) and combined them into a single enterprise. They franchised the business in the 1980s but still hold the franchise rights. 

Diners have the luxury of a full menu, including sandwiches and burgers of all types, although Lindy's is renowned for its chili. As of this writing, there are ten Lindy's Chili and Gertie's Ice Cream locations in the Chicagoland area.

1924 — Orange Garden
North Center

At 1942 West Irving Park Avenue in North Center, Orange Garden is the oldest Chinese restaurant in Chicago. It opened for business in 1924, nearly a quarter of a century older than the People's Republic of China. However, it didn't adopt "Orange Garden" until 1932. The sign that hangs outside is the oldest neon light in the city. The clock that hangs inside has been on the wall since 1932. The frescoes were painted in 1944, and the restaurant, to preserve its heritage, follows a simple rule: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Ownership has changed hands only once, and the current owner was a family friend of the original owners.

Though the online reviews tend to be all over the map, it's not easy to stay in business for nearly 100 years without doing something right, and there's no shortage of locals who swear by the food.

1927 — Italian Village
Chicago Loop

Alfredo Capitani was born in Sao Paolo, Brazil, but moved to Florence, Italy as a child. After serving in the Italian Army during the First World War, he emigrated to the United States in 1924 to escape Benito Mussolini's fascist regime. He settled in Chicago and found work as a dishwasher before opening the Italian Village restaurant at 71 West Monroe Street in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago in 1927. His authentic Italian eatery is now the oldest Italian restaurant in the city. Capitanini's kitchen was trendy among performers at the Lyric Opera, which counted Alfredo's wife, Ada, among its loyal patrons. Therefore, it should be no surprise that Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo have dined here. Of course, the restaurant has also been immensely popular with other celebrities over the years, as the wall photographs demonstrate. Frank Sinatra held his wedding reception here. Al Capone (a celebrity of sorts) was a frequent diner. Barbra Streisand took her first meal in Chicago here, and such rock 'n' rollers as Bon Jovi and the band "Kiss" have been known to eat here. And, yes, local Chicago politicians have always been all over this place.

The Italian Village continues to be renowned for its extensive wine list, and the restaurant's design remains unchanged. The booths are named after different places in the "village," including the library, the convent, the hospital, and the jail. The rotating water wheel and twinkling lights on the ceiling are still here.

In 1955, Alfredo Capitanini opened La Cantina (a steak and seafood house) on the lower level, notable for its long, dark, narrow wine cellar decor and cozy booths. He passed away in 1988, but the restaurant remains in the third generation of his family today.

1931 — Tufano's Vernon Park Tap
University Village

Joseph and Theresa (Tufano) DiBuono opened Tufano's Vernon Park Tap in 1931 at 1073 West Vernon Park Place in the heart of Little Italy's golden age, long before the University of Illinois crashed the neighborhood. Theresa, the family matriarch, used to live right next door. She would cook the meals from her kitchen and then pass the plates through an interior window connected to the restaurant. That tiny opening still exists today. Throughout the years, Tufano's has been a favorite dining spot for celebrities of Italian origin, such as Frank Sinatra (would you have guessed anyone else?), although Chicagoans of all ethnicities have enjoyed this classic red-sauce experience, including, most notably, novelist and northside Nelson Algren, who made the joint a habit before White Sox games.

The James Beard Foundation designated Tufano's one of "America's classic restaurants" in 2008. Today, it's owned and operated by Joey DiBuono, grandson of the founders, although many other family members continue to work there. Joey says he recognizes most of his customers, an added touch that contributes significantly to its ambiance and success.

1932 — Twin Anchors
Old Town

Twin Anchors arguably enjoys more notoriety than any other restaurant in Chicago. Since 1932, it has served its famous brand of baby back ribs to everyone from humble neighbors to international celebrities, including its most famous "regular," Frank Sinatra. With its nautical theme and cozy decor, the restaurant has been cooking ribs from the same building since its inception: a three-story brick edifice built in 1881 and served as a brewery for some time before the First World War at 1655 North Sedgwick Street.  Two major motion pictures captured the ambiance of the restaurant ("Return To Me" and "The Dark Knight"); Conan O'Brien listed the restaurant as one of his ten "must-haves;" the HBO drama "Boardwalk Empire" selected the Twin Anchors for its "Speakeasy Tour" documentary, and Emeril Lagasse showcased the restaurant on his television show "The Originals With Emeril." 

1932 — Vito & Nick's Pizzeria

Vito and Mary Barraco, natives of Sicily, opened a small tavern near downtown Chicago in 1923. They opened "Vito's Tavern" nine years later at 80th and Halsted. In 1939, they moved the tavern to 79th and Carpenter, adding table service and a menu of Italian-style sandwiches. After their son, Nick, returned from the Army at the end of the Second World War, they added cracker-thin pizza and a wider variety of home-cooked meals. The restaurant was now known as "Vito and Nick's," the pizza soon became a Southside Chicago sensation. On June 25, 1965, Vito and Nick's moved to 84th and Pulaski, at 8433 South Pulaski, in the Ashburn neighborhood of Chicago, where it remains today. In its third generation, the Chicago restaurant remains famous for its crunchy, thin-crust pizza, featuring popular toppings such as Italian beef or eggs with deep-fried pepperoni and other traditional Italian fare. Located in a nondescript brick building with an Italian tricolor awning, the pizzeria retains its authentic family feel with plenty of tables and ample seating at the bar. Nick passed away in 2002, and his daughter Rosemary George runs the show today. Rosemary's brother Nick now operates Vito & Nick II, although the pizzerias are no longer related

1933 — Bruna's

Bruna Cani, also known as "Bella Bruna," opened this restaurant in 1933 in a neighborhood rich with immigrants from the Tuscany region of Italy. Bruna, who would dance at the bar to delight her hungry patrons, continued to dish out Italian fare until illness forced her to retire in 1981. At that time, she sold the restaurant to Luciano Silvestri, a fellow native of Tuscany who, like Bruna, specializes in northern Italian cuisine. Since it first opened, the restaurant has been operating in the same location, at 2424 South Oakley Avenue in Pilsen. Over the years, many celebrities and dignitaries had dined here, including Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Tommy Lasorda, Cardinal Bernadine, all the Daley brothers, and Dennis Farina. As of February 2012, Bruna's 93-year-old daughter was still the landlord of the building. He lived a few blocks away while still a police detective.

1934 — The Billy Goat Tavern
River North

The Billy Goat Tavern has easily achieved more notoriety than any burger joint in Chicago history. Initially opened in the shadow of the old Chicago Stadium by the eccentric William (Billy) Sianis in either 1934 or 1937, it gained its first blast of publicity in 1944 when Billy hung a sign saying, "No Republicans Allowed" during the Republican National Convention. The following year, the Billy Goat Tavern became indelibly and supernaturally entangled in the city's sports history. Before the fourth game of the 1945 World Series, with the Cubs leading the Detroit Tigers two games to one, Sianis attempted to bring his pet billy goat into Wrigley Field but was turned away, allegedly by William Wrigley himself and allegedly because the goat smelled terrible. Sianis, angry and upset, retaliated by purporting to place a curse on the Cubs, vowing they would never return to the World Series again. The hapless northsiders lost the 1945 affair and, ostensibly because of the "Curse of the Billy Goat," have not returned since, despite being painfully close on several occasions. Some observers of paranormal activity insist that the curse reared its ugly head in the form of a black cat tiptoeing past Hall-Of-Famer Ron Santo at Shea Stadium shortly before the Cubs blew a monumental first-place lead during the 1969 season. Other mediums of the supernatural claim that the curse caused a routine ground ball to pass unobstructed through Leon Durham's legs in the 1984 National League Championship Series.

Still, other psychic observers assert that the curse reappeared as Steve Bartman in 2003. The Billy Goat Tavern relocated to 430 North Michigan Avenue (Lower Level) of Michigan Avenue in 1964. It soon became a favorite lunching spot for journalists at the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, most notably Mike Royko. Bill Murray, a frequent diner, made the Billy Goat Tavern the subject of a famous Saturday Night Live sketch in which the proprietors famously shouted, "Cheezborger, cheezborger, cheezborger!" and replied, "No Coke. Pepsi." (Or "No Fries.  Chips.")  Today, several additional BIlly Goat locations around the city, "No Pepsi. Coke."

1935 — Miller's Pub
Chicago Loop

In 1950, Miller's Pub was a dark, no-frills saloon and a reputed front for a mob-run bookmaking operation, so naturally, it fell on hard times following a police raid. The Miller brothers, who originally opened the dusty joint in 1935, were looking to sell when Pete, Nick, and Jimmy Gallios emerged to create a lively eatery from a dreary pub. Sons of working-class Greek immigrants, the Gallios brothers, couldn't afford to commission a new sign after sinking their life savings into the acquisition, so the name "Miller's Pub" remained on the door. The brothers were not strangers to the restaurant business, having all worked for Gus Sianis at the original Billy Goat Tavern on Madison Street. Located (back then) at 23 East Adams, Miller's Pub gradually expanded, even taking in a fourth Gallios brother, Vannie, as a partner. Soon, it became a popular celebrity hangout, catering to all entertainers and ballplayers, White Sox and Cubs alike. Bill Veeck became a close friend of the Gallios family, and there were occasions when practically all of the White Sox could be found at the restaurant. Veeck remarked that Miller's Pub is "one of the four or five best saloons I've ever been in, and I have spent a great deal of my life in saloons." Photographs of the many celebrity regulars through the years, including Jimmy Durante, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Jack Benny, and Rocky Marciano, continue to adorn the walls. Following a kitchen fire, the restaurant moved to 134 South Wabash, just around the block, in 1989, where it remains a Chicago Loop institution.

1938 — Al's No. 1 Italian Beef

In 1938, a first-generation Italian-American named Albert Ferrerri opened an outdoor stand at Laflin and Harrison Streets and began serving Italian beef and sausages cooked over a charcoal grill. It was largely a front for a horse racing and baseball bookmaking business, but after the cops busted up the gambling ring, the sandwich-making operations continued unabated. In 1963, Albert and his brother-in-law Christopher Pacelli split the business in two and opened their own separate "Al's Barbeque" restaurants in the neighborhood. Pacelli's joint opened at 1079 West Taylor Street in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, and in the 1980's it was renamed "Al's No. 1 Italian Beef." Meanwhile, Albert Ferrerri, who remained a gambler and a hustler his whole life, passed away in 2001 at 90.

1938 — Frances' Deli
Lincoln Park

As the deco sign says outside the restaurant, Frances' Deli has been serving meals to hungry diners since 1938. Now located a few blocks north of its original hole-in-the-wall location at 2552 North Clark Street, Frances fancies herself a delicatessen. Yes, there are heaping, traditional deli-type sandwiches and such ethnic delights as fried matzoh and matzoh-ball soup, but a New York-style delicatessen atmosphere is not the schtick here. Still, the menu veers profoundly into modern American fare.

1939 — Blackie's Restaurant & Tavern
Printer's Row

No, Blackie's Restaurant & Tavern at 755 South Clark Street has absolutely no relation to, or affiliation with, the bankrupt "Boston Blackie's," a burger joint of far more recent vintage whose owner was apprehended while fleeing the country in the wake of a two million dollar check-kiting scheme. This particular Blackie's has been around since 1939 and has no apparent history of dust-ups with the law. As the story goes, Alex Dimilio opened the restaurant and asked his friend, bandleader Jimmy Dorsey, to help him make it a destination for Hollywood stars arriving at Dearborn Station across the street. Dorsey agreed on the condition that Dimilio would hire a kid whose nickname was "Blackie" (because the irises of his eyes were pitch black). Dimilio obliged, even naming the restaurant after the guy and making him the maitre d'. Over the course of the ensuing decades, Blackie's served meals to luminaries such as Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Betty Gable, the Marx Brothers, and the Three Stooges. During a whistle-stop on his 1948 presidential campaign, Harry S. Truman reportedly stopped by and sang "The Missouri Waltz." Even after Dearborn Station closed, St. Peter's Church was demolished, and many of the nearby printing companies fled the neighborhood, the restaurant forged on, seemingly nonplussed. Sometime in the 1970s, Dimilio's grandson, Jeffrey Thomas, acquired and rehabbed the place, and, today, in a revitalized Printer's Row, it is still going strong.

1939 — White Palace Grill
South Loop

Since 1939, the White Palace Grill at 1159 South Canal Street in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood has been dishing out down-home, diner-style food 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. When the restaurant was featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," owner George Liakopolous told Guy Fieri that the front doors have locks only because city code requires it. He never obtained a key when he purchased the diner several years earlier. The menu remains the same throughout the day, which means eggs for dinner and short ribs for breakfast (if that's what tickles your fancy). The patrons represent every conceivable demographic, and the food (including the sauces) is prepared by hand at the restaurant.

1939 – Jim's Original
University Village

From 1939 to 2001, Jim's Original was a mainstay at the once-bustling corner of Maxwell and Halsted Streets. Still, the expansion of the University of Illinois-Chicago ultimately pushed it out of the rapidly-changing neighborhood. A purveyor of juicy and delicious Polish sausage sandwiches (served by default with grilled onions and mustard only), it was opened by the eponymous "Jimmy," who originally acquired the location from his aunt. The business flourished even after the Maxwell Street neighborhood descended into a patch of urban blight. Jimmy, who apparently escaped both the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of Nazism, died in 1976 but passed the business off to Gus Christopoulos, who passed it down to his son, conveniently named Jim. Although Jim's Original can now be found along the west side of the Dan Ryan Expressway at 1250 South Union Avenue, the original can still be nostalgically admired in the background of the "Blues Brothers" movie. (And, no, Jim's Original is unrelated to Jimmy's Red Hots. That's why Jim likes to remind everyone that he's "Jim's Original.")  Customers are known for being "regulars," including Ernie Banks and Lovie Smith.

1939 — Hackney's

With its big white columns out front, Hackney’s on Lake looks kind of like a courthouse. But nobody ever had this much fun in court. At least not legally. Complete with big, roomy dining rooms, a great circle bar and a charming outdoor patio, Hackney’s on Lake is the perfect place for your next party.

1940 — Marie's Pizza & Liquors

Marie's Pizza & Liquors at 4127 West Lawrence Avenue has been serving it up at this same Mayfair street corner since 1940. In its third generation of ownership, this "old school" Chicago institution has more than a fair share of groupies who claim this is the best destination for thin crust pizza in the entire city. The decor hasn't changed (ever), the waitstaff has been fixtures for decades, and live music can still be heard several days a week. Marie's becomes more famous for its decorations than its food during Christmas. The lights, the elves, the train tracks, and the festivity all create a magical atmosphere. Oddly enough, the restaurant is joined at the hip by a liquor store selling thousands of bottles of wine, among other spirits.

1941 — Gene & Georgetti
River North

Gene & Georgetti, Chicago's oldest steakhouse, has been serving prime cuts from the same historic location since 1941 at 500 North Franklin in River North. Gene Michelotti, an Italian emigre and avuncular host, and his chef friend, Alfredo Federighi (nicknamed "Georgetti" after a famed Italian cyclist), breathed life into their American dream in this wooden building, erected in 1872 shortly after the Great Fire. Today, this Chicago institution, a longtime haven for celebrity diners, is operated by Tony Durpetti, who grew up a few doors down from the restaurant and married Gene's daughter, Marion. The chef, the bartender, and many of the waitstaff have been the restaurant's mainstays, many having worked there for several decades.

1942 — Manny's
South Loop

Before the Second World War, brothers Jack and Charlie Raskin opened a cafeteria and served ethnic Jewish food using recipes they learned during their childhood days in Russia. After a short time, Jack opened his restaurant in the vicinity of Maxwell Street in Chicago and named it "Manny's" after his son, Manuel. Legend has it that the existing restaurant was called "Sunny's," so naming it Manny's merely necessitated paying for two new letters rather than an entirely new sign. The restaurant moved a few times before landing in its present location in 1964 at 1141 South Jefferson Street in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. It continues to serve Jewish food cafeteria-style and is now operated by sons and daughters in the fourth generation of the family.

1943 — Pizzeria Uno
River North

Pizzeria Uno, often referred to simply as Uno's, is a famous pizzeria located in Chicago, Illinois. It is credited with being the birthplace of the deep-dish pizza, a style of pizza characterized by its deep crust, which allows for generous toppings and cheese. Uno's opened its doors in 1943, founded by Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo. They aimed to offer a unique and hearty pizza that stood out from the thin-crust pizzas commonly found in the region at the time. 

Pizzeria Uno's deep-dish pizza typically features a thick, buttery crust, followed by layers of cheese, toppings such as sausage, pepperoni, vegetables, and then topped with a chunky tomato sauce. The pizza is baked in a deep, round pan, giving it its characteristic shape and allowing for the ample ingredients to meld together into a satisfyingly rich and hearty pie.

Over the years, Pizzeria Uno has expanded, and its success led to the creation of a sister restaurant, Pizzeria Due, located nearby. Today, Uno's is part of a larger chain of restaurants known as Uno Chicago Grill or Uno Pizzeria & Grill, with locations across the United States.

1945 — Ann Sather's

In 1945, Ann Sather purchased a small Swedish diner at 929 West Belmont Avenue. The restaurant had already been open for 22 years, but she soon put her name on the front door and began styling the inexpensive, home-style fare in her fashion. She continued to operate the restaurant and bakery until 1981, when she sold the business to Tom Tunney, a savvy 26-year-old who quickly learned the ropes under her tutelage. Before long, Tunney moved the restaurant to this location, where he could accommodate four times as many people. In 1987, Tunney opened a second location in Andersonville, and two other Ann Sather Cafes followed. Today, Tom Tunney is a renowned and respected Chicago alderman serving the same Lakeview neighborhood.

1946 — Coletti's
Jefferson Park

Formerly known as "El Centro," Coletti's has been dishing out Italian favorites since 1946. The menu is extensive, but the restaurant is perhaps best known for its barbeque ribs and thin crust pizza. Coletti's has grown to include a catering operation in its fourth generation of family ownership and specializes in banquets serving 25 to 100 people at 5707 North Central Avenue.

1947 — Home Run Inn
Little Village

Vincent and Mary Grittani opened a tavern here in 1923 and named it the "Home Run Inn" because baseballs had a way of flying out of the park across the street and shattering their front window at 4254 West 31st Street in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. Vincent and Mary had a daughter, Loretta, who married an Italian immigrant named Nick Perrino. Nick had moved to the United States at the age of 17 and served in the armed forces during the Second World War. After hostilities, he returned home looking for a job. Meanwhile, his father-in-law Vincent had passed away in 1943, and Mary needed help running the business. Nick, a former mess sergeant, went to work at the Home Run Inn and began baking breadsticks for the bar patrons. The breadsticks were a big hit, so Nick and Mary experimented with pizza. After settling on a recipe, they began cutting up square slices of hot pizza and giving them away to the customers. The pizza, which debuted in 1947, was an instant sensation, and before long, the Home Run Inn became a pizza parlor. Over the ensuing six decades, and primarily under the stewardship of Nick's son Joe, the Home Run Inn began selling frozen pizzas to local grocers, expanding to new retail locations, and increasing the size of its original location (it now accommodates 600 people), and creating new facilities to manage the frozen pizza distribution demand. Today, consumers in 20 states enjoy Home Run Inn's famous thin-crust pizza. Incidentally, Mary Grittani passed away in 1970, and Nick Perrino passed away in 1990. The business remains in the family today.

1947 — Italian Fiesta Pizzeria
Hyde Park

Phillip and Connie DeCarlo started the first Italian Fiesta Pizzeria in the late 1940s. Originally located at 67th and Dorchester in Chicago, the restaurant moved to 71st and Euclid in the 1950s. Their son, Frank DeCarlo, worked in the restaurant from a young age, where he met Joan, a waitress at the pizzeria who eventually became his wife. The DeCarlos had three daughters, Patti, Connie, and Kathy, who were all involved in the family business.

After his dad passed away, Frank DeCarlo worked with his mother in the original pizzeria. He had the idea to open additional restaurants, two more in Chicago and another in Dolton. After Frank DeCarlo passed away in 1993, the business continued through the efforts of his wife Joan and daughter Patti.

Today, the business is still family-owned and –operated by the DeCarlo daughters, along with their sons Steven Harris and Chris King, the fourth generation of the DeCarlo family. The fifth pizzeria opened in New Lenox in 2007.

1948 — The Woodlawn Tap (Jimmy's)
Hyde Park

It's marginally a restaurant, but it's been around so long and enjoyed so much notoriety that it simply can't be ignored. At 1172 East 55th Street, the Woodlawn Tap was one of many bars and taverns along a lively strip of 55th Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago when Jimmy Wilson, a famous local bartender, acquired the business in 1948 and made it his own. For the ensuing 51 years, he poured drinks and served cheap bar food to citizens from all stations in life, from the blue-collar crowd to Nobel laureates and other professors at the nearby University of Chicago. Patrons have reportedly included Saul Bellow, Margaret Mead, and Dylan Thomas. The Woodlawn Tap became so closely associated with Jimmy Wilson that it became known as "Jimmy's," although "Jimmy's" was never part of its actual name. In 1982, on Jimmy's 70th birthday, the President of the University of Chicago recognized his contribution to the neighborhood, its students, and its faculty with a proclamation declaring him an honorary post-doctoral alumnus. In 1999, after Jimmy Wilson passed away, the Woodlawn Tap was purchased by bar manager Bill Callahan, who was forced to fight tooth-and-nail to retain the liquor license, denied initially because the bar was allegedly within 100 feet of a church (89 to be exact). A petition bearing thousands of signatures was soon presented to Richard M. Daley. The denial was reversed on appeal, and Jimmy's Woodlawn Tap, now renovated but closely resembling the original, remains open today, serving drinks and cheeseburgers, hot dogs, Italian beef, Polish sausage, roast beef, and other finger food favorites.

1948 — Superdawg
Norwood Park

Superdawg at 6363 North Milwaukee Avenue is one of the few remaining drive-in restaurants in the country and the last one in Chicago. It was first opened in 1948 by Maurie and Flaurie Berman, and it remains a family business today. Maurie and Flaurie are depicted as hot dogs on the roof of the building, and, last we checked, both remain alive and well. Customers drive up and order through a metallic speaker box. Carhops deliver the food on a tray that attaches to the front window (although there's limited counter seating inside and a few patio tables outside). By the way, it's a "Superdawg," not a hot dog. It's bigger than most Chicago hot dogs and loaded with condiments, including mustard, relish, chopped onions, and a giant green pickle. All sandwiches are served with crinkle-cut french fries and green tomatoes in distinctive heat-preserving boxes. All sandwiches are served with crinkle-cut french fries and green tomatoes in distinctive heat-preserving boxes. Order a "hot dog," and you'll get an icy stare, as any loyal Superdawg customer can attest. Oh, and no ketchup. Do you want ketchup? Then put it on yourself.

1948 — Calumet Fisheries
South Deering

Brothers-in-law Sid Kotlick and Len Toll purchased the Calumet Fisheries in 1948. They created a restaurant that became famous for its oak-smoked seafood (salmon steaks, trout, chubs, and shrimp), cured in a tiny smokehouse outback. Calumet Fisheries is located at 3259 East 95th Street in the South Deering neighborhood of Chicago. It's strictly a carry-out operation, with the smoked shrimp and the smoked salmon being the biggest sellers. There's no seating, bathroom, or parking, and credit cards are not accepted. In 2010, Calumet Fisheries (still owned by the Kotlick and Toll families) was one of five restaurants the James Beard Foundation honored as an American classic. To earn the award, the South Side eatery demonstrated a timeless appeal and quality food reflecting the character of its community.

Incidentally, fans of the Blues Brothers may know that Jake and Elwood Blues, driving their second-hand police cruiser, pass directly in front of Calumet Fisheries as they accelerate and then hurdle the drawbridge over the Calumet River. At the same time, "She Caught The Katy" blares in the background. Photographs of the movie sequence are displayed inside the red-roofed shack and other memorabilia.

1949 — Charcoal Oven

The news was out. Phillip Georgouses, that Northwestern kid folks remember working over at The Little Club before he went off to WWII, was back — and he was taking the whole place over. The NU favorite would be renamed Charcoal Oven, and Phil (pictured - left) had some big ideas about the menu. By the 1960s, a "real" kitchen would be added to cook up the Charcoal's new regime of dining fare — fresh fish, Greek chicken and lamb chops served on "real" white tablecloths with "real" silver. Today, many of the regulars still order off the menu, sometimes even calling Phil at home the night before to say, "You know, tomorrow night I'm going to feel like having a duck." And if you want something you don't see on the menu, just ask. Phil and Sonja (Carlson, who has been cooking up homemade soups and dressings for 32 years) will make it for you. Think gin joint turned supper club, but Charcoal Oven is 100 percent authentic.

Today the Charcoal Oven enjoys a resurgence under the direction of Phill’s daughter Maria and her husband Rich.

1950 — The Bagel

In 1950 (or 5710 on the Hebrew calendar), two Holocaust survivors opened a 34-seat delicatessen at the corner of Lawrence and Kedzie Avenues in a space formerly known as "the Bagel Bakery." Too thinly capitalized to afford a new sign, they altered the existing one and named their new business "The Bagel Restaurant." From its inception, they served "shtetl" food, including kreplach, potato pancakes, beef brisket, and a highly popular matzo ball soup. The restaurant ultimately moved into bigger quarters on Devon Avenue and then, in 1992 (or 5772), to its present location at 3107 North Broadway. In 1987 (or 5767), a second location opened at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. The Bagel is operated today by two original owners' descendants, Danny Wolf and his uncle Michael Golenzer. The Bagel resembles something you might find tucked into a sidestreet near Times Square in Manhattan and has served meals to many celebrities over the years, including former President Bill Clinton, former Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, and comedian Jackie Mason.

1950 — Podhalanka Polska
Noble Square

The nondescript, two-story brown brick house at the six-corner intersection of Division, Milwaukee, and Ashland (1549 West Division) is marked by a sign resembling a cheap do-it-yourself business card. The restaurant inside is so inconspicuous that you could walk by it every day for years and never notice it. Since sometime around 1950, it's been serving authentic Polish home-style cooking. Sit at the countertop or one of the tables and fill up on borscht, potato pancakes, blintzes, pierogi, sauerkraut, and other delicious ethnic specialties. There's absolutely no decor, but that's what makes it great. The owners are known for being extremely hospitable to their guests.

1950 — Candlelite Chicago
Rogers Park

Nestled in Rogers Park, Candlelite is here to light up the pizza scene.

1950 — Pat's Pizza
South Loop

Welcome to Pat's Pizza, your go-to spot for authentic Italian thin-crust pies right in the heart of Chicago! Nestled in the vibrant culinary scene of the Windy City, Pat's Pizza is dedicated to bringing you the true flavors of Italy with our expertly crafted pizzas.

1952 — Club Lago
River North

Gus and Ida Lazzerini opened this northern Italian restaurant in 1952 in a heavily industrial neighborhood rich with printing companies and paper salespeople at 331 West Superior in Chicago's River North neighborhood. They passed control to their son-in-law Francesco Nardini in 1980 when the locals were primarily photographers and art dealers. The restaurant is now in its third generation. It is operated by Francesco's sons GianCarlo and Guido, who serve the same family-style Italian fare in a neighborhood flooded with condominiums and warehouse lofts. With its nautical-themed interior, the restaurant still looks much the same as in the 1950s, and its tin ceiling dates back to 1893.

1954 — Jimmy's Red Hots
Humboldt Park

Jimmy's Red Hots has been at the corner of Grand and Pulaski Streets, 4000 West Grand Avenue, since 1954. The hot dogs are renowned. The decor is not. But we're not talking haute cuisine here, so the only thing that matters is a clean kitchen and a friendly staff. There's no seating -- just a narrow passage allowing a few customers to stand and gaze out the window while they eat. The menu can aptly be described as minimalist:  A Polish sausage, a hot dog, a tamale, and twice-sizzled french fries. Unlike most Chicago-style rivals, Jimmy's red hots can be seen and tasted. They are not so overly smothered with toppings that you need to turn a bounty hunter loose to find the beef. But take note: Jimmy's does not tolerate ketchup. Not on the side, not in a bottle, not in a packet, not in a house, not with a mouse. Ketchup is sacrilege. As they say at Jimmy's Red Hots: Don't even think about it.

Frank Farrguia, the patriarch of this Chicago institution, says, "If you're not going to eat it yourself, then don't dare serve it." Frank is understandably proud of his red hots but prefers to boast of his obstetric accomplishments:  He has twice delivered babies at the restaurant. On one occasion, the customers came and went by, stepping over a woman lying in the doorway, suffering through painful contractions.

1954 — Mario's Italian Lemonade
University Village

Mario's Italian Lemonade has been serving a unique form of drinkable Italian Ice from its Italian tricolor shack since 1954, when Mario and Dorothy DiPaolo opened it at 1068 West Taylor Street in the University Village neighborhood of Chicago. It lights up the entire street on warm summer nights and draws heavy crowds. It remains unchanged in the same location today, still owned by the DiPaolo family.

1955 — Pizzeria Due
River North

Ike Sewell and his business partner Richard Novaretti (better known as Ric Riccardo) opened a pizzeria at 29 East Ohio Street in 1943 and began serving the world's first deep-dish pizza. Their new twist on a millennium-old dish was such an immense hit that they could not accommodate the demand, so in 1955 they opened a second restaurant at 619 North Wabash Avenue in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, about a block away. They named the second restaurant "Pizzeria Due" and promptly changed the name of the first restaurant (then known as "Pizzeria Riccardo") to "Pizzeria Uno."

1955 — Pete's Pizza
Roscoe Village

From Altavilla MIlicia, Italy to Chicago, Illinois. Hours by plane, a century away in tradition, and what seems to be a lifetime ago. Pete's Pizza story began back in the 1950s located right behind the old Riverview amusement park on Belmont and Western Ave. 

Petes became an instant hit with locals, serving our famous thin crust pizza and homemade Italian dishes. Each pizza is hand made with love using fresh ingredients that give you an endless choice of combinations. Our legendary pizza is created with our fresh tomato sauce and baked to perfection. 

Today the Cirrincione family, Biagio and Guiseppina Cirrincione carry on the tradition. They started with a single restaurant featuring tastes from the old country and continue to share their love and passion for food. Sixty (60) years later Petes is now located at 3737 N Western Ave serving thousands of loyal customers. Choose delivery, dine-in, carry-out or catering, we hope Pete's Pizza becomes a part of your family tradition.

1959 — Moody's Pub

Moody's Pub originally opened in Old Town in 1959 but moved to Larrabee Street when the rents started escalating. A fire destroyed its next incarnation, so in 1969, owner John Kahoun moved the operation to its current location in Edgewater at 5910 North Broadway. By all accounts, it has changed very little since it first opened. It's a bit dark and dank and looks like a dive bar, but the locals don't seem to mind. Food-wise, they flock for hamburgers, sloppy joes, french fries, and onion rings. And, of course, pitchers of beer and sangria are essential. (Common warning: Sodas are served in ten-ounce glasses stuffed with ice, and free refills are not offered.) in the winter, the scattered fireplaces keep the patrons nice and toasty. In the summer, the customers prefer to sit outside in the expansive beer garden, where speckles of afternoon sunlight pass through the tangled branches of the maple trees scattered about the patio.

1959 — Mickey's Drive-In

In 1959, Mickey Sangiacomo was running a car lot called "Patriot Autos" when his close friend Jimmy Faruggia (owner of Jimmy's Red Hots) expressed an intention to open a new hot dog stand next door. Though Mickey suspected that Jimmy had lost his marbles, he soon found himself eyeing the shell of a defunct A&W restaurant sitting on a used car lot in Bellwood. Jimmy suggested he buy it and convert it into a hot dog stand, an idea that appealed strongly to Mickey's wife, Ann. Jimmy and Ann (who instantly become the moving force behind the concept) convinced Mickey to realize the vision. Ann named the joint "Mickey's Drive-In" and recruited her teenage kids to help run the show. Naturally, she benefited under the tutelage of Jimmy Faruggia, whose legendary red hots are still the talk of Humboldt Park.

In the beginning, a metal can served as the cash register, and a hot dog, fries, and drink would set you back just 37 cents. The Sangiacomo family still runs the business today at 635 Mannheim Road, and Mickey's Drive-In, like Jimmy's Red Hots, is one of just 22 restaurants inducted into the Vienna Beef hall-of-fame. Strangely, they've also had success as matchmakers: They know of 21 married couples who met at Mickey's Drive-In. On their 30th anniversary, they sold hot dogs at their original price and moved 14,000 franks in a single day, during which they had a line that stretched a block-and-a-half long for eleven straight hours.

Mickey and Ann's daughter, Annette, persuaded her husband to open a "Mickey's" in Villa Park in 1979, but they sold out to their longtime business manager, Dave Bruder, in 2011.

1959 — Aurelio's Pizza Of Homewood

In 1959, Joe Aurelio, Jr. opened his pizza joint, a small, four-table restaurant on Ridge Road in Homewood at 18162 Harwood Avenue. His thin-crust, square-cut pizza was such a hit that he was continually forced to expand his storefront to keep pace with the demand. Ultimately he acquired a 12,000-square-foot warehouse, and in January 1977, he tripled the size of the restaurant, held his breath, and hoped for the best. The customers continued to flock to Aurelio's Pizza, and soon he began franchising. At last count, there were 43 Aurelio's Pizza locations in six states, but their matriarch remains on Harwood Avenue.

1960 — Morry's Deli
Hyde Park

In 1950, Morry Orman opened a delicatessen at the southwest corner of 55th Street and Cornell Avenue in the heart of Hyde Park. Chicagoans are still enjoying his legendary sandwiches at 5500 South Cornell Avenue today. The atmosphere is authentic, and the clientele is deeply devoted. After school, Morry's children all helped out at the restaurant, including his daughter Suzy, who became a nationally renowned financial advisor, television host, and author.

1961 — Palermo's
West Lawn

Antonino and Carmela (Tirrito) Caldarone and their four children opened Palermo's at 63rd Street and Maplewood in 1961, shortly after emigrating from Italy. Using ancient recipes passed down within the Tirrito family, they served pizza and spaghetti, primarily in take-out form, until 1975, when they achieved such notoriety that they purchased a building about a mile-and-a-half west and opened a full-scale restaurant with an extensive menu. They continue to dish out thin and thick-crust pizza at 3751 West 63rd Street today, and they have an undeniably loyal base of fans all over the city.

1961 — Butch McGuire's
Gold Coast

In 1961, Butch McGuire borrowed money from his mother, purchased an old strip club at 20 West Division Street in the Gold Coast, and transformed it into a classic Irish bar. With a little coaxing, he developed a thriving neighborhood singles' bar, and today Butch McGuire takes credit for more than 5,000 marriage vows. Butch (unofficially known as the "Mayor Of Division Street") is credited with creating the modern-day Rush Street booze corridor. He was also one of the first to admit women as patrons and hire them as bartenders. He steadfastly enforced a code of chivalry in which men were required to relinquish their barstools to women at the peril of being forcibly ejected. Butch also enjoys credit for inventing the "Harvey Wallbanger" and being the first to garnish a Bloody Mary with celery (claims that are perhaps impossible to verify). He lived more than ten years with a heart transplant before passing away in 2006 at 76. His son carries on the tradition today.

1962 — Stella's Diner

Greek immigrants Jimmy and Stella Mavraganes opened the Wheel-A-Round diner at 3042 North Broadway in Lakeview in 1962. Today, their Lakeview eatery, now known as Stella's Diner, is in the capable hands of their daughter Maria and their son Gus, although Gus's son is now closely involved in the operation. Now in its third generation, Stella's Diner remains a neighborhood institution, packed on weekends. Though it may be a diner in name and gestalt and undeniably known for its breakfast food, sandwiches, milkshakes, and hot fudge sundaes, the menu features several more upscale items—Stella's more of a modern restaurant than a greasy spoon.

1962 — Medici 57
Hyde Park

"The Medici," then a coffee house and gallery, was purchased in 1962 by a recent University of Chicago business school graduate named Hans Morsbach for $1,700.00. Morsbach was born near Munich, Germany, in 1932 but emigrated to the United States with his family in 1951. Morsbach gradually transformed the coffee shop into a restaurant, serving an eclectic breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare, including cinnamon rolls, pastries, soups, sandwiches, salads, burgers, fries, pizza, and shakes. Over the ensuing decades, it became a local institution, highly popular with the students in the neighborhood and soon-to-be President Barack Obama. The many students who have dined there have left their mark on the tables (literally), covered in graffiti. The Medici moved to its current location in 1989 at 1327 East 57th Street, although the university reportedly fought hard to prevent it. Hans Morsbach passed away in 2011 at the age of 78.

1962 — Connie's Pizza
South Loop

Connie's Pizza is a well-known pizza chain primarily based in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It was established in 1963 by Jim Stolfe and his mother, Connie. The original Connie's Pizza location opened on Chicago's South Side, and over the years, it has grown into a successful business with multiple locations throughout the Chicago area.

Connie's Pizza is renowned for its deep-dish pizza, a style of pizza that is closely associated with Chicago. Their deep-dish pizzas typically feature a thick, buttery crust that lines a deep pan, with layers of cheese, toppings, and sauce piled on top. Connie's offers a variety of toppings and specialty pizzas to suit different tastes.

1965 — Geja's Cafe
Old Town

Geja's Café's atmosphere has come a long way from the early years of 1965-1971 in Old Town to its present look in Lincoln Park. Geja's Café has long been heralded as Chicago's Most Romantic Restaurant. In 2015, Geja's Café was named America's Most Romantic Restaurant by a USA Today's reader poll. 

1966 — Gino's East

Gino's East is another iconic pizza chain in Chicago, Illinois, USA, known for its deep-dish pizza. It was established in 1966 by two taxi drivers, Sam Levine and Fred Bartoli, along with their friend George Loverde. The original location opened in downtown Chicago's River North neighborhood.

Similar to other Chicago-style deep-dish pizza establishments, Gino's East is famous for its thick, buttery crust that lines a deep pan, with layers of cheese, toppings, and sauce piled on top. One distinctive feature of Gino's East is the graffiti-covered walls inside its restaurants. Over the years, patrons have been encouraged to leave their mark by writing on the walls, resulting in a unique and eclectic ambiance.

In addition to their classic deep-dish pizza, Gino's East offers a variety of toppings and specialty pizzas, as well as thin-crust pizza, salads, sandwiches, and appetizers. They also serve a selection of craft beers, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists looking to experience authentic Chicago-style pizza.

1967 — JB Alberto’s Pizza
Rogers Park

JB Alberto's is a renowned pizzeria located in Chicago, Illinois. It's celebrated for its delicious thin-crust pizza, among other Italian-American specialties. The restaurant has been serving customers since 1965, and it's known for its commitment to quality ingredients and traditional recipes.

JB Alberto's offers a variety of pizza options, including classic combinations like pepperoni and sausage, as well as specialty pizzas with unique toppings. In addition to pizza, the menu features pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers, providing a wide range of options for diners.

The restaurant's atmosphere is typically casual and inviting, making it a popular spot for both locals and visitors looking to enjoy a satisfying meal in a relaxed setting. Over the years, JB Alberto's has built a loyal following, with many patrons returning regularly for their delicious pizza and friendly service.