Santo and Josephine Paterno came tothis country in 1938 from Sicily with their two sons, Paul and John.They came to the United States in search of a better life. Santo workedwith his brother and built a large business of a pizzeria and liquorstore. Josephine worked as a seamstress.
Santo and Josephine realized theywanted to have their own business. So in 1954 they went off on their ownand opened a small liquor store on Central Avenue in Chicago. Over theyears their business grew. They moved across the street to a largerstore and in 1972 they built a liquor store at the corners of Centraland Milwaukee Avenues. At the time Paterno Liquors was considered thelargest liquor store in Chicago. For almost 20 years all the Paternograndchildren worked with their fathers and grandparents from time totime.
The dream of owning his own pizzaplace still lingered in Santo. In 1983, he took a portion of the liquorstore and made a small carry out counter for pizza and sandwiches.Paterno Pizza was born. Every few years they expanded the pizzarestaurant. By 1991 they had a full kitchen serving Santo andJosephine’s homemade recipes consisting of pizza, pasta, beef, sausage,meatball, soups and much more. They also have a full service bar. Atthat time they decided to sell the liquor store and concentrate solelyon the pizza restaurant.
Since then the menu has grownextensively and made Paterno Pizza the home of the Incredible Beef,their signature sandwich, a juicy beef sandwich on garlic bread withmelted mozzarella cheese. They also do catering on and off premise. Alot of things have changed since 1983. Paul and John are still thererunning the business with their daughters Rachale and JoJo. Josephinestill has her hands in the business, literally making her sauces andsoups. Still Santo and Josephine’s dreams live on. Even with the passingof Santo in 2000, Paterno Pizza still and always has stood for goodquality, fresh homemade Italian food. The Paterno Family is proud to beserving customers, at Central and Milwaukee Avenues, for over 50 years.