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Gioacchino’s celebrates 40th anniversary

GioacchinoJack and Nella Curatolo, owners of Gioacchino’s Ristorante in Bellwood, have been welcoming residents from across Chicagoland — and around the world — into their humble Italian “cucina” for decades.

This year marks the 40th year of an American success story — perfecting family recipes and making stuffed, pan and thick pizzas; pasta entrees; panzarotti and other Calabrese-inspired dishes the choice of distinguished food critics such as the late Pat Bruno as well as countless customers.

Despite the long hours of tremendously difficult restaurant work, Nella and Jack forged on, adding to their menu, never cutting corners or compromising quality to make a profit. Still today, herbs and vegetables from their own garden enhance their mouth-watering meals. Jack remains hands-on when it comes to baking bread and making his own sausage, beef, giardiniera and pizza dough.

Even in today’s “fast food” world, Nella and Jack make fresh, hot, healthy Italian comfort food “on the go” easy and affordable. Nella’s experience and continued passion for her work combine to offer customers an abundance of the most delicious catering options.

Together, the couple has transformed meals into memories and have been an asset to the community, lifelong friends to their patrons and a true example of perseverance.

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(Written by Tina Valentino and reprinted with permission from Neighbors magazine. neighborsmagazine.com)

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