Local Restaurant Celebrates 25th Anniversary With a Makeover
To celebrate 25 years of serving the community delicious, authentic Italian cuisine, Fazio’s Ristorante & Pizzeria recently renovated the main dining room. The renovations began on October 20 and finished in early November. Take out services were available throughout the renovations, however the main dining room was closed.
A grand re-opening and anniversary celebration was held on November 18, 2014. Customers were invited to see the top-to- bottom renovations, including new paint, hardwood floors, a 12-foot bar, and custom-made tables and chairs.
Aldo Fazio, co-owner of the family-owned and operated restaurant, has been working at the restaurant since 1981. Fazio runs the business alongside his cousin, Pietro Mazza. “When Pietro was 17 years old he dropped everything he knew in Italy and immigrated to the United States to work at the restaurant’s original location on the corner of White and Orange Streets in Springfield.” Fazio said. “All of our success is owed to him.”
Fazio’s emphasis on family and tradition makes this restaurant much more than the ordinary community pizza shop. Several employees have been with the restaurant for more than 20 years, which has helped the restaurant’s top-notch customer service remain consistent throughout the years. In addition to family-oriented service, “Customers can also always count on delicious, quality food at reasonable price,” Fazio said.
Fazio’s customers can now enjoy a more upscale “mom and pop shop” with moderate pricing. Although the look of the restaurant has changed, the menu continues to carry traditional, authentic Italian cuisine. “You can get pizza on Tuesday night, or come here for your anniversary dinner,” Fazio said. “Staying true to family ties, family roots, is everything,” he said. “That is what customers can continue to expect when they visit Fazio’s Ristorante & Pizzeria.”