Family Owned For 3 Generations!
Since 1939

Santo and Josephine Paterno came to  this 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 worked  with his brother and built a large business of a pizzeria and liquor  store. Josephine worked as a seamstress.

Santo and Josephine realized they  wanted to have their own business. So in 1954 they went off on their own  and opened a small liquor store on Central Avenue in Chicago. Over the  years their business grew. They moved across the street to a larger  store and in 1972 they built a liquor store at the corners of Central  and Milwaukee Avenues. At the time Paterno Liquors was considered the  largest liquor store in Chicago. For almost 20 years all the Paterno  grandchildren worked with their fathers and grandparents from time to  time.

The dream of owning his own pizza  place still lingered in Santo. In 1983, he took a portion of the liquor  store and made a small carry out counter for pizza and sandwiches.  Paterno Pizza was born. Every few years they expanded the pizza  restaurant. By 1991 they had a full kitchen serving Santo and  Josephine’s homemade recipes consisting of pizza, pasta, beef, sausage,  meatball, soups and much more. They also have a full service bar. At  that time they decided to sell the liquor store and concentrate solely  on the pizza restaurant.

Since then the menu has grown  extensively and made Paterno Pizza the home of the Incredible Beef,  their signature sandwich, a juicy beef sandwich on garlic bread with  melted mozzarella cheese. They also do catering on and off premise. A  lot of things have changed since 1983. Paul and John are still there  running the business with their daughters Rachale and JoJo. Josephine  still has her hands in the business, literally making her sauces and  soups. Still Santo and Josephine’s dreams live on. Even with the passing  of Santo in 2000, Paterno Pizza still and always has stood for good  quality, fresh homemade Italian food. The Paterno Family is proud to be  serving customers, at Central and Milwaukee Avenues, for over 50 years.

Catering for home, office & private parties!

(Bar Service Packages Available)

  • Appetizers, Soup, Pizza, Pastas & Sandwiches
  • Beverages (Beer, Wine, Cocktails)
  • All Dishes Made With Homemade Products

Dining Room & Carry Out:

Monday - Saturday: 11:00a.m. - 10:00p.m.
Sunday: 11:00a.m. - 10:00p.m.

Monday - Thursday: 11:00a.m. - 12:00a.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11:00a.m. - 2:00a.m.
Sunday: 11:00a.m. - 10:00p.m.
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5303 N Milwaukee Avenue (At Central Avenue), Chicago | (773) 631-5522