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.
Italian Fiesta Pizzeria offers pizza with a traditional thin crust and has a huge array of ingredients that can be added to customize each pizza. The menu highlights their motto, “the best in pizza pie,” and also states, “We use only the finest ingredients available, from the creamy butter in the dough to the spicy oregano garnish.”
Along with pizza, Italian Fiesta Pizzeria offers hot sandwiches, including Italian beef and sausage; pasta, including homemade baked lasagna, spaghetti, and mostaccioli; chicken and shrimp dinners; and an assortment of side orders, including pizza bread, mozzarella sticks, breaded mushrooms, salads, fries, and spicy chicken wings.