February 27th, 2015 | Filed under .
“We hear people saying ‘It’s the place to go…it feels like home.’”
Antonia and John Sgro, owners of Antonella’s Pizzeria, have a habit of feeling more like welcoming parents while working than business owners. From creamy garlic sauce to handmade pizzas, the delectable food at Antonella’s Pizzeria is always made with love. After settling in downtown Davenport in 2006, Antonella’s just kept growing, and the pizzeria even had the honor of hosting the sitting President of the United States, Barack Obama, in 2012.
With a dash of delicious food, a pinch of positive attitude, and a sprinkle of traditional family love, it’s easy for the restaurant to leave its mark on each and every customer. “When a customer comes in and he or she is upset, my goal is to make it better and get a smile out of him or her,” Antonia, noted.
How do they provide that atmosphere, one might wonder? By delving back to the roots. Antonella’s Pizzeria stemmed from the idea of old-fashioned family meals where everyone enjoys both the feast and the company. An open kitchen allows for communication between guests and servers, along with a chance for those to see their foods prepared fresh. With an option to sit snug in a booth for a date or spread out at a table or two for a family reunion, Antonella’s is ready for any occasion.
Not only do Antonia and John pride themselves on the family-based atmosphere, they pride themselves on the homemade food and quality of it.
“When people think Antonella’s, they think comfort food. They think good, hearty sauce, and they know it’s not from a can,” Antonia noted. With fresh tomatoes straight from California, blocks of fresh mozzarella (which they grind themselves), and a secret, homemade creamy garlic sauce, Antonella’s provides a worthy dining experience for any occasion.
The family-based atmosphere spreads throughout the downtown, too. Since the beginning, Antonella’s has supported other downtown businesses and encouraged growth.
“We’ve bloomed with other downtown businesses, especially Hotel Blackhawk. They love sending guests our way and we love recommending their place to our out-of-towners,” Antonia explained. The restaurant is also quick to support others in the community including Churches United, the Quad City Mallards, and various schools by helping with benefits and fundraisers.
What’s to come for Antonella’s Pizzeria? Continued support in the community, a focus on food, and an open heart for the customers. So whenever you’re craving that homemade meal outside of the home, Antonella’s will be there with open arms…and LOTS of delicious pizza.
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