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JOE
AURELIO
AURELIO'S PIZZA
H O M E WO O D, I L L I N O I S

Aurelio's Pizza celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Founder Joe Aurelio, Jr., passed in 2001, as Joe Aurelio, III, continues the family business.
CONCEPT & GROWTH - The first Aurelio's
Pizza opened in 1959 by my father, Joe Aurelio
on Ridge Road in Homewood, Illinois, a South
Suburb of Chicago. He wanted to share his
passion for pizza and love for customers. He
created a family pizzeria where family and
friends could dine. He wanted to serve the
highest quality food at a fair price and give
back to the community. This proved to be the
recipe for success. My father was a pioneer
in the pizza industry. In 1974, Aurelio's Pizza
franchised its first location in Joliet, Illinois,
and several other locations followed shortly
afterward. Aurelio's Pizza is the fifth oldest
major franchised pizza chain in America
(Thrilllist - History of Major Pizza Chains), and
Chicago's first brand to franchise. Today, there
are 41 locations in 6 states.

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KEY MILESTONES AND KEYS FOR
LONGEVITY - Looking back over the past
60 years, I believe that my father's hard work
ethic and kindness was pivotal to his success.
My father passed away in 2001 and I have
continued to run and grow the business with
the same values. My father helped design pizza
equipment and better ways to serve pizza, for
example the pizza racks we serve our pizza on
and a fresh sausage dispenser. Franchising
in 1974 led to greater brand recognition and
demand for Aurelio's Pizza across the country.
Aurelio's Pizza has stayed true to its recipe since
1959, always putting quality and consistency
first. Aurelio's Pizza is also known for its
generosity and giving back to the communities
we serve.

In celebration of our 60th Anniversary this
year, we are giving away 60 months of free
pizza to one lucky winner along with tickets to
Chicago sporting events and concert tickets. We
also have supported a number of fundraisers in
the communities we serve. Advocate Children's
Hospital is our charity of focus this year. We
have held several events and fundraisers in
bringing awareness and financial support for
this great hospital.
ADVICE FOR SUCCESS - The pizza industry is
as competitive as ever. Trying to compete with
the large competitors is extremely difficult. You
need to find your niche in the market and run
your business with honesty, integrity, quality,
consistency and don't forget to give back to your
community.


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Pizza Today - October 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pizza Today - October 2019

Pizza Today - October 2019
Commentary
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Meet The Makers
Conversation
Man On The Street
Tony’s Trending Recipe
Knead To Know
Destinations
Background Music
Topping Trends
Dollops
Waste Management
Promoting Gift Cards
Holding Events
Independent Pizzeria Of The Year: Dante, Omaha, Ne
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Mike’s Monthly Tip
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Pizza Today - October 2019 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - October 2019 - Contributors
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Pizza Today - October 2019 - Expo Spotlight
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Pizza Today - October 2019 - Meet The Makers
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Pizza Today - October 2019 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - October 2019 - Man On The Street
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Pizza Today - October 2019 - Knead To Know
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