With 35 years of experience cooking in the finest Italian/Sicilian traditions, our owner is excited to present his vision to you and all our guests. Our caring and committed staff will ensure you have a fantastic experience with us.
Our restaurant is available for intimate private events: business lunches, dinners, and more. We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event.
We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. That's why we source our fresh ingredients from local markets and choose top quality brands and items
It all started in 1964 when Francis Salamone showed Antonio Cimino a photograph of a beautiful young woman, her sister, Dominica, who was living at the time in Sicily. He instantly fell in love, and even though it was a time when most marriages were still arranged, he flew to Sicily and it was then the families met for the first time. Dominica fell in love at once as well and on November 6th, 1966 they were married.
Soon after the newlyweds traveled to England, where they gave birth to four boys: Nicolo, Salvatore, Vincenzo and Peter. In 1973 they moved to America, and Rockford, IL. became their new home.
At the time, Tony worked at Rockford Factory Gunnite. The Cimino boys would frequently bring pizzas and other Italian dishes to work and it wasn't long before the other workers caught wind of how great their food was.
They asked if he could start bringing in food for them. Before long Mimi and her sister-in laws were catering lunch to the workers and word traveled fast around the city.
Vince opened the first Cimino's Pizza in 1975, the ristorante was located in Loves Park and it was the first of many to come.
Frank Cimino moved to Pecatonica and Tony to Freeport. It was in 1977 that the first Cimino's in Freeport opened. During this time there, Tony taught his boys what he believed to be the most important things about running a restaurant, perfecting the product and the service. Lessons that his sons say they will never forget to this day. In the tragic year of 1985 Tony passed away. Nick, Sam, Vince and Peter promised to keep their father's spirit alive. So to this day, every single thing brought to your table, from pizzas to beverages is of the highest quality and prepared with the unconditional care and respect of having you as our customer.