Joe's Pizza and Pasta in Effingham has a new look!
In 2009, Joe's expanded their restaurant with the acquisition of the space formerly occupied by Ivan's Shoes. Along with their expansion came a beautiful new storefront, exquisitely remodeled interior, and a flashing retro exterior sign which sets the tone for the Effingham downtown area.
Joe's may have changed its look, but the Trupiano family has retained their commitment to providing great-tasting, quality food at a reasonable price, impeccable guest service, and a fun, family friendly atmosphere.
Owners Manny and Joey Trupiano knew early on that pizza was in their blood. From a very young age, they were inspired by their businessman father, Joe, and give him credit for teaching them everything they know. Dad Joe followed in his own father's footsteps when he opened his own Joe's Pizza restaurant in Olney, Illinois.
In 1999, Manny and his dad noticed the former IMO's pizza location was available. Joe and his father had talked about opening a pizza place in Effingham, and to the Trupiano brothers, this seemed like the perfect opportunity. And so on December 7, 1999, Manny and Joey opened Joe's Pizza and Pasta at 115 East Jefferson Avenue, with proud dad Joe at their side.
Sadly, Joe passed away in 2006. Manny and Joey take consolation in knowing that their dad was able to see the brothers realize their dream. Trupiano family matriarch Susie recalls the many compliments Joe received about his sons and the way they ran their business. Joe's comment was that "That means more to me than a million dollars!"
It is that kind of family pride that greets you upon entering Joe's Pizza. Manny and Joey love what they do and strive to surround themselves with employees who feel the same way. They treat their customers like guests in their home and want them to wholeheartedly enjoy their dining experience. As a result, the brothers are blessed with loyal customers who have become their friends.
The story of Joe's Pizza continues to grow as the families of Manny and Joey continue to expand, with three young children apiece. Not surprisingly, both families sport a son by the name of Joey, almost guaranteeing the Joe's legacy in the Effingham area for years to come.