The History of Stancatos
Cleveland and Stancato’s go back a long time. When Grandpa Stancato was still a young, single man he started feeding the early risers in the downtown area from a pushcart selling coffee and donuts. It didn’t take long before he bought his first box truck and named his new business Pat’s Box Lunch. His main account was Republic Steel. He eventually had nineteen trucks going out bright and early each morning serving breakfast and lunch. Years later as his four sons became involved in the business, they added a few ideas of their own. Not straying too far from the food industry, they got involved in various avenues such as Stancato’s Italian Restaurant and Off Premise Catering, Vending and an Office Coffee Service. Over the years the brothers and their families focused on different areas of the business and in 1996 Perry became the sole owner of Stancato’s Restaurant.
One thing always remained the same: Stancato’s commitment to the highest quality food and service. Perry Stancato and his wife Lorraine, one of the first employees of Stancato’s Restaurant, spent their lives honoring the family tradition begun by Pasquale and Angela. Working seven days a week, they built the restaurant’s stellar reputation: for great food and the kind of hospitality that turns customers into friends. Stancato’s Restaurant is the place to be.
Meanwhile, the couple raised four children of their own: Perry Jr., Meredith, Matthew and Aaron. In May, 2000 Perry was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Sadly, Perry Sr. was called home to Jesus in February of 2001, leaving a tremendous hole in his family and at the restaurant to which he was so devoted. His legacy lives on, however, in his children, who remember that the love of food plus the love of people is the recipe for which Stancato’s is most famous.
Perry Jr., eldest son, has followed in his Father’s footsteps ever since he was old enough to peddle his way to the restaurant. He started learning the business from the ground up. Graduating from Normandy High School in Culinary Arts he then went on to the Culinary Institute of America. Perry has now taken his college background and is in charge of operations.
Frequently customers would comment, “Why don’t you think about bottling these great sauces?”. Perry Jr, who has been running the restaurant under the supervision of his Mother, was sparked by these customers and inspired by his father. In 2005 he purchased a bottling facility and called it Signature Sauces
Signature Sauces manufactures all of Stancato’s pasta sauces, pizza sauce, salad dressings and gourmet finishing Marsala and Piccata sauces, along with private labeling for other customers. In December, 2005 Stancato’s was able to introduce, after years of customers requests, their gourmet pasta sauces to the public with many great reviews. Now you can find Stancato’s Retail Products in over 200 of your favorite grocer locations. We feel that whether your dining in or at home, every table deserves Stancato’s!