Freshness is at the center of everything that Raimondo’s Pizza & Pub in North Aurora does.
“My mother, Sally, still to this day – at 73 years old – comes in and makes our dough and our pizza sauce every day,” said Raimondo’s co-owner Michael Treve. “My family is so proud to be able to say that what we put on your plate when we come to our restaurant is the same food that you will find at our dinner table at home.”
The restaurant, located at 1033 Kilbery Lane in North Aurora, has been gaining fans since first opening in June 2011.
“We have a loyal customer base,” Michael Treve said. “Our customers visit us because of word-of-mouth.”
Michael Treve owns the restaurant with his father, Raimondo, a retired North Aurora police officer. Michael Treve juggles his restaurant duties with being a part-time planner for DuPage County.
His father and mother, Sally, previously ran a pizza parlor – also called Raimondo’s – in the A&W shopping center along Route 31 in North Aurora for 10 years until 2000.
“We decided to keep the name, and that was for marketing reasons,” Michael Treve said. “People were familiar with the name of the restaurant, and we knew that would be a great way to reacquaint with our customers that remembered us.”
Family recipes are also at the core of what Raimondo’s does.
“We’re a family of foodies,” Michael Treve said. “When we were kids, on a Friday or Saturday night, Mom and Dad would pack us up in the car and we would just drive until we found a local family-owned business. We were looking for local flavor. You can go to chains anywhere. But we love the fact of trying new food and new places.”
Raimondo’s sells a variety of signature pizza pies. One of the restaurant’s biggest sellers is The Godfather.
“That takes our Italiano beef – and we buy the best beef money can buy – and we will season it with our own blend of Italian herbs,” Michael Treve said. “It’s not just taking something off a truck that delivers it. We create our own recipes that suit our style and our quality. We sprinkle it with giardiniera for a spicy kick, and then mozzarella cheese on top of that.”
Raimondo Treve is the man behind the restaurant’s pizzas. He is not afraid to experiment.
“We do a lot of experimenting here,” he said. “We sample it out to people and see if they like it or not.”
Raimondo’s features a variety of pizza pies, including the Garlic Chicken Alfredo pizza and the Bacon Double Cheeseburger pizza. In addition, the restaurant features a new pizza each month.
In May, the Chicken Fajita will be featured.
“We made it last year, and it sold very well,” Raimondo Treve said. “In June, we will probably feature our Pulled Pork Barbecue pizza. It probably is one of our best sellers. It kicks off summer.”
Raimondo’s pasta sauces are also homemade. The pasta sauces are made by chef Eric Daniels.
“He is so passionate about his food,” Michael Treve said. “His marinara sauce is outstanding. He just loves cooking Italiano.”
In addition to its food, Raimondo’s has more than 80 varieties of craft brews in stock and on tap. Beer enthusiast Michael Treve hosts public and private beer tastings/workshops at the restaurant.
“We’ll explore a theme, like a country,” he said. “I put together a PowerPoint presentation, and we’ll sample out nine different beers while talking history and culture and geography. I also teach how I taste beer, and how I extract the nuances and characteristics of the beers. We try to educate our customers.”
He hopes that every customer leaves his restaurant with a smile.
“My family loves making people smile,” Michael Treve said. “When you walk through these doors, you’re not just a customer or a guest, you’re a friend.”
• Raimondo's Pizza & Pub, 1033 Kilbery Lane, North Aurora, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. More information is available at www.raimondos.com.