About Us

Panozzo’s Italian Market is a collaborative labor of love for owners Mike and Ellen Panozzo, Tony Gierczyk and John Asbaty. Operating a small, family Italian food market similar to the ones he grew up with in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood on the South Side had long been one of Mike’s dreams. Upon relocating from Oak Park to the vibrant, booming South Loop, Mike & Ellen immediately saw an opportunity to bring a classic Italian market their new neighborhood, a vision that was eagerly adopted by Tony and John.

Tony, whose E. Anthony, Inc. construction company builds top quality food establishments, car dealerships and banks throughout the south suburbs, brought a love of people and Italian food and the skills to make Panozzo’s Italian Market the sleek-yet-inviting store that it is.

In John Asbaty, Panozzo’s is blessed to have a chef whose talent and creativity produce amazing flavors from even the simplest Italian foods. A skilled chef whose training ground was in the kitchens of both Trio and Alinea, John brings unmatched passion and precision to the art of Italian cooking.

In the end, Panozzo’s Italian Market strives only to offer carefully prepared quality foods at reasonable prices, and in a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere.

Our goal is to make everyone at least a little Italian.