Thirty eight years ago Zio Johno, which means “Uncle” in Italian, came to the United States with an idea in his mind: a zio style restaurant. He started working non-stop 12 to 14 hours a day, six days a week, and he saved every penny he could.In 1984, Johno arrived in Cedar Rapids with his savings and invested it in a restaurant!
At Zio Johno’s, the shelves are lined with containers filled with spices without labels. The secret to his success is downstairs, where he mixes the spices and makes the dough for his bread. The bread, sauce, and pasta are made fresh daily.
The secret to success is “The Hometown Taste of Italy”: Providing quality food at low prices, fresh bread, sauce and pasta, everyday.
Johno uses 100 percent real meats, cheeses, and vegetables.