ANGELO'S ITALIAN FOODS was founded by Ann and Angelo Fasciano. The couple, who moved to Derby, Kansas from Derby, Connecticut in 1952 began cooking and delivering Pizza's out of their home in 1958. A year later they opened their first location at Pawnee and Laura then moving to their longest standing location at the intersection of Harry and Hillside.
In 2001, the Harry location was forced to move due to the sale of the land underneath it and the final location was on South Oliver. Throughout the years there were other Angelo's locations serving Wichita including East Kellogg, Amidon, West Street and West Central.
The Early Years
Customers may fondly remember throughout the 60's and 70's the Harry street location when it was on the North side of the street. The basement dining room, the dumb-waiter transporting the food downstairs and the hectic, always bustling, atmosphere with lines out the door and closing time of 1:00am on Fri and Sat. Others may recall always being met by their favorite waitress and if it was at lunchtime her name was most likely Tiny.
Angelo's long standing reputation was built on signature dishes made from fresh ingredients and made from scratch. The Deluxe Pizza what would be Pizza Huts Supreme-- but don't dare call it that, please! - Ours is the Deluxe. Pasta dishes including lasagna, manicotti, spaghetti and meatballs, submarine sandwiches, made with our fresh baked bread, home made Italian sausage, signature salad with pickled eggplant and many more house favorites.
Angelo's had the pleasure of serving loyal Wichitans for over 46 years closing it's doors in 2006 leaving locals longing for the dishes they had grown to love.
In July, 2014, Denise Neil, food editor for the Wichita Eagle, conducted a survey of the 10 Favorite Wichita Restaurants That Have Closed. Wichitans named nearly 200 local restaurants that were no more. By far the most mentioned restaurant was Angelo's !
As a result of the heightened awareness the Facebook page Bring Back Angelo's to Wichita was formed by a long standing customer. The page, with over 3700 followers, prompted a Kickstarter program to raise money for the founders son, Jack Fasciano, to help fund him back in business.
The fundraiser was a success we have reopened!