Sanfratello's pizza

Sanfratello's Thin Crust Pizza

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Pizza fans who visited Sanfratello's Pizza on Wednesday in Highland were given an extra treat.

The restaurant celebrated its grand reopening, with visitors on Wednesday the recipient of a free small thin-crust cheese pizza.

Joe Sanfratello said they've remodeled the eatery but customers can expect the same traditional menu the pizzeria is known for.

"We've actually been open the entire time throughout the renovation," owner Sanfratello said. The Highland restaurant, he explained, had previously been a franchise. The Sanfratello family owns it once again.

Sanfratello's was originally established in 1969 and was founded in a small home in Glenwood by Sanfratello's father, Joe Sr.

With the renovation, Sanfratello said they've updated the kitchen and other aspects of the eatery.

"We've brought back the stone deck ovens, which are our original ovens," he said. Those ovens, he explained, can cook at 600 degrees and offer a more consistent form of baking.

Ingredients used at Sanfratello's are fresh and of the utmost quality, he said. Nothing is frozen or processed and they don't use additives or preservatives. "It's all top of the line," he said.

In addition to thin crust and pan pizza, other items on Sanfratello's menu are Antipasto Salad, Cheese Sticks, Zucchini Sticks, various sandwiches, Ravioli, Baked Rigatoni, Homemade Lasagna, Baby Back Ribs and more. Specialty pizzas include Meat Lovers, Hawaii and Buffalo Chicken.

Sanfratello said there are five locations of the pizza restaurant, with two in Northwest Indiana, one in Naperville, one in Tinley Park and one in Gilbert, Arizona.

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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.