Illiano’s brings back free tomato pie
Illiano’s Ristorante in Hammonton features a new ownership team. Hammonton residents Christa Galeota (nee Rodio), Steven Rodio and Long Island, N.Y. native Adam Subbiondo are the new faces of Illiano’s after Alfonso and Pasquale Illiano ran the restaurant for over 25 years.
Galeota, Rodio and Subbiondo all have restaurant and ownership experience. Rodio grew up eating at Illiano’s and has opened and currently operates multiple successful eateries at Ocean Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
Subbiondo, who was born and raised in Long Island, opened and operated many successful restaurants, with the most recent also being in Ocean Resorts Casino.
Galeota was one of the original owners and partners in Annata Wine Bar. Galeota was involved for the launch and opening of that restaurant as well as assisting with the day to day operations.
Illiano’s has been a part of Hammonton for over 25 years through the Illiano family’s love and knowledge of food and family, which was the element that caught the attention and excitement of Galeota, Rodio and Subbiondo.
“Illiano’s allows us to be a part of something bigger than just us. We want to continue to build the community within this town and be the place people come to laugh, savor and enjoy each other and delicious food,” Galeota said.
Despite the change in ownership, Galeota said that they plan on keeping the traditions that the town has known and loved about Illiano’s while bringing some fresh new ideas as well.
“We want to retain the customers’ favorite menu items while offering new options as well. The Rodio and Subbiondo families are excited to introduce some their family traditions that we know you will love,” Galeota said.
In terms of what customers should expect under new ownership is top notch service paired with a very warm and welcoming vibe.
Customers should expect great new food and drink specials, live music and entertainment and an environment that everyone will look forward to and hang out.
Galeota, Rodio and Subbiondo are also offering Illiano’s famous tomato pie free of charge to all patrons dining in. The tomato pie was always provided with your meal free of charge before guests were charged for the pie a few years ago, which was something that the current owners wanted to bring back.
While Illiano’s turns to the next chapter of their long history, Galeota, Rodio and Subbiondo praised both Alfonso and Pasquale for creating a legacy for the restaurant and helping them transition to the day-to-day operations.
“The process has been amazing. Pasquale and Alfonso have created something great and have gratuitously stayed on board to walk us through the day to day. We are honored to carry on their mission of delivering great food and service to this town we have called home our entire lives,” Galeota said.
Illiano’s Ristorante is located on 705 12th Street. It is open for lunch from Tuesday to Saturday at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Dinner hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday to Thursday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.