Sicilian Matriarch Anita Bonafede was the Madonna of Quality at her family-owned restaurants with the finest and freshest ingredients. When Anita Bonafede and her husband, Joe, opened their first Italian restaurant in Torrance in 1968, she would put their youngest child, Joe Jr., down to nap on flour sacks piled in the back storeroom. From day one, the restaurant was a family affair. Over 45 years later, JoJo’s is a thriving Italian experience where old classics are constantly being reinvented in ways that are refreshingly new without being nouvelle trendy.
Anita was always known for using only the finest and freshest ingredients, from juicy red Stanislaus County plum tomatoes harvested at their prime to the flavorful Italian “Basilico”(Basil) picked fresh daily. She required quality bricks of cheese to be grated beneath her own watchful eye and was known to say on occasion “I wouldn’t touch the pre-grated stuff! You never know what’s in it”. This was the secret of her success and continues to be the secret of JoJo’s success. Classic comfort food, Italian style, prepared fresh daily of the finest ingredients, and presented all at a reasonable price. In fact, Anita made her sauce just as her mother Guiseppina did 80 years ago in her native Camporeale, Sicily.
Today, the quality that Anita stood for is carried on in the same traditions and values that make JoJo’s the best homemade Italian around. We hope your family joins our family for a great dining experience.