Not just another day
Cicero's Albano's Restaurant re-opens after tragedy
CICERO – Albano's Restaurant was gearing up for the evening rush at about 4 p.m. July 1. The phone was ringing with orders for pickup and for delivery. An occasional customer would come in off the street for a slice of pizza, or a beef sandwich. At one table, a loving couple was finishing off a late lunch in one of the restaurant's eight booths. It's a modest little place, with posters of "Rocky" and Frank Sinatra and his "Rat Pack" on the walls.
But this Monday was different from others in the past. The business at 5913 W. Roosevelt Road, had been closed for eight days, reopening the previous Friday.
During that time off, the family of Giovanni "John" Donancricchia – the man who built the business – had suffered the shock of his senseless murder on June 20, grieved for the husband, father and grandfather, and buried the man who was known as a real nice guy in neighborhood.
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