WHEATON – Terrano's Pizza and Pasta is bringing a fresh new flavor to Wheaton.
The restaurant opened in January at 303 S. Main St. in the space that formerly housed Nancy's Pizza. Owner Darlene Terrano of Bloomingdale grew up in Addison.
While this is her first restaurant, her husband's family previously had owned a grocery store and delicatessen in Melrose Park. Before opening, the couple did extensive remodeling of the building, including adding indoor seating.
"What was their office, we made it our pickup and order area," Terrano said. "We put a whole new floor in, painted the walls, put up a TV and put in new light fixtures. There were also some areas we had to fix up in the kitchen."
The restaurant prides itself on its fresh ingredients.
"Everything is homemade," Terrano said. "Our dough doesn't come in frozen. We make it. We make our pizza sauce from scratch. It doesn't come out of a can. All our pasta sauces are homemade, and we have homemade croutons on our Caesar salad. Our meatballs are also homemade."
Terrano's Caesar salad and pepperoni pizza have been big sellers. The restaurant's gluten-free pizza – which is not made in house – also has been selling well, she said.
"Sometimes when you cook pepperoni, it kind of puts a film on your pizza," Terrano said. "Ours doesn't do that. Also, our white pizza is phenomenal. We cover the crust with garlic olive oil."
The restaurant's executive chef, Alex Gruman, has a wealth of experience under his belt, including working at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago.
"He's a hard worker and very dedicated to what he does," Terrano said.
Living up to its name, Terrano's sells several varieties of pizza, including a meat lovers pizza, barbecue chicken pizza, roasted chili pizza, white pizza, veggie pizza, and spinach and ricotta pizza.
Several types of pastas and sandwiches also are on the menu, along with salads and sides like wings, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks and french fries.
"We wanted it simple, so it's not a big menu," Terrano said. "We don't plan on expanding it much."
In planning the menu, items were first taste-tested.
"We had taste testing after taste testing," Terrano said. "Family members and friends came in and told us which cheeses they liked and which sausage and pepperoni they liked."
The restaurant believes in giving back to the community. For example, Terrano's is sponsoring the Lowell Elementary School 5K Dash for Dr. Murphy on April 28 to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event is in honor of Rosemary Murphy, a past Lowell principal.
Although Terrano's Pizza and Pasta is currently only open for dinner, there are plans to eventually serve lunch as well. The restaurant is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 3 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Mondays.
Terrano's also does catering, and residents living in Wheaton and other area communities can get their food delivered. Terrano relies on local drivers rather than a delivery service.
"It shows you care," she said. "We want to keep it in house. And I've got a great bunch of kids. They're reliable, and they're just really great kids. I can't say enough about them. They care about what they do."
If you go
WHAT: Terrano's Pizza and Pasta
WHERE: 303 S. Main St., Wheaton
HOURS: 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 3 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays (closed Mondays)
INFO: terranospizza.com, 630-681-0777