Frank Bertolli is the owner of Bertolli’s River Pizza and Frank’s Deli, located at 7973 and 7971 Lake Street respectively. All five of his children — Carlo, Tony, John, Nora and Marilda — have had a hand in Bertolli’s success.
Frank Bertolli was born in 1949 in Mola di Bari. He came to the United States in 1963 and grew up in the pizza business. He worked for his uncle’s pizza business and then his godfather’s pizza business.
In 1981. “I was living in Forest Park and found out one day River Pizza on Lake Street was for sale,” says Bertolli. “I found a way to purchase the business and get back into the pizza business. I wanted to keep the name River Pizza so I just added my last name to the business.”