The Longo Family

Established in 1969, Joseph Longo Sr. and his wife Patricia opened the original location in Northeast Ohio on Lakeshore Blvd in Mentor.

In 1969, Joe Longo, following his dream of owning a family restaurant, Mentor Ohio best pizza and Italian foodleft his produce manager’s position at Pick-N-Pay Supermarkets. He and his wife Patricia (Tootie), living in Mentor, purchased the former Campana’s Ferris Wheel Pizza at Rt. 306 and Lakeshore Boulevard and the first Longo’s Pizza opened its doors.

Believing the keys to success are: using fresh ingredients, providing good value, offering friendly service, and supporting the community, Joe and Tootie Longo were able to grow and add a second Longo’s Pizza location six years later. Joey’s Italian Restaurant in Madison and Chardon OhioIn 1975, the Longos opened their second Longo’s Pizza in the former Madison post office building, next to the current Joey’s Italian Grille, and in 1980, Longos expanded further by adding their
Mentor Avenue location.