The Lombardo’s Family Story
In 1946, Lombardo brothers Joe and Dave bought a little café in their home city of Lancaster, PA. Children of Italian immigrants, they grew up learning how to create authentic Italian feasts made by hand in the family kitchen using fresh, simple ingredients. They set out to share the feast with the city in their new café, introducing exotic dishes like spaghetti, calamari, arancini, and cannoli to Lancaster’s culinary language.
It was a labor of love. The whole family pitched in, especially Toddy and Mary, the brothers’ wives. Aunts, uncles, cousins and kids came to help out by bussing tables, serving, cooking, greeting. Even Papa Savario and Mama Elisabetta came to lend a hand. All the while folks were eating the most delicious Italian food this side of Napoli and warming up to the close-knit Lombardo family’s welcoming hospitality.
Nothing brings family together like Zia Toddy’s classic recipes.
a long way.
For a place like Lancaster that has long since prided itself in the industriousness and community support of its citizens, this unshakably robust family didn’t go unnoticed. The Lombardo’s managed to build a successful reputation with delicious homemade recipes and fantastic service, but neighbors and guests also understood that this family took the time to help each other, and genuinely poured their hearts and souls into their vocation.
In 1966, brother Jim joined the management. In 1969 the family moved to a larger space on the Harrisburg Pike, which remains the home of Lombardo’s Restaurant today. Years of feasts, libations, and cheerful gatherings came and went until it was time for the second generation of Lombardo’s to take over. Dave Jr, later joined by his brother Mike and cousin Paul, ran the restaurant with the same integrity, dedication, and pride of the founding brothers for decades more.
A third generation of love and dedication.
In 2018, Dave Jr. passed the torch to his cousin Sam, an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose affection and regard for his family history inspired him to continue the Lombardo’s story. Sam and his wife Dena have infused Lombardo’s with new life, renovating the restaurant to elevate the ambience in which to savor time with family, friends, and exquisite, authentic Italian cuisine.
Welcome to the new Lombardos. Pull up a chair, mangia, and share a bottle of vino with someone special.