Fontanini Italian Meats is a family owned and operated meat manufacturing company located in the Chicagoland area. They specialize in Italian Meats and Sausages, as well as a variety of other specialty meat products, including Meatballs, Italian Beef, Chicken Sausages, and Breakfast Sausages.
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Fontanini Company was originally known as Capitol Wholesale Meats and was founded at 1960 by Oriano Fontanini and his wife Jennie. Originally, it was a meat company selling primal meat cuts of beef, pork, veal, fresh cut chickens, and making fresh ground hamburger. Their children, Gene and Joanne Fontanini, worked in the family business at a young age. Gene learned the art of boning meat, and drove the original family truck making deliveries to our customers. Jennie from the start handled the financial demands of the business, mostly from her home office, and JoAnne quickly started to learn the basics of running a business. In the 1970’s, the company occupied a 21,000 square foot building on Randolph Street in the “Old Italian Neighborhood.” At that time, Gene explored the pizza business and eventually brought the knowledge of making bulk and rope Italian Sausage as well as selling pizza supplies to pizzerias and restaurants back to the family. Capitol Wholesale Meats, became a major pizzeria supply company in the Chicagoland area with more than 10 trucks delivering daily to pizzerias, Italian restaurants, and grocery stores in Illinois and Wisconsin. The Company name then evolved to Fontanini Italian Meats and Sausages. The company still remains family owned and managed by Gene and JoAnne while grooming the 3rd generation.