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Aliano's Feels The Love, Defends Its Food After Investigation

The owners of the Italian restaurant in downtown Batavia thanked all their fans and customers over the weekend.

The family behind Aliano's Ristorante in Batavia thanked their supporters this past weekend and tried to reassure skeptics after being cleared in a Health Department investigation.

Last Thursday, Sept. 20, marked the first time the downtown Italian restaurant, 90 N. Island Ave., had been opened since Sept. 14. Co-owners Phil and Mario Aliano decided to voluntarily close so that the Kane County Health Department could determine if there was any link to six salmonella cases reported in the area.

The Health Department found no such connection to the salmonella cases. The restaurant received a clean bill of health after its employees tested negative twice and a routine health inspection of the building conducted on Sept. 20, said Tom Schlueter, county health department spokesman.

The Alianos are appreciative of the customers that have returned since they have reopened for business. Regulars and other fans came out to order their favorite dishes over the weekend.

"The Aliano Family and staff would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of our loyal patrons, friends and the City of Batavia," said a message posted Friday on the restaurant's Facebook page. "We are truly blessed. Tonight we experienced such an overwhelming show of support that deeply touched us all ... Our sincerest thanks to all, we look forward to (many) years of service and friendship."

Defending Dinner

The Alianos want to reassure people that their food is completely safe, healthy and delicious. They do not want people to think differently of the restaurant because of the investigation.

Some residents were quick to judge the restaurant on Facebook as soon as the investigation was reported. Another person, going under the login name "The Bulldog," said he or she will never patronize the restaurant again in a comment left Sunday under the Batavia Patch story announcing their reopening.

Phil Aliano's wife Sarah responded to The Bulldog, recounting the hard work and time that the family puts into the restaurant:

"My husband, Phillip Aliano, is a former educator himself and cancer survivor. When he beat cancer, I promised to support him in all his dreams—this restaurant is his dream. With the help of his brother Mario, they have made it happen. The Bulldog—I can guarantee you that my husband would never do anything to jeopardize his dream. Phil works in the kitchen daily; there are not many restaurants where you see an owner in the back doing quality control on a daily basis."

The restaurant is moving full steam ahead with business as they approach their one-year anniversary in December:

  • Aliano's continued its Bears gameday promotions on Sunday—raffle prizes included an authentic Bears jersey. 
  • Impersonator Vito Zatto will entertain guests this Saturday night, Sept. 29, at the restaurant.
  • The restaurant has hosted Vino Van Gogh events in the past.

Read other comments about Aliano's in our previous story.

Lover of Good Food September 24, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Phil Aliano is a little different. You may never see him unless you ask. He’s in the kitchen making sure things run smoothly. He is a chef in his own right but focuses on keeping the kitchen moving. Next time you visit Aliano’s, ask for Phil. If he has a moment, he will come by your table to introduce himself. You will instantly see and feel the sincerity of this man. I’m told he is an educator but his dream was to own an Italian restaurant one day. Both he and Mario can be found working in the kitchen hours after everything has closed for the evening. Phil is relentless with his high expectations for sanitation and desire to serve only the freshest food. My wife and I travel 30 miles roundtrip several times a week to enjoy the food at Aliano’s. My mother was Italian and this is the closest thing to her cooking yet. I am pleased to see Aliano’s up and running again. I, for one, have the utmost confidence in these two young men and hope that Batavia ensures a long-time relationship with the Aliano Family. Lastly, my heart goes out to Mrs. Aliano for having to endure the nasty response from the “Bulldog” to such a heart-warming story about her husband and his desire to serve others through his restaurant. To you, Mrs. Aliano: Bravo Mrs. Aliano…Bravo!!!!
Paul Adams September 24, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Never thought any differently about Aliano's since the story came out. The conspiracy theorist in me thought maybe there was some local competition stirring the pot a little, so to speak. We've been there a few times and thought the food and service were great. Best of luck to Aliano's!
Jill K. Amoni September 24, 2012 at 09:34 PM
CanNOT wait to get up there...matter of fact, was going to go there for dinner tonight when I run some other errands but my car won't start...hehe...maybe they're not open on Mondays, anyway. But I will soon make it there...sounds like a wonderful family and a wonderful restaurant. I'm getting hungry!!!!
Joey Prust September 25, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I have been to Alianos many of times, great food and great service, Phil and Mario and staff will bend over backwards for you, Their food tastes fresh, it comes out hot and tastes great everytime. Plus its nice to see Mario, going around making sure your dining experience has been met to satisfaction, and Phil is making sure everything is hot , ready and out to you in a timely fashion, its little things like that , is why myself and so many go back. I use to own two restaurants myself, so im very picky where I eat, I look alot of things, food, service, quality and overall experience. Alianos restaurant is a great restaurant, i will bring friends and family there to enjoy their family style restaurant and so should u !
Joey Prust September 25, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I have been to Alianos many of times, great food and great service, Phil and Mario and staff will bend over backwards for you, Their food tastes fresh, it comes out hot and tastes great everytime. Plus its nice to see Mario, going around making sure your dining experience has been met to satisfaction, and Phil is making sure everything is hot , ready and out to you in a timely fashion, its little things like that , is why myself and so many go back. I use to own two restaurants myself, so im very picky where I eat, I look alot of things, food, service, quality and overall experience. Alianos restaurant is a great restaurant, i will bring friends and family there to enjoy their family style restaurant and so should u !

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