Cannova's was founded in 1921 by Anthony Cannova, a native of Sicily. Originally located at 607 E. Winneshiek in Freeport, it featured a grocery store in the front and a pizzeria-tavern in the rear. After serving in the Pacific in WW II, Anthony's son Frank returned to run the business and moved it to its present location in 1964. Frank transferred primary control of the restaurant in 1983. Cannova's continues to make Frank's original recipes of pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, Italian beef, fresh bread and pizza dough. Today, Frank's daughter Linda and her husband Patrick run the operation. Pat plays the piano on selected Friday and Saturday nights. He received his B.M. and M.M. in piano from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
"Pacesetter of the Midwest"
-Pizza Today Magazine
The signature items of Cannova's are the Classic Pizza, which was featured in the December 1990 issue of Pizza Today as a "Pacesetter" of the Midwest; the Alfredo sauce which includes Asiago, Romano and Parmesan cheeses and the House Salad Dressing which was developed by Linda's brother Anthony. Cannova's also features jazz quartets, folk groups and dinner theatres at various times during the year. On behalf of Pat and Linda Beckman and the entire Cannova family we hope that you enjoy your dinner and your evening at Cannova's.
- Award Winning Pizza's
- Delicious Pastas and a variety of sauces
- Mouth-watering Steaks
- Fresh Seafood
- Chicken and Veal
- Amazing nightly specials
- Live Pianist on Friday and Saturday Evenings (6-9)
- Private room for Parties or Business Meetings