About Us

A Brief History of Stefano and His Restaurant

Stefano’s restaurant has been family owned and operated in Bethlehem for over 34 years. From its humble beginnings on 2nd Avenue as Stefano’s Pizzeria, to its current location on Linden Street, the goal has always been to offer the best product possible at a great price. There is a special feeling when dining in a family owned and operated restaurant … we care, and we hope it shows.


In 1973, a young man, only seventeen years old and only knowing a few words of English, landed on an airstrip at JFK International Airport. That young man was Stefano Lombardo, proud owner and operator of Stefano’s Restaurant. That day Stefano walked off the plane and onto the soil of his new home, AMERICA. As a young boy, Stefano worked every day with his father Domenico Lombardo, a lemon tree farmer in the small of city of Carini, Sicily (outside Palermo).

With big dreams in his head, wonderful excitement in his heart, and only a few dollars in his pocket, Stefano called his parents in Sicily and told them he was never coming back. A few days later, Stefano, with the help of a distant cousin in Brooklyn, found a job as a pizza man in a local New York pizzeria. There his knowledge grew along with his skill and desire to cook and share his cooking with others.


After years of working for many different bosses in many different places, Stefano had the skill of a professional and the burning desire in his heart to succeed at accomplishing every single one of his dreams. Saving every single penny he earned, after a few years he finally had enough to open his own pizza shop West Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Some of you may remember Stefano’s Pizza Shop’s humble beginnings on 2nd Avenue in West Bethlehem, with the beautiful blonde behind the counter and the baby’s playpen in the center of the pizza shop. A few years into the 2nd Avenue pizza shop. Stefano finally saved enough “dough” to open his own restaurant. Today you know that restaurant as Stefano’s on Linden Street in Bethlehem, and we are proud to have celebrated our 25th anniversary in September 2009.


So, if you have never joined our family for lunch or dinner, then we extend to you a gracious invitation to come and enjoy our fine cuisine and join our family at the table. If you are already one of our beloved family customers, we would like to thank you for your many years of support and promise to keep producing fine food, Gelato and spirits the only way we know how … excellently!


From all of us at Stefano’s, thank you!