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It all began in 1921 with one man and a dream.


Cannova’s was founded in 1921 by Anthony Cannova, a native of Sicily. Originally located in Freeport, Illinois, it featured a grocery store in the front and a pizzeria-tavern in the rear. After serving in the Pacific in WWII, Anthony’s son Frank returned to run the business and moved it to its present location in 1964. Frank transferred primary control of the Freeport restaurant in 1983 to his daughter Linda and her husband Patrick. Frank's youngest daughter Debbie established the Neenah location in 2005. Cannova’s continues to make Frank’s original recipes of pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, fresh bread and pizza dough.


The signature items of Cannova’s are the Classic Pizza, which was featured in the December issue of Pizza Today as a “Pacesetter” of the Midwest; the alfredo sauce which includes Asiago, Romano, and Parmesan cheese and the House Salad Dressing which was developed by Anthony. We hope you come and join us for a special evening, you’ll be glad you did.

“Al Dente as a way of life.” 

 -   The Bay  -



“Forget the motherland - The best Italian food
is made right here in Neenah.”

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“If Pasta could sing!”

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