About Us

Our Story

 Joe's Pizza is family-owned and operated serving Paris patrons for over 45 years. Joe's is famous for its authentic Italian pizza and cuisine prepared using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. Our mission is: Building Bonds Over Food Prepared by our Family for Yours.  

Joe and Pia Vitale founded Joe's Pizza in 1973. In 1986, the four Vitale children took over operations while continuing to use their parents' secret family recipes. Later, the Vitale family expanded operations by opening a second restaurant in Shelbyville, Illinois. In 2017, a third restaurant was opened in Tuscola, Illinois. 

Today all four children and their families own and operate these restaurants. Although Joe has retired, he still is found in the Paris kitchen each day ensuring the famous quality of Joe's cuisine is continuously upheld.

Awards & Recognition


Joe's Pizza has been recognized as some of the best pizza in Illinois.  

"These 16 Pizza Places in Illinois Are So Good That Your Mouth May Explode"  OnlyInYourState.com  

"The 19 Best Pizza Places in the Entire State of Illinois"  Thrillist.com


Joe & Pia Vitale

Founders of Joe's Pizza