The Fratellos restaurants were started back in 1978 by the Carvelli brothers. Fratellos actually means ‘brothers’ in Italian. After running the Rolling Meadows location for 20 years, Lou Carvelli, who had a solo act by that time, elected to concentrate on his Lakemoor location. He sold the Rolling Meadows restaurant to John Manios who has proven to be the perfect guy to follow the Carvelli’s for the past two decades. Together with Jose, a trusted employee for most of those years; as well as Erica, Phil, Travis, and George, they have made friends of customers and have become an iconic part of the community.
Consistent great food and service at Fratellos have been daily goals to live and work by, featuring Vienna Beef hot dogs and sausages, third-pound burgers, Italian beef, gyros, and salads have rounded out a complete menu that customers keep coming back for. Fratellos II has been part of Rolling Meadows, supporting events like ‘taste of the town’. Even sports celebrities, like professional quarterback Jimmy Gaffalo, have chowed down at Fratellos II while growing up in the community. John and his wife Connie are very proud of their restaurant, only to be exceeded by their love and pride for their seven granddaughters. Their kids, Gigi, Cindy, and Bill have seen to that.
The Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame was created to honor hot dog operations that have achieved longevity and developed into neighborhood landmarks. Out of thousands of Vienna Beef customers over the years, we have recognized 127 nationwide since the award was inaugurated in 2006. We are proud to welcome Fratellos II as the 128th recipient. Congratulations to John Manios and his great family and staff.