Happy New Year!
Renato Longordo, Sr. (picture left) was born in Scilla Italy, a small town across from Sicily on the Strait of Messina. He was born into a family of bakers and excellent cooks. From an early age he was working in the family bakery. It was here that he developed his skills for preparing, appreciating, and enjoying good food.
After many hardships in famine stricken Southern Italy, Renato emigrated to the USA in 1959. In 1964 he opened his first business, "Paisano Pizza" , first in Compton, later in Huntington Beach.
In 1982, he opened "Renato's Pizza" in Westminster, CA. at the corner of Brookhurst and McFadden, where it is still today. A few years later, the new dining room was added and it then became " Renato's Restaurant".
Renato Sr.(right) was joined by his long time friend and chef Donato di Florio (left).
and then came Renato, jr, growing up surrounded by good food and a big Italian family whose life evolves around just one thing: MANGIARE!! From early on, Renato jr. was "involved" in the family business and since high school it became his full time passion.
Here he is: All grown up now, he took over the helm and is now your host and chef.
Born and raised in the Italian Province of Abruzzo, he earned his degree as executive chef at the famous "Scuola Alberghiera" in Roccaraso, Italy.