Cason, Maria

Maria’s Italian Café restaurant est. 1933. Born 8/5/1888, Cupano, Italy (maiden Name: Carratto). Two sons: John E. (Jake) and Tony Cason.  Came to Rockford 43 years ago married Tissiano Cason in Kankakee 1922. Member St, Anthony’s and Venetian Ladies Auxiliary

Source: Rockford Morning Star 5/22/1959

Cason, Anthony “Uncle Tony”

91, of Rockford, passed away in Provena St. Anne’s. Born April 17, 1915, the son of Tiss and Maria Cason, he married Marguerite Marconi in St. Anthony Church in 1938. Tony and his mother created and founded Maria’s Italian Café and Maria’s frozen foods. He owned The Music Box, Green Gables, Palm gardens, The Airport Restaurant and Nino’s Steakhouse. Tony played the trumpet in the Al’s Iowaianes Band and also for special services in the army, WWII. Member of St. Anthony Church. Predeceased by brother John (Jake), sisters Irene Cherichetti and Inez Vitale.  Arrangements by Gasparini and Oliveri Funeral Home.

Source: Rockford Register Star 3/10/207

Owner of Maria’s [Restaurant] May Open New Restaurant – 2016

Chuck Sweeny

Source:  Rockford Register Star May 17, 2016

 

Maria’s Italian Cafe

Maria’s Italian Café sign over the door “John and Joe’s Casa di Amici” began in 1924 out of back door of kitchen, restaurant opened in 1930’s run first by Maria Cason, then sons Tony and Jake now run by Jake’s widow Carmella, & sons Joe and John In 1940’s military personnel from Camp Grant dined in basement.

Maria's Italian Cafe

Source: Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2008. p 75 Vol 5 No 4

Maria's Italian Restaurant Frozen Food

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine Spring 2007

Maria's Italian Cafe

Maria's Italian Cafe

est in 1913 828 Cunningham Road Owner: Carmella Cason

Source: Rockford Register Star 2/12/2010 Go Section

Maria's Italian Cafe

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Maria's Italian Cafe

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Cason family owners of Maria's
Cason family owners of Maria’s

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Joe Cason
Joe Cason

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