John Castrogiovanni – 1981

Jim Quinn photo, above

“Hilander still uses Dad’s ideas” by Cathy Rogers

Source: Rockford Register Star 8/10/1981 and also Rockfordiana:  Biographies, CAR – CAZ

Construction begins next month on the Fourth Hilander Store in Rockford; essentially one for each of the four brothers who were born and raised in the grocery business,

The new store will be at Spring Creek and Mulford. A general contractor has been hired to oversee building plans for the building. Previously the patriarch, Joseph, handled those details.  “He was the boss,” said number 3 son, John.

Joseph, their father, immigrated from Italy in the early 1900’s and sent for his mother and siblings a few years later.  He was first employed at Nelson Knitting Co. and worked part time at a local meat market.  Anthony and Joseph persuaded Joseph’s boss to lend them $1000 to open their own meat market, Sanitary Meat Market, 1006 S. Main St. Within 6 months the loan was paid off.  In 1937, the brothers, opened the second meat market at 2219 East State St., featuring homemade Italian sausages. In 1947, the grocery chain decided to move and took the plunge into the full grocery business.  By 1955, the third Castrogiovanni store opened on South Wyman St.. During the past two decades, three more were added to the family chain.  The store at 1715 Rural St. opened in 1959, the one at S. Alpine Rd. and Charles St. in 1966, and the last one at 3710 N. Main St. in 1977.  During that same period the store on So. Wyman and East State St. closed.

4 sons are:  Anthony, based at the Alpine Store, Alfred, based on N. Main St., John, based at Rural St. and Joseph handles the grocery and non-food items at the Alpine Store. The stores now employ about 360 people.  Another recent venture is Giovanni’s Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Rd., in 1977.

Castrogiovanni, Anthony A. (wife Lena) – from 1979 obituary

Castrogiovanni, Anthony A. (wife Lena) (owner of Sanitary Meat Market)  homeowner 1519 Montague St.,  Source:   1937 Rockford City Directory

Castrogiovanni, Anthony A.  “Anthony Castrogiovanni, grocery founder, dies”      Source:  Rockford Morning Star 11/15/1979

Anthony “Tony” Castrogiovanni, 77, 1509 Montague St., co-founder of a grocery business that grew into Hilander Foods, died Wednesday in St. Anthony hospital after a brief illness. He came to Rockford with his parents, 70 years ago, from Aragona, Sicily.

Mr. Castrogiovanni and his brother, Joseph, started out in the meat business in 1919 at 1016 S Main St. He was associated with his brother in the first Hilander Foods market on Rockford’s east side Highland District. Before his retirement, he was President of Hilander Foods, Inc., a business made up of members of the Castrogiovanni family.

Member St. Anthony Catholic Church, member and past president of Aragona Club.

Survivors include wife, Lena, a son Anthony F. Castrogiovanni, a Rockford dentist, 3 daughters: Joanne Celitti and Patricia Di Tullio, both of Rockford, and Margaret Castelli, of Naperville, and 13 grandchildren.

Gasparini and Oliveri Funeral Home, St. Anthony Catholic Church and St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Source:  Rockford Morning Star 11/15/1979, and also Rockfordiana: Biographies – CAR – CAZ, 1967 to present



Nicholas Castrogiovanni v-pres. & gen’l. mgr. 610 N Bell School Rd

Source: 1987 Rockford City Directory

Joseph Castro Giovanni Pres. restaurant 610 N Bell School Rd

Source: 2001 Rockford City Directory

Source: Rockford Register Star 10/11/1985

Head Chef/Owner Al Castrogiovanni and new chef Sean Farr

Source: photo, page 65, Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Fall 2008 of  Vol. 5, No. 3

Source: page 11 Northwest Quarterly Magazine Spring 2007


Zammuto, Peter Joseph

born 8/23/1929 in Rockford to Joseph and Susan (Collura) Zammuto. West High School grad. 1948, U of I grad with B.S. in business management m. Carm Licari in 1953, worked in family business Blackhawk Bottling Co., then Dept. of Defense for 24 years Air Force 1952 as Second Lieutenant in 1952, active duty 2 years, 18 years in Reserves 4 children: Susan (Joseph) Castrogiovanni, Joseph P. (Rebecca) Zammuto, Mary (Wayne) Nelson and Frank L. Zammuto. Fitzgerald Funeral Home, St. Anthony of Padua Church, St. Mary/St. James Cemetery

Source: Rockford Register Star 7/11/2011