Four and a half decades in business

Apr 19, 2017 261

BY: Tami Jo Nix

Authentic Italian food served in a family friendly atmosphere has been the daily task of Marco Santeufemia for nearly 45 years. DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant, 516 S. I Street, is in one of Madera’s first shopping center, Bethard Square at Olive Avenue and North I Street. The center is presently undergoing some much needed renovations, including the repair and resurfacing of the parking lot.

DiCicco’s opened in February of 1973 after remodeling the former “Happy Steak” restaurant. The building has more than a dozen small stained-glass windows and a large one depicting a colorful pair of peacocks. Santeufemia is the grandson of Maria and Pasqual DiCicco who, with their four sons Nicola, Alberto, Frank and Roberto, were known as the “Four Sons of Italy.”

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