Iozzo’s Garden of Italy celebrates 10 years of business, beloved family recipes and movie-worthy backstory

Dec 05, 2019 450

Back in the 1930s, Iozzo’s Garden of Italy was the place to get dressed up and go out to eat in downtown Indianapolis. Originally located at 323436 S. Illinois Street (where the Hyatt hotel currently sits), Iozzo’s was the largest restaurant in the Midwest—with a dining room that sat 500 people and a banquet room that could seat 350 more.

There were live Vaudeville acts, dinner and dancing and plenty of glamour. That was until an incident involving a bar brawl, shocking headlines and a murder trial drove the family to and shut the doors of Iozzo’s for 70 years.

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