food service with a passion since 1968

Locally Sourced × hand-Crafted with Love

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Growing up in Italy, a young boy named Giuseppe learned the value of a hard day’s work. At twelve he began working for a local coffee roaster and quickly learned the art of small batch artisan espresso coffee roasting. 

In 1968, Giuseppe opened his own shop in Chicago and served the first ever cup of espresso on American soil. The business prospered as people fell in love with the smooth taste of these aromatic Italian coffees. To help create an authentic traditional Italian café experience, he called in a master gelato maker from Rimini, Italy to train him in the fine art of crafting genuine Italian gelato.

Today, Giuseppe’s son Angelo has incorporated his own passion for sharing his Italian heritage. His premium coffees and espressos are still fresh roasted locally in small batches to ensure a consistently full-flavored, well-rounded taste. His gelati are made daily, using traditional Italian techniques, and each heavenly flavor is made from all natural imported fruits, berries and nuts for an intensely flavored, silky smooth indulgence.


Angelo Lollino

Angelo Lollino was born and raised to make amazing coffee, award-winning gelato and great Italian food.He grew up in Chicago in an Italian family that owned and operated Ristorante Italia for nearly 30 years. Angelo’s father was also a master coffee roaster, and one of the first to introduce espresso coffee in the U.S. through his wholesale coffee company and cafes that also served house-made artisan gelato and Sorbetto.


Giovanna Lollino

As Vice President and Operations Manager of Ala Mode Inc., Giovanna Lollino plans, directs and coordinates all internal operations. This includes day-to-day responsibilities of improving performance, productivity, efficiency and profitability at Ala Mode Inc. and at Massa Cafe Italiano. She has nearly 20 years of implementing effective methods and strategies like book-keeping and scheduling, examining financial data/statements, contributing to day-to-day success of operations, and recruiting, training and supervising human resources department.


Joey Lollino

A graduate of Kendall College, Joey earned his degree in 2016 for Hospitality Management. He was recruited by Aramark and managed concessions and hospitality at popular Chicagoland venues, including First Midwest Amphitheater, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island and the Allstate Arena. Joey enjoys working in the food-service industry as well as cooking at home.

Favorite Gelato: Coconut


Steven Steinberg, CPA

Steven holds more than 30 years expertise advising small to large corporations through critical change, stabilization and effective profit engineering processes. After 10 years as CFO of the $250 Million company, European Imports, he has joined Alamode Foods, Inc. as Chief Financial Officer/CPA.  He has been responsible for the overall financial management of companies, their financial reporting, operational and administrative activities. Steven excels at growing and effectively managing businesses with customized financial strategy tools and models that support and promote planning and forecasting.

Favorite Gelato: Caffe Macchiato

9240 W. Belmont Avenue, Unit C
Franklin Park, IL 60131



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