Lori Jozwiak never thought she'd want her own restaurant. But, when the restaurant business is ingrained in one's family - her dad Gino Pollari, who owned Two Guys From Italy in Highwood - its tough to avoid eventually winding up in the industry. Lori knew the countless hours her dad spent making Two Guys a success, yet she was still drawn to the life
After raising her own children, Lori opened Lauretta's Italian Bake Shop & Café in Mundelein. Lauretta's started out small, catering corporate lunches and providing a small lunch menu in a small space in downtown Mundelein.
After only a year, business was brisk and it became apparent she needed to expand the menu and space. Lauretta's moved to a bigger location, 709 S. Lake St, and introduced a full menu, which now features seafood and pasta in addition to the original gourmet sandwiches. Lauretta's also expanded her catering.
Lauretta's started with sandwiches and two entrees, Chicken Parmesan and Lasagna, and is now serving over 35 entrees and hosting wine pairing dinners and other special events.