Jimmy’s of Chicago opened for business on December 19, 2008. Owners, Kerry and Zalena Kersting wanted to bring to Gilbert, AZ the great Italian food they grew up on back in the Midwest. Kerry is originally from St. Louis, MO and came to the Phoenix area in 1975. Zalena (maiden name Moccio) met Kerry when she came to Arizona for college, leaving behind her Chicago home and its great food.
Zalena’s family has been in the restaurant business in the Chicago area for over 20 years.
Her sister (Frem) and brother-in-law (Jim – what a surprise) are the owners of Jimmy’s Place on Madison Street in Forest Park, IL. Jimmy’s Place has been a hangout for locals for the last 10 plus years. It serves great food and has a historical ambiance and feel.
After decades of unsuccessfully searching for a great Italian restaurant in the East Valley, we decided to open our own. Jim and Frem agreed to let us use all the same recipes and have helped us tremendously in beginning our dream.
We offer authentic, made to order Chicago-Italian food, homemade pizza, pasta, and sandwiches from recipes that have been passed down from Zalena’s family. It is our goal to feed you time and time again and hope that you become one of our regulars. We love meeting new people and hope that you will introduce yourself at your next visit. For an Italian-Gilbert restaurant come to Jimmys.