It's been a little over a year now since we, Roger and Julie Hoy, assumed ownership here at Geppetto's. The outpouring of support has been amazing. Our dedicated staff has provided great food and service to our many satisfied customers.
We are thankful for the continued interest and support of David Hoy (past owner) and Tom Barsotti (original owner). They are keeping us in line and on track to keep up the Geppetto's traditions.
The past year has brought many repairs and a few important changes; the grill, the freezer, the AC, the oven, the pasta cooker, the plumbing, the alarm system and even the Geppetto's sign out front. The water ban has made for an interesting month but we're making it happen. We are using bottled water for all of our cooking, food prep and drinking. Bagged ice and bottled soft drinks are pouring just fine! We are a resourceful bunch.
Our passion here is great food and friendly service. Our hope is that each guest will feel first, not last in a long line. Cleanliness is a must and we work hard to ensure a pleasurable dining experience for everyone.
We now offer beer and wine along with our full menu for delivery. Our delivery range includes almost every address in Salem!
We have a customer appreciation program through Fivestar. Give us your phone number and with each purchase you will earn one point per dollar spent. Reach a certain number of points and begin to redeem your rewards. Should you elect to receive text notifications, we'll shoot you a message now and then about specials and such.
Some of the Airstream Convention folks, camped at the fairgrounds, have been happy customers here this week. Come in and give us a try. We take reservations and they are a good idea, especially if there will be more than five in your party.
Throwing an office, birthday or retirement party? How about a reception? Large or small, we can help. Call for catering information. (503) 378-1271.
As a final note: Roger wanted to let you know that he loves me. Fact is... I love him too. We have suffered some and laughed much through our first year of "Restaurant Ownership Immersion School." This is an adventure to say the least.
If you have read this far, bless you. Want to see us? You know where to find us; here at Geppetto's Italian Restaurant, 616 Lancaster Dr. NE in Salem, OR.
Welcome to Geppetto’s Blog!
Welcome also to a new chapter in the history of a Salem staple.
Tom Barsotti and his “Ma” opened Geppetto’s doors at 616 Lancaster Drive NE on August 26, 1974. In 1983 a young kid by the name of David Hoy began working there. In those days, David rode his bike all the way from his Candalaria neighborhood to make Geppetto’s infamous Chicago style pizza. David’s commitment to the restaurant and it’s recipes were proven with the test of time. In 2006 Tom sold the restaurant to David and the Geppetto’s traditions continued. After 34 years of hard work and dedication, on June 1, 2017, David sold Geppetto’s to his older brother, Roger Hoy and his wife Julie.
The staff stayed on. The recipes and friendly, personal service remain unchanged. Geppetto’s is a family friendly restaurant with original recipes that continue to satisfy many a hungry customer. Roger and Julie have stepped into a wonderful wheel which has already been invented and has turned just fine for decades. A few tweaks here and there, great additions such as; house made cannoli and tiramisu have only added to the flavor and quality of the experience. You can say, “Bye bye to processed meatballs!” Julie’s recipe, handed down from a dear friend in Massachusetts are now a much loved addition.
In Geppetto’s casual (hint of the seventies) environment you’ll find: our friendly staff along with a menu of delicious house made recipes, a wide variety of pasta dishes etc., Chicago style pizza, thin and thick crust, deep dish and stuffed.
If you want great Italian food at an affordable price… look for the little red door and the porch light which is on seven days a week and has been for 43 years. We are here… ready to serve.
My name is Geppetto and I've lived here since 1974.