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My father was born on the north side of Chicago.

My grandmother, a great traditional cook, taught him the secrets of her pizza and many other family recipes. My dad, on the other hand, liked to experiment and actually started using fresh vegetables and whole wheat in his recipes (to the horror of his mother), long before it was in vogue.

On weekends he would throw a large checkered tablecloth over the dining room table and invite friends, family and acquaintances over for dinner. He would serve them his variations of time-honored family dishes as well as recipes he was developing, most of which received outstanding reviews. Dad’s pasta dishes were fantastic, but his pizza was his crowning achievement. Over the years we always had family and friends coming by, eating, drinking, talking and listening to old Frank Sinatra and big band records. My dad truly practiced his philosophy about life: the key to happiness is friends, good food and music.

Dad has since passed away but his presence lives on in our hearts. All in all, he was well-loved and thought of by his family and friends and lived life with a zest that I can only envy. We miss him greatly.

On behalf of our entire Oregano’s family – please enjoy yourself!

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Mark S. Russell



My parents taught me the value of giving back, which is why we’ve supported many worthy causes over the years. And as our family grows, so does our desire to help more charitable organizations.

In continuing to honor my parents’ legacy, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro is helping fight hunger with our Carbs for a Cause Charity Event. Pasta is a great way to provide a filling meal for so many families in need, and we want to do our part to help feed people in the community.

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Oregano’s and the Gibbilini family have always given back to the community. And we want to
help you support your favorite charity, too. So host a Giveback Day at one of our joints!*

*Please note there may be blackout dates during the holiday season and on other select dates during the year.


It’s as easy as

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Complete the Gibbilini Giveback Request form and send it with your current W9 to givebacks@oreganos.com (at least 6 weeks prior to requested date)

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Your chosen Oregano’s location reviews your request and lets you know if we can help you raise some dough* (within 2 weeks of submission)

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If so, we’ll create a cool flyer you can use to advertise your Giveback— give it to everyone you know!

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On your Giveback Day, guests who bring your flyer to the designated Joint will have 20% of their check donated to your organization (excluding tax & gratuity)—even if they just take-out!**

Get Your Gibbilini Giveback Request Form here

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*Not all requests can be approved due to availability and seasonality. Events held Monday-Wednesday.

**Oregano’s cuts a check to the organization listed on your W9 within 4-6 weeks after the event.