Cicero pizzeria owner fatally shot in apparent robbery

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The owner of a pizzeria in Cicero was fatally shot early Thursday morning at his restaurant after an apparent robbery.


Giovanni Donancricchia, owner of Albano’s Pizzeria in Cicero

Giovanni Donancricchia, 64, owner of Albano’s Pizzeria, was pronounced dead at 12:56 a.m. at the scene after confronting the male attacker.

Albano’s Pizzeria is located at 5913 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Over the winter, Donancricchia and his restaurant were featured on an episode of ‘Chicago’s Best’, seen on WGN.

He was a native of Sicily and had run Albano’s for about 25 years.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

WGN Web Producer Ally Suffrin published this report. 

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  • sw33tp38

    He was a good man and dedicated his life to making a better life for his family. Someone needs to catch this worthless person that did this.

  • Muchmix3

    Come on, perpetrator- can you not find SOMETHING BETTER TO DO than to kill decent, hard working community members? Karma is coming back to bite you. Prayers for Mr. D and his family.

  • frony

    Its crazy how innocent have to pay the prive for lowlife people.our town is always marked by crime but yet tje town president says nothing.there is crime all over this city but the residents never hear about It because the current administration keeps It that way and as for the copa most dont care because they dont live in the town.

    • sammy750

      It is time the citizens take to the streets and demand changes. Nothing has been done so far for decades against crime. People have to demand it NOW.

  • Kris

    Another good reason to allow Chicagoans to carry guns. Restaurant and store owners should be able to defend themselves and their employees.

  • arubatom

    I wish we'd read more stories about the good guy shooting one of these scumbags in the face and ending their moronic lives. Kris is right in the one post…it would make these bad guys (or should I say cowards) think twice about robbing or shooting someone.

  • Anonymous

    This is such a tragedy.
    I knew John, as he called himself, he was a loyal customer of the company I worked for.
    It saddens me to learn of his death. I didn’t know him on a personal level, but enjoyed his company when we spoke.
    My condolences to his wife and family.
    Terrible, terrible loss.

  • sammy750

    Another SAD death in Chicago and Illinois. This city and surround communities are killing zones for thugs and gangs without any stopping by law enforcement. The Chicago and community law enforcement , Chicago Mayor, council and the Governor just does nothing to stop crime. It is time the people demand changes. Nothing will be done until the people demand it. Citizens cannot just stand or sit by and let the killings continue, the people need to take justice into the streets, demanding change.

  • matt cordtwist

    been going there twenty-five years as its rite around the corner. he got robbed last march too. many storefronts have closed on both the Chicago and Cicero side. nitelife are many homeless druggers. Roosevelt rd not what it used to be but will surely never be the same now to me having known the family for so long

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