Share Your Enrico's Memories and Win Gift Basket From the Restaurant

The last dine-in day for Enrico's Italian Dining is Aug. 15, and Frankfort Patch and the restaurant are joining forces to reward readers for their reminisces about the village institution. Find out the details.


That's when will be . Although the restaurant isn't closing for good and will be moving to a as-of-yet-announced location, residents have logged a lot of memorable hours at Enrico's.


That's why Frankfort Patch and Enrico's are teaming up to let customers share their memories with everyone. And you might even be rewarded with an Enrico's gift basket for reminiscing.

Here's what you need to know.

Frankfort Patch editor Joe Vince will be at Enrico's from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12, to videotape customers sharing their favorite Enrico's memories and wishing the owners—Harry and Bob D'Ercole—and employees best of luck at the new location. The video will appear on Frankfort Patch and Enrico's Facebook page. Talking on camera enters you in a drawing for a chance to win one of three Enrico's gift baskets.


You also can enter by sharing your favorite memories—that includes photos—in the comments section of this article or on Enrico's Facebook page until noon Wednesday, Aug. 15. Winners will be announced that evening during Frankfort Patch's live blog from Enrico's last night at its current location.


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Tinley Park August 09, 2012 at 01:55 PM
My husband and I don't have one special memory. We have many! We've had date night every Thursday night at Enrico's since 1998. Mary Zeller, our server, and the other Thursday night regulars have become friends and a part of our week that we look forward to. Thursday was the night we could set all our other concerns and worries aside and just go have a great meal with good company. Today is our last Thursday for a long while.
Karin Bartlett August 09, 2012 at 02:55 PM
My favorite memory of Enrico's is, of course, the train cars! I can recall as a child hoping that my family and I would get seated in the train cars for dinner and be SO excited when we did! I sure hope that Enrico's chooses its new location quickly, as I really need to get my fettuccine Alfredo fix!
Robert King August 09, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I worked 5 to 6 years at Enrico's and made a lot of friends there, quite a few I am still friends with. The D'Ercoles are wonderful people to have worked for and I really cherish all my memories I have had there. Thanks to the D'Ercoles for wonderful friends and memories!
Barbara L. Wallace August 09, 2012 at 03:24 PM
August 2, 1997 was my first night as a hostess at Enrico's. My sister-in-law and good friend, Sue Zabelka Wallace, was training me at the door. It had started to get busy so there would be a wait. I said to the couple at the hostess stand "I'll give you this vibrator and when it beeps your table will be ready." My face couldn't have been any redder and I looked sideways at Sue and said "I didn't just say that, did I?" She was shaking her head and laughing and said "Yeeees, you did! Barb, we have to talk...." Luckily, the couple had a great sense of humor---I think it may have been the Hoholiks. I worked just 7 months at Enricos before moving to Tucson, but it was one of my favorite jobs. Everyone was so fun to work with, Harry was a sweetie and the garlic bread and minestrone were to die for. Thanks for so many good memories!!!
kathy kahlhammer August 09, 2012 at 03:50 PM
My favorite and best memory of Enricos is going there on a Friday night in 1986 and giving my boyfriend of 6 years, the old ultimatum! He had 2 days to decide whether we would go on and be husband / wife or go our separate ways! Well he picked the first of the two and we just celebrated our 26th anniversary in July! Thank You Enrico's!
Dana Skwirut August 09, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I was introduced to Enrico's when I started dating my future husband 11 years ago. His family, the Skwiruts, had been dining there from the very beginning. We have many special memories there, but the most recent one will stay with me forever. When my father-in-law, Jerry Skwirut, passed away in April, Harry showed up at my mother-in-law's door that same night with a pizza from Enrico's. That's the true meaning of a family restaurant. ~Dana Skwirut
Cheryl(King)Milligan August 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Cheryl(King)Milligan I started working there around1977.Start as an dishwasher,sandwich maker,salad maker,pasta cook and asst.cook for D'Ercoles.I miss Mr.D and Mrs.D so much.They are like my second parents.I enjoyed working with Agnes,Esther,Debbie(slugger),Delilah and also Alice who always singing the cat meow commercial.I been there almost 10 years.I enjoyed listening to the pizza boys singing Lucille by Kenny Rogers.Roy,Bill,Doug,Paul and few others I cannot recalled was very good.And best of all the good food At Enrico's.
Barb Wells August 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I love the food I have been going to Enricos for sbout 35 years it was my fathers favorite place for pizza . My father has passed away but everytime I would go past Enricos I would think of him . Thank you for all the good memories your restaurant has given our family. I will miss you guys your the best.
FSR August 11, 2012 at 09:27 PM
21 years ago we came to town with a 2.5 and 1 year old. Looking for a place for dinner we found Enrico's. Waited a long time for a table which happens but then the food was weak and the service was terrible. Not friendly to kids and family that day . Have not been back since. Good bye.
Marian Biegel August 12, 2012 at 03:29 AM
We have so many memories of Enrico's. We have made so many friends over the years since we have been coming since before we were married in 1979. We used to sit in the small booth by the door before they remodeled. We are also Thursday night regulars with Mary Zeller and have enjoyed seeing our friends there each week. We have had January and June birthday parties there as well as some Christmas parties as special occasions but after thinking about all of the memories we have there is one that I think sums up Enrico's as a family restaurant with good food. It was a January birthday party with family and Mr D came and sat down next to my father-in-law Raymond Biegel (who was in his late 80's) and they talked about life, family and food for probably 15 minutes. It was great to see them both laughing and enjoying life and my FIL never forgot about that. As Mr D. always said, "take your time and enjoy life." We are looking forward to seeing Enrico's at their new location. Marian and Jim Biegel
Linda Kelley August 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM
I wrote my tribute to Enrico's on my blog. Too many words to copy and paste it directly here. Addio mio dolce Enrico's. I bid you the fondest farewell. Thanks for the memories. ♥ http://forever-austine-allen.blogspot.com/2012/08/addio-mio-dolce-enricos.html Linda Kelley
Sam G August 14, 2012 at 08:06 PM
My husband worked at Enrico's during high school. He introduced me to Enrico's when we first started dating. It has been a stable for us ever since. In fact my fondest memory of Enrico's has to be when we had our wedding rehearsal dinner in the old train cars. It was such a great night with great food and friends in a very unique location. We are going to miss Enrico's. Please open again soon!
Michelle Williams August 14, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Yet...you still want to win a gift basket from them???
Michelle Williams August 14, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Where do I begin? The only place I have ever worked that felt like family. Mrs D, Mr D - the entire family. So SO many memories. Probably a few I can't share here LOL. Will be greatly missed to say the least.
Michelle Williams August 15, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Linda, THAT was beautiful!
Dean Huelhorst August 15, 2012 at 05:40 AM
I worked there during high school, college, and as a second job after college. I met many friends there. Two of my brothers worked there along with me. I have many fond memories of Enrico's over the almost 11 years that I worked there. Karaoke on Thursdays was always a good time, and softball games in the summer were a blast. However the most fond memory I have of Enrico's was one day in my 8th year of employment. A new girl started hosting with me in August of 1994. I married that new hostess in December of 1996 and we have 5 wonderful children.
Sandra Skwirut August 15, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Jerry and I had gone to Enricos since 1974, when it was a window and food passed through. I always told Harry I was sorry I never started an IRA with him 38 years ago--just imagine!! Dana's comment about the pizza delivery, by Harry, on the night of Jerry's death, flooded back ALL the wonderful times Harry had treated our family so well- --THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES----MORE TO COME!!! Sandy Skwirut
Michelle Williams August 15, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Beautiful Dana! And Sandra, I remember you and Jerry coming in every week!
Michelle Williams August 15, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Dean helped train me when I came on-board as a host!
Thomas Anderlik III August 15, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Enricos My fondest memory of Enricos is the day that I moved to Frankfort, and Enricos was “THE RESTAURANT” of Frankfort. My fondest memory of Enricos, is the day that I graduated Kindergarten, and we celebrated at Enricos…..My fondest memory of Enricos is the day that I graduated High School and we celebrated at Enricos….My fondest memory of Enricos is the day that I graduated College and we celebrated at Enricos…..My fondest memory of Enricos are the days that we ate at Enricos…..Enricos to me is not just a restaurant with one or two memories, Enricos gave me a lifetime of memories. There isn’t one memory that stands out, anytime that I eat Enricos, the memories come back to me like it was yesterday. There are times that I was having a bad day, and when I bit into that wonderful “famous” beef sandwich, the day turned around, just like when it rains, and the sun comes out. There are times that I got carry out at the Enricos in Frankfort Square, there are times that I got carry out at the Enricos in Frankfort, there are many of times that I ate at the restaurant, and every time it was consistent with the wonderful food Enricos has always provided. I will miss Enricos, just like I have missed eating in the trains, but the memories will live on. And Thank you Enricos for those fond memories that will live on forever, and I will be dreaming of the wonderful food you have provided for me, my family, and everyone else that loves Enricos.
Cyndy Swartz August 16, 2012 at 02:26 AM
My fondest memory of Enricos was when I started a new beginning in Frankfort my family decided to celebrate and we found Enricos! The food was fabulous, the staff great and the owner was there to make the new event even more spectacular..for several years later my family and I found a new family in Enricos.. Every special event focused on our dinning with an old friend, Enricos. Every special occasion, every birthday, holiday , etc we found our way home to Enricos. And every time we entered we were family.. Enricos I will miss you more than you will ever know and will wait for your return from your long journey away. Thank you for your years of happiness, perfection and memories. When I think of Enricos I will always think family!
Karen Kowaczyk Wilson August 18, 2012 at 02:00 AM
We moved from Chicago to Frankfort in 1967. Shortly afterward we were thrilled that a old sales demo garage had been converted to a carry out pizza restaurant. The pizza was great! This is the very same location where the current Enrico's stands. As his business grew the little Enrico's continued to expand building the restaurant and bringing in caboose (my son's favorite place to sit). Best beef sandwiches anywhere.
Lisa Fredrickson August 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I worked at Enrico’s for ten years and I would need to write a book to list all the memories. I miss and love you all. Mrs. D’s love for popcorn and the Packers , and her dislike for H2O. Mr. D’s eyes lighting up every time he sees me and wanting me to sit with him in his car and talk. Him telling guests to “take their time and enjoy life!” while we had over an hour wait. I have learned a lot of life lessons not only from Harry but from the guests and staff. As I am looking at all the pics I am flooded with memories. It was definitely family. A lot of the staff had theirs kids , brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews working there with them so I can’t think of one without the other. No matter if you were a guest or an employee I value the time I have spent with you. When one door closes another door opens; How about moving to Portland Oregon? P.S. I remember watching lots of Bears games there. Go Bears!


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