Local business answers Riverside's call for pizza

Prestello's brings missing ingredient to downtown dining

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By Bob Uphues


For years, Riverside residents have wondered, "Why doesn't this village have a pizza place of its own?"

It does now.

Late last month, Prestello's Pizza quietly appeared on the scene, inside the corner space at the Arcade Building, 1 Riverside Road.

Thin-crust pizzas are handmade to order in three sizes — they also sell a thicker crust version by the slice — using a family recipe. You can dine in at one of the few tables inside the business or they'll deliver to Riverside, Brookfield, Lyons, Berwyn and North Riverside.

But wait, you, say, isn't that where Urban Leaf and Bean coffee shop is located?

Well, yes it is.

The owners of Urban Leaf and Bean, Dannette Massarello and Valerie Presto — "Prestello's" combines their two last names — haven't abandoned the coffee shop concept.

From 7 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, the business will operate as Urban Leaf and Bean. Then from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., they'll pull out the checked tablecloths and transform the place into a pizza parlor. It's open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Massarello and Presto said they decided to jump into the pizza business just a few weeks ago, after brainstorming ways to expand offerings for customers.

"We needed something more," Presto said.

Italian food and pizza in particular seemed a natural, according to Presto, a self-proclaimed "pizza freak."

"We've had so many people ask for pizza," said Massarello.

The two spent a night honing a pizza dough recipe, which had its origins in a recipe that came from Massarello's Neapolitan grandmother.

"We stayed late making dough, combining recipes and finally got it down," said Presto.

The two then began delivering sample pizzas to local businesses to get the word out.

In the next few weeks, Prestello's hopes to expand its offerings beyond pizza to pastas, chicken dishes, sandwiches, soups and more. The owners have installed a range hood in the kitchen and have purchased a stove, which is waiting to be installed.

"It will be all homemade," said Presto. "This is the kind of stuff I eat. I just want people to enjoy a place with a family atmosphere."

Once that happens, said Presto, they are hoping to serve home-style Italian fare. Presto added that the business is looking to get a BYOB liquor license, so people can bring in a bottle of wine or beer to have with dinner.

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Jennifer O'Desky from Lyons, Il  

Posted: July 16th, 2014 12:26 PM

Prestello's has moved to Lyons. The new address is 8107 Ogden Ave inside McCafferty's Sports Bar. The new number for delivery is 708-442-0630

Pizza man  

Posted: December 20th, 2012 6:33 AM

Dan:you can skip the tea,we drink JackDanials and Bud.Gets no simpler than that.Take that tea and give your self that much needed enema.

Dan Jones  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 2:23 PM

I would welcome their visit, Braveheart, especially if you came over with them. Call them. We'll serve Papa Johns though, but I'll be sure to have some herbal tea on hand for you and your partner. I'll pick a very sensitive and contemplative flavor for your complex tastes.

Pizza man  

Posted: December 19th, 2012 6:48 AM

Dan,you came to Riverside looking for pizza.Perhaps it's a shrink that you really need.Maybe dcfs should look into paying your house a visit.

Bret from Riverside  

Posted: December 18th, 2012 10:45 PM

lol - Internet Fight! lol - Papa Johns!

Dan from North riverside  

Posted: December 18th, 2012 9:38 PM

The only fecal matter I'm aware of is coming out of your immature cowardly anonymous comments. But thanks for stoppin' by any way Pee-Man. I'm sure if you have kids they will be so proud of your closeted bravery. When you are ready to come out of your pizza box closet, I'll be waiting patiently to meet you personally so I can learn more sophistication from that "double stuffed" head of yours. - Dan Jones

Pizzaz man  

Posted: December 18th, 2012 9:11 PM

Sorry Dan but horse poop pizza is horse poop pizza.If you're from Chicago you should know better.

Dan Jones from North Riverside  

Posted: December 18th, 2012 3:23 PM

To Riverside and pizzza man: Thanks for your constructive comments on my kids taste is dog food and how sad my child rearing is. Perhaps you would like to advise me more. I would be glad to meet you for lunch wherever you'd like. I'll even buy. You can explain more to me how wonderfully friendly and wise the people of Riverside are, and how you and the rest of the great community would love to help me raise cultured and sophisticated children just like you. Sincerely, Dan Jones


Posted: December 16th, 2012 11:59 AM

Just by looking at it and not even having to taste,you can tell its better than papa johns.

pizzza man  

Posted: December 16th, 2012 10:12 AM

sorry but papa johns is not pizza.not suitable as dog food.

Riverside from Riverside  

Posted: December 15th, 2012 10:56 PM

We just had this pizza - yummy - Disappointed from North Riverside - i feel sad that ur kids like papa johns...it reflects bad on u that u take them there...are they craving McDonalds too? Please teach them good food does not equal cheap food. Thanks!

Horrible from North Riverside  

Posted: December 15th, 2012 8:59 PM

Under-cooked, soggy, paper thing, and too much spice. Not a single person at our dinner table could stomach it. Not to mention, the two very thin, light pizzas cost us over $35. They did refund out money, but I will never go back.

Disappointed from North Riverside  

Posted: December 11th, 2012 8:50 AM

Phone number not listed anywhere. No website. Not even a yelp entry. Person who took my call, after a neighbor gave me their number, was rude and a bit incredulous that I would ask what they offer. Stared they didn't have specials, even thoughts neighbor got them with their order. Pricey. $45 for two medium pizzas. Only crispy thin crust unless you want to pay more for "double dough" whatever that is. 3 out of 5 for the pizza itself. It was ok. My kids still like papa johns better.

Mary Judy from Riverside  

Posted: December 10th, 2012 7:24 PM

Awesome pizza! Just what we've been looking for in Riverside. Thanks to the business owners for answering the call. We'll be ordering regularly. And I second the request for lattes. Would much rather spend my money in Riverside.

Fitz Robling from St. Louis  

Posted: December 9th, 2012 8:31 PM

Can we get a price check? How does it compare to Dr. Pizza.


Posted: December 8th, 2012 5:30 PM

Love that we have a pizza place in town. Please, please get a latte / cappuccino machine. I spend hundreds at Starbucks each month and would rather support local business than big chains.


Posted: December 7th, 2012 1:53 PM

Our pizza was really good. Nice, thin crust and not too much cheese, so not greasy at all. A little spice to the sauce, too, which was nice. Wanted the bottom of the crust done a little more, but overall good stuff. Our new go-to place for pizza

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