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The Notorious History Behind the Gebardi Name

More than a hundred years ago, a family took the long journey from Licata, Sicily through Ellis Island and to Chicago. The Gebardi family, became immediately entrenched in the era of Prohibition and paid a dear price for choosing to earn a living in bootlegging industry. Young Vincenzo heard the folklore of the old country from his mother, Guiseppa (Josephine). His feet in two-worlds, his mother’s vivid stories of Sicily and the mean streets of New York. Immigrants had to learn very quickly to defend themselves. His father dies early in his childhood and his step-father struggles in the grocery business.

Vincent found a passion in boxing in New York. After severe economic strain, the family moved to Chicago to make a new life. He discovered that boxing is outlawed in Chicago, forcing him to find creative ways to keep his passion going. He changed his professional name to Jack McGurn. One of his fights led to an introduction to a young Alphonse Capone, who was a boxing enthusiast, gambler and then lieutenant to bootlegger, Johnny Torrio. In the years following, he established a much closer bond with Al.

At a very early age, he mets Helen. Both young and in love, the two impetuously married. Shortly after, Helen gave birth to a baby. Fearing the anger and disappointment of her husband for giving birth to a daughter, she managed to keep the gender of the baby hidden...for a while.

Meanwhile, Vincent embarked on a life of crime in the Capone organization and became known in history as “Machine-Gun Jack McGurn”, acting as Capone’s chief gunman. He was a prime suspect in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the most horrific and bloody gangland slaying in history. He was the mastermind for the massacre, but the hired gunmen who botched the job would forever destroy his reputation for being a precision assassin who never killed the innocent...turning him into a liability. He abandoned Helen and their daughter for his girlfriend and alibi, Louise Rolfe, marrying her after obtaining a quick divorce.

Jack became destitute after Capone was sentenced and imprisoned for tax evasion. He became obsolete and an obstacle to the outfit. He was murdered 7 years after the massacre (almost to the day). It’s believed he knew too much.

Helen became a strong mother for her daughter and later remarried. Four generations later, her family shares the rich heritage of food, passed down from “Nana” Helen...a bounty and blessing of flavor and history. Today, Christine (Helen & Jack’s great-granddaughter) and her husband David, have married their old-world heritage and the zest of Chicago history to bring you "Notoriously Delicious" Italian food that restores honor to the family name...Gebardi.

Si mangia bene...You’ll eat well!


Growth of the Gebardi Brand

Since Gebardi’s fledgling commercial production run in May of 2010, the brand has rapidly expanded from selling Chicago Pizza products at local farmers’ markets and the first specialty store offering in Sandpoint, ID to over 120 stores as of 2016. Gebardi™ is now sold in Idaho, Washington and Montana and Oregon. In early 2015, we launched our Amazon shop, adding Chicago Pizza Subscriptions to our product line. Plans are underway in the near future for more widespread distribution as demand continues to increase significantly.
In 2016, we added chicagopizzastore.com to our family and introduced a new line of Italian Spice Mixes & Oils.