Award-Winning Chef/Restaurateur/Pizzaiolo Joe Farruggio Releases Memoir in Honor of National Italian American Heritage Month

The world-renowned founder/owner of Washington, DC’s legendary Il Canale, 90 Second Pizza, and A Modo Mio is pleased to announce the publication of his first book My Name is Joe And I Am a Pizza Man, An American Story.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — In addition to national Italian American Heritage Month, October is also National Pizza Month and National Pasta Month!! A key player in the Washington, DC restaurant scene since 1978, lauded restaurateur Joe Farruggio has more than a half of a century’s worth of experience on those topics! The noted Pizzaiolo began his career by working in a pizzeria in New York in 1970, just five days after he came from Italy on a ship called Michelangelo with his family. In 1977 he moved to Virginia and noticed that the presence of the Italian culture and authentic cuisine was scarce in the nation’s capital.

Today is National Evaluate Your Life Day, and writing My Name is Joe And I am a Pizza Man, An American Story (Fourth Lloyd Productions, 2022), gave Mr. Farruggio the opportunity to do just that. The new release which follows his footsteps from his childhood in Sicily to the kitchen of his world-renowned Il Canale restaurant in Washington, D.C. is now available on Amazon.

The memoir is co-written with award-winning, best-selling author Thierry Sagnier and offers valuable lessons for anyone searching to make their dreams come true.My Name Is Joe And I Am A Pizza Man, An American Story is the quintessential immigrant story, an entrepreneur’s tale of rags to riches, demonstrating that with courage, intelligence and instinct, no dream is too extreme. Mr. Farruggio’s award-winning restaurant, Il Canale is the only restaurant in D.C. to receive the top culinary honor from the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce and the National Institute of Tourism. Il Canale was named “One of the 70 Best Italian Restaurants and Pizzerias in the World” and one of Yelp’s “Top 100 Places to Eat” 2022. It also holds the coveted Gambero Rosso title for being a “Top Italian Restaurant” In Washington, DC, and many other distinguished honors.

Within a few years of opening, Il Canale became a celebrity hot spot in the heart of DC’s Georgetown neighborhood. Equally inspirational and thought evoking, Mr. Farruggio’s biography will motivate readers to follow their passions while increasing their profits. One of Joe Farruggio’s favorite activities is sharing his life and business lessons with students and entrepreneurs of all ages. For this reason, he was awarded the prestigious Premio Eccellenza Italiana award for Lifetime Achievement just a few days ago on October 14. In a ceremony conducted simultaneously between the Casa Italiana in Washington, DC and The Vatican in Rome, Italy, Mr. Farruggio accepted the honor and vowed to continue giving back to both the Italian and the American cultures which have enabled him to realize his full potential.

About Joe Farruggio

Award-winning restaurateur/pizzaiolo/chef Joe (Giuseppe) Farruggio, was born and raised in beautiful Agrigento, Sicily. With more than 53 years of restaurant, entrepreneurial, and culinary experience, he is now the owner of the renowned Washington, DC landmark Il Canale (one of Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat 2022), as well as the rapidly expanding 90 Second Pizza Concept and A Modo Mio in Virginia. Mr. Farruggio’s restaurants and his story have been featured in countless articles including those in: Forbes, The Washington Post, Washington Life Magazine, Thrillist, Washingtonian, USA Today, The Georgetowner, Eater DC, and many more newspapers, magazines, blogs, and television programs. Nowadays he lives in Washington, DC with his wife Teresa, and is the proud father of three children; Roberto, Enrico, and Alessandro and a grandfather of Francesco.For more information on Joe Farruggio, please visit or to schedule media interviews, presentations, or events with Joe, please contact: [email protected].

Media Contact

Lisa Comento, Il Canale, 1 (202) 431-8027, [email protected]


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