Written by Carolyn Gilg
Photos by Carolyn Gilg
January 18, 2023
Two well known Albion icons were on display, Tuesday, January 17, 2023: Cascarelli’s Restaurant and Jim Cascarelli. Tuesday Jim celebrated his birthday with his hometown at the restaurant that has born his family name since 1909. Jim turned 80 on Tuesday and celebrated with his family and the Albion community at large. Among those family members helping Jim & Nancy, were their three children: Erin, Dana and Matt. Many community members came from near and far to help celebrate this historic event.
Jim was born in Albion at the-then Sheldon Memorial Hospital on January 17, 1943, to Louis and Helen (DeLuca) Cascarelli and has worked at the family restaurant for many years. Jim & his wife Nancy have become the face of Cascarelli’s since the death of Jim’s mother Helen. Prior to his parents’ deaths (dad Louis in 1975 and mom Helen in 2007) Jim worked alongside them, learning the restaurant business from them. Along with their well known and well-loved pizza, Cascarelli’s now offers a full menu with special items offered on the weekends. And let’s not forget all those lovely, lovely nuts.
If you weren’t able to stop in yesterday, the old adage “better late than never” works here; stop in one day this week and wish Jim a happy 80th birthday.