Looking for an Authentic Italian Restaurant? Your Search is Over.

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Maybe you have Italian heritage and you are looking to connect to your culinary roots. Maybe your heart is in Italy and you’d like to reminisce about the flavors of the land. Or perhaps you simply appreciate a well-made pizza. If any of these describes you, Bernardi’s is the perfect place to eat!

For more than eight decades, people have flocked to our Bernardi’s Family Italian restaurants to taste our authentic dishes. Our tortellini and spaghetti will transport your tastebuds to Northern Italy, where our recipes and family first began. While we’ve expanded a great deal since opening our first store in 1933, you’ll find we haven’t lost the flavor of our authentic Northern Italian cooking.

But It’s Not Just Italian…

While we are intimately tied to our Italian roots, we also offer American favorites! From delicious steaks, seafood and baby back BBQ ribs, to our famous fried chicken; we have something everyone can enjoy.

Check Out Bernardi’s Washington, IL Location!

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The popularity of our excellent Italian cuisine has fueled the expansion of our restaurant from its first location, which was founded in Toluca, IL in the 1930s. Now, you don’t have to drive 40 miles away from Washington, IL just to taste our delightful recipes. Now, you can visit a convenient location right here in Washington, IL:

Bernardi’s Legacy

Back in the early 1900s, numerous Italian immigrants made their way to Toluca, IL looking for work. While many Italian men worked the coal mines, Nildo Arthur Bernardi had a different dream. In 1933, he founded Mona’s Italian Restaurant. Little did Bernardi know, he would start a legacy of exquisite Italian cuisine that would pass from generation to generation. Today, more than 80 years later, all Bernardi’s restaurants are run by his descendents.

See What We Offer

  • Dining – Our restaurants seat more than 200 people. Come by for lunch or dinner and get your fix for genuine Italian cuisine!
  • Catering – Get our 4-star professional catering at your next social or business function!
  • BanquetsCome and have your party at our place!
  • Events – See what’s coming up and get ready for an excellent night out!

Not in Pontiac, IL?

Bernardi’s has locations in Toluca, Pontiac and Dunlap. We also serve Peoria and East Peoria.