By Sam Elliott
Aurelio’s Pizza rang in its newest location, at 13147 Parkside Dr. in Fishers, with a grand opening celebration Aug. 18.
The Fishers location of the Homewood, Ill., company founded in 1959 is the 42nd Aurelio’s across six states.
Joe Aurelio, son of the restaurant’s original founder, said the greater Indianapolis area had been on the company’s radar for some time.
“We put out the question of where people would like to see the next Aurelio’s on our Facebook page, which has over 30,000 people on there. The No. 1 response was Indianapolis,” Aurelio said. “People who maybe grew up in northwest Indiana or around Chicago but live here now have been asking for it.”
Fishers’ Aurelio’s is the 16th location in Indiana, but the first outside of the northwest portion of the state. Fishers franchise owner Michael Stevens also owns a pair of locations in Winfield and his native Crown Point.
“I love the Fishers and Carmel area, so I knew Hamilton County would be good and a lot of people had contacted Aurelio’s corporate office saying, ‘Hey we grew up in northwest Indiana or the suburbs of Chicago and would love to have an Aurelio’s here where we are now,’” Stevens said. “There was a need for it down here, so we said, ‘Hey let’s try it out.’”
The location offers delivery, carry out and online ordering, and customers can earn rewards points with the company’s Aurelio’s Pizza smartphone application. For more, visit aureliospizza.com/locations/fishers.